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Shropshire Hills and Church Stretton -Five days holiday

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  • No single supplement (UK only)
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You matter to us & we promise to provide you with a superb walking & social holiday, tailored specifically to your needs. We provide walking holidays for walkers & as walkers ourselves, we appreciate & understand the requirements of a walking holiday.

One of Britain’s real secrