Things To See And Do Near Darnford Lodge

Charlotte
Things To See And Do Near Darnford Lodge

Tourist Information

Shropshire Tourism (UK) Ltd
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This museum can be found on the A49 in Craven Arms. There's an exhibition, gift shop, café and a 30 acre meadow to explore. It is definitely worth a visit as it is amongst other things, a tourist information centre for the Shropshire Hills. If you are interested in Geocaching, you will be interested to know that there are more than 40 caches within 10 miles of the Centre.
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Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre
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This museum can be found on the A49 in Craven Arms. There's an exhibition, gift shop, café and a 30 acre meadow to explore. It is definitely worth a visit as it is amongst other things, a tourist information centre for the Shropshire Hills. If you are interested in Geocaching, you will be interested to know that there are more than 40 caches within 10 miles of the Centre.
This is a tourist information centre in the centre of Shrewsbury.
Original Shrewsbury
This is a tourist information centre in the centre of Shrewsbury.

Local Shopping

If you don't fancy driving over the Mynd for bits and pieces, the village of Wentnor is about 8 minutes drive away. The stores themselves are just off the main road and amongst other things they sell ice creams which are very good value for money. This is a small, rural shop so please check opening times. To ensure you have all your provisions, we advise a stop off at Church Stretton or Craven Arms to shop in larger supermarkets before you arrive.
Wentnor Stores
If you don't fancy driving over the Mynd for bits and pieces, the village of Wentnor is about 8 minutes drive away. The stores themselves are just off the main road and amongst other things they sell ice creams which are very good value for money. This is a small, rural shop so please check opening times. To ensure you have all your provisions, we advise a stop off at Church Stretton or Craven Arms to shop in larger supermarkets before you arrive.
We are so lucky that this is in Church Stretton. Sue serves the best ice creams as well as absolutely beautiful chocolates and other sweet shop delights. There's even chocolate for diabetics. What more could you want?!
Chocolate Haven
We are so lucky that this is in Church Stretton. Sue serves the best ice creams as well as absolutely beautiful chocolates and other sweet shop delights. There's even chocolate for diabetics. What more could you want?!
*This store has been rebranded and renamed as Vine & Co and an updated photo will follow in due course.* This newsagent/hardware store in Church Stretton deserves a special mention as they have gone above and beyond for vulnerable local residents during lockdown. Not only do they have a well equipped newsagent section including a wonderful selection of cards, but also they have a wide range of quality hardware and haberdashery items to cover every eventuality. The icing on the cake is the plentiful supply of freshly made coffee and organic bottled milk from its vending machines.
Sandford Hardware
31 Sandford Avenue
*This store has been rebranded and renamed as Vine & Co and an updated photo will follow in due course.* This newsagent/hardware store in Church Stretton deserves a special mention as they have gone above and beyond for vulnerable local residents during lockdown. Not only do they have a well equipped newsagent section including a wonderful selection of cards, but also they have a wide range of quality hardware and haberdashery items to cover every eventuality. The icing on the cake is the plentiful supply of freshly made coffee and organic bottled milk from its vending machines.
We like to shop locally and support small businesses. This is definitely our butcher of choice in Church Stretton, whether you want to buy fresh meat for cooking later or take advantage of their ready to eat treats.
Hough & Sons Ltd
16 Beaumont Road
We like to shop locally and support small businesses. This is definitely our butcher of choice in Church Stretton, whether you want to buy fresh meat for cooking later or take advantage of their ready to eat treats.
This shop in Church Stretton is perfectly placed in the centre of the Shropshire Hills and is great if you have forgotten to pack some essential items of outdoor clothing or simply for browsing to find that perfect outdoor piece of kit.
The Outdoor Depot
This shop in Church Stretton is perfectly placed in the centre of the Shropshire Hills and is great if you have forgotten to pack some essential items of outdoor clothing or simply for browsing to find that perfect outdoor piece of kit.
No town is complete without an antiques shop and Church Stretton is no exception. This is one of those extraordinary finds, which is like a Tardis inside. Make sure you investigate every nook and cranny.
Stretton Antiques Market
36 Sandford Ave
No town is complete without an antiques shop and Church Stretton is no exception. This is one of those extraordinary finds, which is like a Tardis inside. Make sure you investigate every nook and cranny.
This little shop in Church Stretton is a particular family favourite for finding unusual gifts for friends and family. There is also a lovely selection of ethically sourced clothing.
Kaboodle
30 Sandford Avenue
This little shop in Church Stretton is a particular family favourite for finding unusual gifts for friends and family. There is also a lovely selection of ethically sourced clothing.
This bakery in Church Stretton is an absolute favourite with the locals. They serve the most beautiful bread and sweet and savoury pastries. You can even sit in and enjoy a meal surrounded by the wonderful sights and smells a bakery has to offer.
Mr Bun The Baker
12 Sandford Ave
This bakery in Church Stretton is an absolute favourite with the locals. They serve the most beautiful bread and sweet and savoury pastries. You can even sit in and enjoy a meal surrounded by the wonderful sights and smells a bakery has to offer.
This is an absolute must if you want to gather items in Church Stretton for the perfect picnic or bring delicious morsels home for eating whilst you prepare for your evening meal. It's not supermarket prices of course but the quality of the food makes it worth it.
Van Doesburgs
3 High St
This is an absolute must if you want to gather items in Church Stretton for the perfect picnic or bring delicious morsels home for eating whilst you prepare for your evening meal. It's not supermarket prices of course but the quality of the food makes it worth it.
This beautiful shop in Church Stretton is a local favourite for organic and ethically sourced dry store goods and toiletries. It is conveniently located next to one of the car parks next to the Co-Op.
Entertaining Elephants
43 High Street
This beautiful shop in Church Stretton is a local favourite for organic and ethically sourced dry store goods and toiletries. It is conveniently located next to one of the car parks next to the Co-Op.
This is a lovely little shop in Church Stretton where you you can add to your craft collection or get some inspiration.
The Prolific Crafter
9 High Street
This is a lovely little shop in Church Stretton where you you can add to your craft collection or get some inspiration.
This is a lovely place offering artisan products. It's perfect if you want to buy delicious, locally sourced food to take away and eat later or alternatively pop into the Ludlow Kitchen or book a table at the Clive Arms. It's easy to find as it is clearly signposted and is situated on the main A49.
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Ludlow Farm Shop
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This is a lovely place offering artisan products. It's perfect if you want to buy delicious, locally sourced food to take away and eat later or alternatively pop into the Ludlow Kitchen or book a table at the Clive Arms. It's easy to find as it is clearly signposted and is situated on the main A49.
Hignetts is classed as a supermarket but that is misleading as it's definitely something a little bit special. As such it is a favourite with the locals. It's meat is first class and the bakery section is deliciously tempting. It is well worth visiting if you're exploring anywhere near Pontesbury.
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Hignetts Of Pontesbury
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Hignetts is classed as a supermarket but that is misleading as it's definitely something a little bit special. As such it is a favourite with the locals. It's meat is first class and the bakery section is deliciously tempting. It is well worth visiting if you're exploring anywhere near Pontesbury.
The Market Hall in Shrewsbury doesn't have the most inspiring entrance but inside is a hidden treasure chest of delights. It's a must for foodies whether you want to purchase fresh fruit, vegetables, meat and fish or take advantage of the incredible variety of freshly cooked food in the various stalls. Don't go in when you are ravenous as it's too difficult to decide with all the delicious smells. Above the main floor are other stalls selling non-food relating items and it is an absolute treat to wander amongst the beautifully laid out stalls chatting to the wonderful stall holders. For more details, check out this link: https://www.markethallshrewsbury.co.uk/
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Market Hall
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The Market Hall in Shrewsbury doesn't have the most inspiring entrance but inside is a hidden treasure chest of delights. It's a must for foodies whether you want to purchase fresh fruit, vegetables, meat and fish or take advantage of the incredible variety of freshly cooked food in the various stalls. Don't go in when you are ravenous as it's too difficult to decide with all the delicious smells. Above the main floor are other stalls selling non-food relating items and it is an absolute treat to wander amongst the beautifully laid out stalls chatting to the wonderful stall holders. For more details, check out this link: https://www.markethallshrewsbury.co.uk/
If you like travelling through beautiful countryside and discovering new plants for your garden, this is the place for you. It is located just outside Welshpool, about 45 minutes away and has the added attraction of a café. The Dingle Nursery is also worth a visit whilst you are in the area.
Derwen Garden Centre
If you like travelling through beautiful countryside and discovering new plants for your garden, this is the place for you. It is located just outside Welshpool, about 45 minutes away and has the added attraction of a café. The Dingle Nursery is also worth a visit whilst you are in the area.
This is another must for plant lovers as it is situated just down the road from the Derwen Garden Centre in Welshpool about 45 minutes' drive from us. Not only does it stock a fabulous selection of plants, but it also provides an opportunity to look around the garden (for a small fee). It's a typical nursery without fripperies and the staff are incredibly helpful.
Dingle Nurseries Ltd
This is another must for plant lovers as it is situated just down the road from the Derwen Garden Centre in Welshpool about 45 minutes' drive from us. Not only does it stock a fabulous selection of plants, but it also provides an opportunity to look around the garden (for a small fee). It's a typical nursery without fripperies and the staff are incredibly helpful.
If you find yourself in the northerly part of Shrewsbury, we would definitely recommend a visit here. There is an exhibition centre documenting the Battle of Shrewsbury, a farm shop, artisan butcher and café.
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Battlefield 1403
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If you find yourself in the northerly part of Shrewsbury, we would definitely recommend a visit here. There is an exhibition centre documenting the Battle of Shrewsbury, a farm shop, artisan butcher and café.

Town

Nearby towns to visit
Church Stretton is our local market town which is about 12 minutes drive away over the Long Mynd. It is popular with tourists and it has a wide variety of shops catering for all interests and needs. There is a good sized Co-Op and a late night opening general store for last minute items. It has a very good food and produce market on Thursdays in the Market Square.
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Church Stretton
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Church Stretton is our local market town which is about 12 minutes drive away over the Long Mynd. It is popular with tourists and it has a wide variety of shops catering for all interests and needs. There is a good sized Co-Op and a late night opening general store for last minute items. It has a very good food and produce market on Thursdays in the Market Square.
This village which is about 15 minutes away from us is like none other around here and is quite rightly described as "quirky". The buildings are breathtakingly colourful (the Six Bells pub is currently bright orange) and the different styles of the buildings make for an interesting walk. It pays to wander through the side streets where you will find hidden gems such as the railway museum. It is particularly popular with artists and musicians and plays host to a variety of live music. It even has a theatre. If you enjoy beer, this is the place to visit as it has a long history of brewing beer and The Three Tuns Brewery in particular is world famous as the oldest brewery in England. It benefits from independent shops, supermarket, pharmacy, GP surgery, petrol station and a garage repair shop, which is fantastic if you don't fancy a trip up over the Mynd. One of our favourite pastimes is attending the Paul Bebb live auctions (also online) on a Saturday/Sunday as you never know what you might find.
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Bishop's Castle
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This village which is about 15 minutes away from us is like none other around here and is quite rightly described as "quirky". The buildings are breathtakingly colourful (the Six Bells pub is currently bright orange) and the different styles of the buildings make for an interesting walk. It pays to wander through the side streets where you will find hidden gems such as the railway museum. It is particularly popular with artists and musicians and plays host to a variety of live music. It even has a theatre. If you enjoy beer, this is the place to visit as it has a long history of brewing beer and The Three Tuns Brewery in particular is world famous as the oldest brewery in England. It benefits from independent shops, supermarket, pharmacy, GP surgery, petrol station and a garage repair shop, which is fantastic if you don't fancy a trip up over the Mynd. One of our favourite pastimes is attending the Paul Bebb live auctions (also online) on a Saturday/Sunday as you never know what you might find.
We love this beautiful town as there's so much to see. It is 40 minutes away and has an active market and an ecclectic mix of shops. The architecture around the town is breathtaking and locals obviously take great pride in their properties. The castle is a must for those who love history and the church tower is definitely a family favourite, although we never seem to agree on how many steps there are to the top. This market town is worth a whole day of exploration and you can cool your feet in the weir with the locals if you are feeling daring at the end of your day.
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Ludlow
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We love this beautiful town as there's so much to see. It is 40 minutes away and has an active market and an ecclectic mix of shops. The architecture around the town is breathtaking and locals obviously take great pride in their properties. The castle is a must for those who love history and the church tower is definitely a family favourite, although we never seem to agree on how many steps there are to the top. This market town is worth a whole day of exploration and you can cool your feet in the weir with the locals if you are feeling daring at the end of your day.
40 minutes drive away is Much Wenlock, which is described as being "the town that inspired the modern Olympic Games". The locals are very friendly and the medieval buildings and atmosphere make you feel like you have stepped back in time. There is so much to see and do here and we have still only scratched the surface.
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Much Wenlock
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40 minutes drive away is Much Wenlock, which is described as being "the town that inspired the modern Olympic Games". The locals are very friendly and the medieval buildings and atmosphere make you feel like you have stepped back in time. There is so much to see and do here and we have still only scratched the surface.
We discovered Bridgnorth when we went on the Severn Valley Railway. It is a really quaint town with beautiful architecture and steeped in history located about 50 minutes away. The castle and Victorian public gardens are well worth a visit. Apparently the castle tower leans at a sharper angle than the leaning tower of Pisa and you certainly don't feel inclined to stand directly beneath it!
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Bridgnorth
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We discovered Bridgnorth when we went on the Severn Valley Railway. It is a really quaint town with beautiful architecture and steeped in history located about 50 minutes away. The castle and Victorian public gardens are well worth a visit. Apparently the castle tower leans at a sharper angle than the leaning tower of Pisa and you certainly don't feel inclined to stand directly beneath it!
This village is one of our favourite spots as we have an Annual Pass to the Ironbridge Gorge Museums. The shops are wonderful and the lure of the tea rooms is too much for our family. Who can resist sitting on a sofa in the window with a large slab of homemade cake watching the world (and the river) go by...
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Ironbridge
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This village is one of our favourite spots as we have an Annual Pass to the Ironbridge Gorge Museums. The shops are wonderful and the lure of the tea rooms is too much for our family. Who can resist sitting on a sofa in the window with a large slab of homemade cake watching the world (and the river) go by...
25 minutes away is the market town of Shrewsbury. We feel so lucky to live near a town with such a diverse range of sights to see, activities to take part in, eateries to indulge in and shopping to enjoy. There are plenty of car parks and it is fairly level to get around although there is one steep hill to climb near the entrance to the main town via the English Bridge. The back streets are enchanting as the architecture dates back centuries. The park is stunning with the majestic River Severn meandering past its boundary and the red sandstone of the castle is magnificent set above the assorted town buildings below. There is so much history associated with this town and certainly one of our favourite stops is the museum.
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Shrewsbury
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25 minutes away is the market town of Shrewsbury. We feel so lucky to live near a town with such a diverse range of sights to see, activities to take part in, eateries to indulge in and shopping to enjoy. There are plenty of car parks and it is fairly level to get around although there is one steep hill to climb near the entrance to the main town via the English Bridge. The back streets are enchanting as the architecture dates back centuries. The park is stunning with the majestic River Severn meandering past its boundary and the red sandstone of the castle is magnificent set above the assorted town buildings below. There is so much history associated with this town and certainly one of our favourite stops is the museum.
Recently discovered by our 18 year old son during one of his exploration day trips, Broseley is a wonderful example of a Shropshire market town. He has told us that it is a "must" for our own list of places to see. It is also home to two of the Ironbridge museums.
Broseley
Recently discovered by our 18 year old son during one of his exploration day trips, Broseley is a wonderful example of a Shropshire market town. He has told us that it is a "must" for our own list of places to see. It is also home to two of the Ironbridge museums.
The Welsh town of Montgomery is one of our family favourites. It is seated on the English Welsh border and is home to Montgomery Castle (a magnificent ruin dating back to Norman times), the internationally famous "Robbers Grave" in St Nicholas Church and Bunners, the traditional ironmongers which is rightly regarded as "an Aladdin's cave". The town is enchanting and an utter delight to wander around. We love spotting the exhibit plaques on many of the houses and walls which provide such a fascinating insight into its history. There is still so much that we haven't seen, including the Cloverland museum and the award-winning brewery. We look forward to continuing to discover the delights of all this town has to offer.
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Montgomery
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The Welsh town of Montgomery is one of our family favourites. It is seated on the English Welsh border and is home to Montgomery Castle (a magnificent ruin dating back to Norman times), the internationally famous "Robbers Grave" in St Nicholas Church and Bunners, the traditional ironmongers which is rightly regarded as "an Aladdin's cave". The town is enchanting and an utter delight to wander around. We love spotting the exhibit plaques on many of the houses and walls which provide such a fascinating insight into its history. There is still so much that we haven't seen, including the Cloverland museum and the award-winning brewery. We look forward to continuing to discover the delights of all this town has to offer.

Historic building

We couldn't create a guidebook without mentioning the church as it is surrounded by our paddocks. In fact the stones of the original abbey can still be seen poking out of the grass. Visitors to the church often remark on the peace and serenity within the building and outside. The churchyard featured on Countryfile in 2020 as it is a God's Green Acre site, boasting more than 100 different wild flowers. It is beautifully maintained inside and out and is a haven for wildlife, including hedgehogs and weasels. Mown paths carefully wend their way between the wildflowers until August when the whole graveyard is scythed to produce green hay for distributing locally to spread the wildflower seeds. Do look out for the memorial to the last sin eater in England, which is conveniently located on the edge of the tarmac path.
St Margaret's Church
We couldn't create a guidebook without mentioning the church as it is surrounded by our paddocks. In fact the stones of the original abbey can still be seen poking out of the grass. Visitors to the church often remark on the peace and serenity within the building and outside. The churchyard featured on Countryfile in 2020 as it is a God's Green Acre site, boasting more than 100 different wild flowers. It is beautifully maintained inside and out and is a haven for wildlife, including hedgehogs and weasels. Mown paths carefully wend their way between the wildflowers until August when the whole graveyard is scythed to produce green hay for distributing locally to spread the wildflower seeds. Do look out for the memorial to the last sin eater in England, which is conveniently located on the edge of the tarmac path.
Taken direct from the Shropshire Guide... "The Bog Visitor Centre, in the shadow of the Stiperstones in Shropshire, is a gas-lit Victorian former school which is one of the few remaining buildings of a lost lead and barytes-mining village. The Bog mine once had 300 buildings and featured an amazing aerial ropeway. It is set in a legendary geological landscape and noted in folklore for the exploits of Wild Edric. The centre is staffed by local volunteers who are always happy to share their knowledge of the area. With ample car parking it is the ideal starting point for many walks around the Stiperstones National Nature Reserve, and is noted for its warm welcome and local home baked refreshments." It is only a short hop over the hill from the Stiperstones and if you are interested in the history of mining or perhaps you are making your way towards the Stiperstones village it is well worth a visit. Opening times are seasonal so do check the website and/or the Google listing for the latest times.
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The Bog Visitor Centre
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Taken direct from the Shropshire Guide... "The Bog Visitor Centre, in the shadow of the Stiperstones in Shropshire, is a gas-lit Victorian former school which is one of the few remaining buildings of a lost lead and barytes-mining village. The Bog mine once had 300 buildings and featured an amazing aerial ropeway. It is set in a legendary geological landscape and noted in folklore for the exploits of Wild Edric. The centre is staffed by local volunteers who are always happy to share their knowledge of the area. With ample car parking it is the ideal starting point for many walks around the Stiperstones National Nature Reserve, and is noted for its warm welcome and local home baked refreshments." It is only a short hop over the hill from the Stiperstones and if you are interested in the history of mining or perhaps you are making your way towards the Stiperstones village it is well worth a visit. Opening times are seasonal so do check the website and/or the Google listing for the latest times.
This is our favourite local picnic spot as very few people seems to have discovered it. There is an informal car park beneath the trees with a small gate leading to the dark woodland beyond. You then emerge into the sunlight and the beauty of the red sandstone takes your breath away. We have spent many happy hours sitting with our backs to the cornfield on its boundary, just gazing at this wonderful building. There is an information board near the surrounding trees which provide the perfect shade if you don't like sitting in the glare of the sun. It is well worth the 30 minute drive from the lodge.
Acton Burnell Castle
This is our favourite local picnic spot as very few people seems to have discovered it. There is an informal car park beneath the trees with a small gate leading to the dark woodland beyond. You then emerge into the sunlight and the beauty of the red sandstone takes your breath away. We have spent many happy hours sitting with our backs to the cornfield on its boundary, just gazing at this wonderful building. There is an information board near the surrounding trees which provide the perfect shade if you don't like sitting in the glare of the sun. It is well worth the 30 minute drive from the lodge.
This is by far our favourite National Trust property near us and is about 40 minutes away, depending on which route you choose. The castle itself is so full of history that we still haven't scratched the surface after many visits. The volunteers are so knowledgeable and enthusiastic with a captive audience and it's easy to lose track of time. The gardens are just stunning. It is a multi-faceted garden, taking advantage of everything the different seasons have to offer. The café serves delicious teas and if you sit outside you may be joined by the peacocks, which strut around the castle grounds, often popping out of the shrubbery unexpectedly.
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National Trust - Powis Castle and Garden
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This is by far our favourite National Trust property near us and is about 40 minutes away, depending on which route you choose. The castle itself is so full of history that we still haven't scratched the surface after many visits. The volunteers are so knowledgeable and enthusiastic with a captive audience and it's easy to lose track of time. The gardens are just stunning. It is a multi-faceted garden, taking advantage of everything the different seasons have to offer. The café serves delicious teas and if you sit outside you may be joined by the peacocks, which strut around the castle grounds, often popping out of the shrubbery unexpectedly.
Blists Hill forms part of the Ironbridge Gorge Museums which are a World Heritage Site and is about 50 minutes away. This destination is without doubt the most popular of all our visits made with our house visitors over the years. It appeals to adults and children alike and is a great place to visit, whatever the weather. We highly recommend the Annual Passport ticket as it is such good value for money, particularly as it is valid for a year and covers many different attractions.
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Blists Hill Victorian Town
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Blists Hill forms part of the Ironbridge Gorge Museums which are a World Heritage Site and is about 50 minutes away. This destination is without doubt the most popular of all our visits made with our house visitors over the years. It appeals to adults and children alike and is a great place to visit, whatever the weather. We highly recommend the Annual Passport ticket as it is such good value for money, particularly as it is valid for a year and covers many different attractions.
This is "one of the finest surviving fortified manor houses in England" and is 30 minutes from us on the A49 just before Stokesay Court. It is an English Heritage site so don't forget your membership card if you have one.
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Stokesay Castle
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This is "one of the finest surviving fortified manor houses in England" and is 30 minutes from us on the A49 just before Stokesay Court. It is an English Heritage site so don't forget your membership card if you have one.
This beautiful country house and garden is between 30 and 45 minutes' drive from us depending on whether you like taking the scenic route. The walled garden with its spectacular display of annuals was featured on Gardeners World in September 2021 and it is also a favourite location for filming. It has restricted opening times due to its commitments so it is worth checking out their website and pre-booking your visit.
Stokesay Court
This beautiful country house and garden is between 30 and 45 minutes' drive from us depending on whether you like taking the scenic route. The walled garden with its spectacular display of annuals was featured on Gardeners World in September 2021 and it is also a favourite location for filming. It has restricted opening times due to its commitments so it is worth checking out their website and pre-booking your visit.
This is a favourite with our house visitors and it is well worth walking around its perimeter too.
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Ludlow Castle
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This is a favourite with our house visitors and it is well worth walking around its perimeter too.
This is described as an 18th-century estate for all seasons with 200 acres of parkland and Regency Mansion. We have been quite a few times as it's lovely to see in different seasons.
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National Trust's Attingham Park
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This is described as an 18th-century estate for all seasons with 200 acres of parkland and Regency Mansion. We have been quite a few times as it's lovely to see in different seasons.
This is an 18th Century prison very close to Shrewsbury Castle. You can either walk round on your own or attend one of the recommended tunnel or ghost tours which we often advertise on our social media page.
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Shrewsbury Prison
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This is an 18th Century prison very close to Shrewsbury Castle. You can either walk round on your own or attend one of the recommended tunnel or ghost tours which we often advertise on our social media page.
The 11th Century Shrewsbury Castle lies just above Shrewsbury's train station and is part of the "Shropshire Museums" group. You will need to check the opening times as it doesn't open every day.
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Shrewsbury Castle
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The 11th Century Shrewsbury Castle lies just above Shrewsbury's train station and is part of the "Shropshire Museums" group. You will need to check the opening times as it doesn't open every day.

Eating Out

We are so lucky to have this pub just 10 minutes' walk along our footpath whilst following the brook downstream. HOWEVER, it is very hit and miss at the moment (June 2022) so it isn't somewhere we would recommend for food. Some of our guests have tried it with a degree of success and others (and us) without. Booking would be essential if you want to risk it as they are not open every day and food is not always served. We hope the new owners will find their feet and it returns to its glorious past as it is a much loved part of the community. Always check the opening times or ring to book a table as our local pubs sometimes close on a Monday and this pub in particular only serves evening meals on Fridays and Saturdays.
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The Bridges
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We are so lucky to have this pub just 10 minutes' walk along our footpath whilst following the brook downstream. HOWEVER, it is very hit and miss at the moment (June 2022) so it isn't somewhere we would recommend for food. Some of our guests have tried it with a degree of success and others (and us) without. Booking would be essential if you want to risk it as they are not open every day and food is not always served. We hope the new owners will find their feet and it returns to its glorious past as it is a much loved part of the community. Always check the opening times or ring to book a table as our local pubs sometimes close on a Monday and this pub in particular only serves evening meals on Fridays and Saturdays.
This is our favourite pub and is about 10 minutes drive away in the village of Wentnor. It is such a family favourite that it's the only one we regularly visit. Adrian the landlord is so friendly and always does his best to fit you in, even if it's at the last minute. The portions are great and it's very good value for money. The Sunday Carvery is extremely popular for a good reason and it is highly recommended that you book as it is such a favourite with the locals.
The Inn On The Green
This is our favourite pub and is about 10 minutes drive away in the village of Wentnor. It is such a family favourite that it's the only one we regularly visit. Adrian the landlord is so friendly and always does his best to fit you in, even if it's at the last minute. The portions are great and it's very good value for money. The Sunday Carvery is extremely popular for a good reason and it is highly recommended that you book as it is such a favourite with the locals.
This is definitely a locals pub and can be found about 10 minutes down the road in Wentnor. We have had a few hit and miss meals here but our guests have had good experiences. It's worth a try if you are out walking this way although personally we would drop down the hill and go to The Inn On The Green. Always check the opening times or ring to book a table as our local pubs sometimes close on a Monday.
The Crown Inn
This is definitely a locals pub and can be found about 10 minutes down the road in Wentnor. We have had a few hit and miss meals here but our guests have had good experiences. It's worth a try if you are out walking this way although personally we would drop down the hill and go to The Inn On The Green. Always check the opening times or ring to book a table as our local pubs sometimes close on a Monday.
The Stiperstones Inn is one of those rare treats where you get a pub and a shop together. It's a fabulous destination for walkers as you can drop down from the top of the Stiperstones and nip back up after refreshments. Equally, the little shop adjoining the pub building is truly an Aladdin's cave with unexpected surprises. It is well stocked with a very wide variety of foodstuffs plus an extraordinary range of emergency items from engine oil to socks. Always check the opening times or ring to book a table as our local pubs sometimes close on a Monday.
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The Stiperstones Inn
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The Stiperstones Inn is one of those rare treats where you get a pub and a shop together. It's a fabulous destination for walkers as you can drop down from the top of the Stiperstones and nip back up after refreshments. Equally, the little shop adjoining the pub building is truly an Aladdin's cave with unexpected surprises. It is well stocked with a very wide variety of foodstuffs plus an extraordinary range of emergency items from engine oil to socks. Always check the opening times or ring to book a table as our local pubs sometimes close on a Monday.
Having taken the advice of a local, we discovered this little gem in Minsterley. It is well worth a visit if you are exploring in the area and we definitely prefer it to the fish and chips in Church Stretton.
Little Efes
Having taken the advice of a local, we discovered this little gem in Minsterley. It is well worth a visit if you are exploring in the area and we definitely prefer it to the fish and chips in Church Stretton.
This pub is in Pontesbury which is about a 25 minute drive from us with more than one scenic route to choose from. It is well worth the drive. It is beautifully clean, well laid out and you get a perfect view of the extremely impressive kitchen. The food is a tiny bit more expensive than standard pub grub but the quality, choice, presentation and overall experience was well worth it. We can't wait to go back.
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The Nags Head
2 Main Rd
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This pub is in Pontesbury which is about a 25 minute drive from us with more than one scenic route to choose from. It is well worth the drive. It is beautifully clean, well laid out and you get a perfect view of the extremely impressive kitchen. The food is a tiny bit more expensive than standard pub grub but the quality, choice, presentation and overall experience was well worth it. We can't wait to go back.
Located in Bishop's Castle about 25 minutes away, this is a must if you are looking for something a bit special. We tried it for lunch and were lucky enough to pick a sunny day so dined in the glorious garden with its spectacular view. This is very definitely restaurant food but the prices are reasonable. The food is beautifully cooked and presented and the waiting staff are extremely attentive without being pushy. We only went inside briefly but it looked well laid out and very clean, as you would expect from an hotel. It is definitely on our list of places to go for special occasions, including well-earned breaks!
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Castle Hotel
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Located in Bishop's Castle about 25 minutes away, this is a must if you are looking for something a bit special. We tried it for lunch and were lucky enough to pick a sunny day so dined in the glorious garden with its spectacular view. This is very definitely restaurant food but the prices are reasonable. The food is beautifully cooked and presented and the waiting staff are extremely attentive without being pushy. We only went inside briefly but it looked well laid out and very clean, as you would expect from an hotel. It is definitely on our list of places to go for special occasions, including well-earned breaks!
This is a lovely place to eat. It's light and airy and it's perfect if you like meat as it has its own butcher. You can select your cut and quantity of meat or alternatively pick from the menu. It's always best to talk to them about what is on offer on the day before you book. We haven't eaten there since lockdown but they did a fantastic steak night on a Friday and their Sunday lunch was definitely a favourite with our boys.
The Station Inn
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This is a lovely place to eat. It's light and airy and it's perfect if you like meat as it has its own butcher. You can select your cut and quantity of meat or alternatively pick from the menu. It's always best to talk to them about what is on offer on the day before you book. We haven't eaten there since lockdown but they did a fantastic steak night on a Friday and their Sunday lunch was definitely a favourite with our boys.
This pub is just a short hop over the Mynd in Church Stretton. You are greeted and served by friendly staff in a beautiful old building with lots of nooks and crannies. There is a pretty beer garden too and the whole place is spick and span. The food is good, honest pub grub at reasonable prices and there's a fantastic selection of craft beers. Booking is essential for evening meals. Always check the opening times or ring to book a table as our local pubs sometimes close on a Monday. One of the pictures that appear in our Guidebook (automatically) is somewhat misleading as it is definitely not next to water but the photo of the entrance to the pub is accurate.
The Kings Arms
53 High St
This pub is just a short hop over the Mynd in Church Stretton. You are greeted and served by friendly staff in a beautiful old building with lots of nooks and crannies. There is a pretty beer garden too and the whole place is spick and span. The food is good, honest pub grub at reasonable prices and there's a fantastic selection of craft beers. Booking is essential for evening meals. Always check the opening times or ring to book a table as our local pubs sometimes close on a Monday. One of the pictures that appear in our Guidebook (automatically) is somewhat misleading as it is definitely not next to water but the photo of the entrance to the pub is accurate.
This is one of two pubs in Little Stretton which have been recommended to us by locals and our guests. They have the advantage of being located near the end of the walk off the Long Mynd leading out of Ashes Hollow. Some of our guests enjoy walking from the lodge over to one of the pubs and back. Others prefer to drive to the Shooting Box car park just above us and walk from there. Always check the opening times or ring to book a table as our local pubs sometimes close on a Monday.
The Green Dragon
This is one of two pubs in Little Stretton which have been recommended to us by locals and our guests. They have the advantage of being located near the end of the walk off the Long Mynd leading out of Ashes Hollow. Some of our guests enjoy walking from the lodge over to one of the pubs and back. Others prefer to drive to the Shooting Box car park just above us and walk from there. Always check the opening times or ring to book a table as our local pubs sometimes close on a Monday.
This is one of two pubs in Little Stretton which have been recommended to us by locals and our guests. As with all our local pubs, you definitely need to book if you would like to take advantage of the Sunday lunch. Always check the opening times or ring to book a table as our local pubs sometimes close on a Monday.
The Ragleth Inn
This is one of two pubs in Little Stretton which have been recommended to us by locals and our guests. As with all our local pubs, you definitely need to book if you would like to take advantage of the Sunday lunch. Always check the opening times or ring to book a table as our local pubs sometimes close on a Monday.
We love this tappas bar near the Welsh Bridge in Shrewsbury. We have always sat outside and the walled garden has the most lovely atmosphere. We have only tried it at lunchtimes and it is certainly very popular.
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The Olive Tree
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We love this tappas bar near the Welsh Bridge in Shrewsbury. We have always sat outside and the walled garden has the most lovely atmosphere. We have only tried it at lunchtimes and it is certainly very popular.
This pizzeria in Shrewsbury is highly recommended by our son as there is a good selection of freshly made pizzas.
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Dough & Oil
18 Castle St
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This pizzeria in Shrewsbury is highly recommended by our son as there is a good selection of freshly made pizzas.

Outdoor activity

This is our home and is the reason we moved here. It's 8000 acres of absolute bliss whether you like to walk, cycle or ride a horse. It's rarely muddy but be warned as it's usually 3 degrees cooler than in the valleys below and it often serves up a "breeze". You feel so connected to nature up here with the sounds of the wild ponies, sheep and birds and it literally feels like being on top of world when you stop at the Trig Point near Pole Bank as it offers a spectacular panoramic view.
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Long Mynd
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This is our home and is the reason we moved here. It's 8000 acres of absolute bliss whether you like to walk, cycle or ride a horse. It's rarely muddy but be warned as it's usually 3 degrees cooler than in the valleys below and it often serves up a "breeze". You feel so connected to nature up here with the sounds of the wild ponies, sheep and birds and it literally feels like being on top of world when you stop at the Trig Point near Pole Bank as it offers a spectacular panoramic view.
This" dark skies" car park has a wonderful grassy knoll where you can lie back and watch the skies above. It also provides great parking from which you can venture out onto the level walks which cross the top of the Long Mynd. It is actually situated on the Jack Mytton Way.
Shooting Box
This" dark skies" car park has a wonderful grassy knoll where you can lie back and watch the skies above. It also provides great parking from which you can venture out onto the level walks which cross the top of the Long Mynd. It is actually situated on the Jack Mytton Way.
We love this place as the view is spectacular and the photograph on the cover is taken from this point. It's a nice uphill walk from the Shooting Box car park or alternatively, drive to the T junction on the top of the Mynd and turn towards the Midland Glider Club. There are various car parks or demarcated verges in which you can park.
Pole Bank
We love this place as the view is spectacular and the photograph on the cover is taken from this point. It's a nice uphill walk from the Shooting Box car park or alternatively, drive to the T junction on the top of the Mynd and turn towards the Midland Glider Club. There are various car parks or demarcated verges in which you can park.
This is our favourite local walk as it has something for everyone. You can park on the flat (free if you are a National Trust member) and there are a variety of short and long walking options. The reservoir is a quick 10 minutes from the car, past the Hill Fort view point. You can then choose to continue uphill onto the Burway which is the road crossing the Long Mynd. Alternatively, take the longer route to the waterfall which is about 20 minutes from the top car park. Those who can climb the rocky path to the side of the waterfall can make their way upwards towards the Jack Mytton Way. From there you can choose a proper hike or perhaps make your way back off the JMW down the other path into/out of Cardingmill Valley. Another route onto the Burway is at the entrance to the car park on your left as you enter and this often forms part of a circular route for walkers. Our absolute favourite is the very steep path up towards the Iron Age fort (and the Golf Club). There are so many options and these walks are as long or as short as you want which makes it ideal for different likes and abilities. When you finish you can either relax in the NT café or bring your own refreshments and paddle in the shallow brook as it makes its way down towards the town. ------------------------------- WILDWATER SWIMMING ------------------------------- If this is your thing then you have come to the right place. If you drive back over the Long Mynd towards Church Stretton, you can either park above the reservoir or drive down into the town and into the National Trust car park and walk from there. The reservoir has a shallow shelf in which to wade into the depths and allows a perfect place to see the sunrise. In fact the sun can get so bright that it's quite blinding if you are swimming towards it so tinted goggles are recommended.
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Carding Mill Valley and the Long Mynd
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This is our favourite local walk as it has something for everyone. You can park on the flat (free if you are a National Trust member) and there are a variety of short and long walking options. The reservoir is a quick 10 minutes from the car, past the Hill Fort view point. You can then choose to continue uphill onto the Burway which is the road crossing the Long Mynd. Alternatively, take the longer route to the waterfall which is about 20 minutes from the top car park. Those who can climb the rocky path to the side of the waterfall can make their way upwards towards the Jack Mytton Way. From there you can choose a proper hike or perhaps make your way back off the JMW down the other path into/out of Cardingmill Valley. Another route onto the Burway is at the entrance to the car park on your left as you enter and this often forms part of a circular route for walkers. Our absolute favourite is the very steep path up towards the Iron Age fort (and the Golf Club). There are so many options and these walks are as long or as short as you want which makes it ideal for different likes and abilities. When you finish you can either relax in the NT café or bring your own refreshments and paddle in the shallow brook as it makes its way down towards the town. ------------------------------- WILDWATER SWIMMING ------------------------------- If this is your thing then you have come to the right place. If you drive back over the Long Mynd towards Church Stretton, you can either park above the reservoir or drive down into the town and into the National Trust car park and walk from there. The reservoir has a shallow shelf in which to wade into the depths and allows a perfect place to see the sunrise. In fact the sun can get so bright that it's quite blinding if you are swimming towards it so tinted goggles are recommended.
If you fancy a round of golf, why not pop along to the golf club, which is just on the edge of the town. It boasts spectacular panoramic views and is a must for the keen golfer.
Church Stretton Golf Club
If you fancy a round of golf, why not pop along to the golf club, which is just on the edge of the town. It boasts spectacular panoramic views and is a must for the keen golfer.
This is a lovely walk from the centre of Church Stretton. It's as long or as short as you want to make it as it links to all sorts of other paths.
Rectory Wood
43 Church Street
This is a lovely walk from the centre of Church Stretton. It's as long or as short as you want to make it as it links to all sorts of other paths.
Nick and I have not walked this but our son did a lot of walking during lockdown and this is one of his favourites. It's not for the faint-hearted but there are breathtaking views of Shropshire as it's one of the highest points in the county. There are several paths of ascent and keep your eyes peeled for the cave cunningly concealed in one of the outcrops. Apparently the sheep track leading to its entrance will be its only giveaway.
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Caer Caradoc
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Nick and I have not walked this but our son did a lot of walking during lockdown and this is one of his favourites. It's not for the faint-hearted but there are breathtaking views of Shropshire as it's one of the highest points in the county. There are several paths of ascent and keep your eyes peeled for the cave cunningly concealed in one of the outcrops. Apparently the sheep track leading to its entrance will be its only giveaway.
Another must for avid walkers. According to some of our guests, it's the gift that keeps on giving as every time you think you have reached the top there is another rise ahead of you. The views are well worth it though.
The Lawley
Another must for avid walkers. According to some of our guests, it's the gift that keeps on giving as every time you think you have reached the top there is another rise ahead of you. The views are well worth it though.
Another beautiful walk just a short hop from the centre of Church Stretton. The best things about these walks is that there is great pub grub to be had at the end of all that effort just a stone's throw away. Some of our guests have even managed a combination of a couple of these hills in the same day sandwiched between two pub meals at different locations in the village below!
Ragleth Hill
Another beautiful walk just a short hop from the centre of Church Stretton. The best things about these walks is that there is great pub grub to be had at the end of all that effort just a stone's throw away. Some of our guests have even managed a combination of a couple of these hills in the same day sandwiched between two pub meals at different locations in the village below!
This is a fantastic circular walk just above Church Stretton with the added attraction of the Gaer Stone. There is a shortcut back down the steep hill to the car park at the side of the road by the farm buildings but this is VERY slippery in all seasons so take care if you choose this route. If you aren't in any hurry, follow the footpath on the ridge of the hill instead.
Hope Bowdler
This is a fantastic circular walk just above Church Stretton with the added attraction of the Gaer Stone. There is a shortcut back down the steep hill to the car park at the side of the road by the farm buildings but this is VERY slippery in all seasons so take care if you choose this route. If you aren't in any hurry, follow the footpath on the ridge of the hill instead.
The Stiperstones is an absolute must if you enjoy walking. For keen amblers it is within walking distance from the lodge or alternatively drive up the hill and park in its dedicated car park. There are hilly and flat walking options and it is well worth clambering to the top to visit the Devil's Chair and Shepherd's Rock. Beware of walking up there if you can't see the Devil's Chair. Legend has it that the Devil will be sitting on it. However, in all seriousness, you could become dangerously lost. One of our favourite things to do is to take off our shoes and socks and walk over the path rocks in bare feet as it is amazingly invigorating.
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Stiperstones
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The Stiperstones is an absolute must if you enjoy walking. For keen amblers it is within walking distance from the lodge or alternatively drive up the hill and park in its dedicated car park. There are hilly and flat walking options and it is well worth clambering to the top to visit the Devil's Chair and Shepherd's Rock. Beware of walking up there if you can't see the Devil's Chair. Legend has it that the Devil will be sitting on it. However, in all seriousness, you could become dangerously lost. One of our favourite things to do is to take off our shoes and socks and walk over the path rocks in bare feet as it is amazingly invigorating.
Another gem discovered by our son recently. It has fabulous trails which are great for walkers and cyclists alike. It has a café but he did say that it was expensive so it might be an idea to take your own refreshments.
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Haughmond Hill
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Another gem discovered by our son recently. It has fabulous trails which are great for walkers and cyclists alike. It has a café but he did say that it was expensive so it might be an idea to take your own refreshments.
This is a wonderfully peaceful place to stop on the way back from Shrewsbury. The car park is found on the road with the White Horse at Pulverbatch on your right. Climbing to the top of the mounds (there are paths) you will find a bench on which to rest and enjoy the wonderful view. There is a very informative noticeboard in the car park and you certainly feel a sense of history. It's one of our places to stop and sit with a flask and a biscuit or two, whatever the season.
Castle Pulverbatch
This is a wonderfully peaceful place to stop on the way back from Shrewsbury. The car park is found on the road with the White Horse at Pulverbatch on your right. Climbing to the top of the mounds (there are paths) you will find a bench on which to rest and enjoy the wonderful view. There is a very informative noticeboard in the car park and you certainly feel a sense of history. It's one of our places to stop and sit with a flask and a biscuit or two, whatever the season.
Our family love all things train related so this is definitely on our "To Do List" with our visitors. Head for the town of Bridgenorth (about 50 minutes away) to start your journey.
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Severn Valley Railway
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Our family love all things train related so this is definitely on our "To Do List" with our visitors. Head for the town of Bridgenorth (about 50 minutes away) to start your journey.
If you take a look at our social media (FB) page (Darnford Lodge at Yew Tree Cottage), you will see why a walk along the river as it meanders through Shrewsbury is well worth it. There are many sightings of kingfishers and otters and we often share photos from other people's pages.
River Severn Shrewsbury
If you take a look at our social media (FB) page (Darnford Lodge at Yew Tree Cottage), you will see why a walk along the river as it meanders through Shrewsbury is well worth it. There are many sightings of kingfishers and otters and we often share photos from other people's pages.
We see and share many posts of photos taken by walkers and this is definitely one for us to go and explore in the near future.
Brown Clee Hill
We see and share many posts of photos taken by walkers and this is definitely one for us to go and explore in the near future.
We saw a post about Badger Dingle on FB (which we shared to our page) and thought this looked like a fabulous place. The little village of Badger lies just outside Bridgnorth and is described as a "hidden gem" as it boasts walks, cycle rides and a waterfall. It is perfect if you want to team it up with a visit to the town of Bridgnorth or the Severn Valley Railway.
Badger
We saw a post about Badger Dingle on FB (which we shared to our page) and thought this looked like a fabulous place. The little village of Badger lies just outside Bridgnorth and is described as a "hidden gem" as it boasts walks, cycle rides and a waterfall. It is perfect if you want to team it up with a visit to the town of Bridgnorth or the Severn Valley Railway.

Indoor activity

The SnowDome in Tamworth is is not an obvious choice when you think of a holiday in Shropshire but it might present an opportunity that you won't find at home. You could challenge yourself to try something new with a "learn to ski" day or hone your skills for an upcoming holiday. It's just over an hour away and well worth a visit as it's open all year round.
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SnowDome
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The SnowDome in Tamworth is is not an obvious choice when you think of a holiday in Shropshire but it might present an opportunity that you won't find at home. You could challenge yourself to try something new with a "learn to ski" day or hone your skills for an upcoming holiday. It's just over an hour away and well worth a visit as it's open all year round.
This is one of our family favourites for all ages. It's warm and clean and there are 20 lanes, so plenty of room for all. Food and drink is available too and the staff are very friendly.
AMF Bowling Shrewsbury
This is one of our family favourites for all ages. It's warm and clean and there are 20 lanes, so plenty of room for all. Food and drink is available too and the staff are very friendly.
This is a "state of the art climbing centre" in Shrewsbury with challenges for all ages and abilities. Our visitors have loved going there.
Climbing the Walls
This is a "state of the art climbing centre" in Shrewsbury with challenges for all ages and abilities. Our visitors have loved going there.
Try something new or practise your skills. You may even catch a glimpse of the Telford Tigers.
Telford Ice Rink
Try something new or practise your skills. You may even catch a glimpse of the Telford Tigers.
If you are interested in craft beers and are intending to visit Ludlow, why not book a brewery tour to discover the award-winning craft beers at Ludlow Brewery. They also host live music and events.
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Ludlow Brewing Co
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If you are interested in craft beers and are intending to visit Ludlow, why not book a brewery tour to discover the award-winning craft beers at Ludlow Brewery. They also host live music and events.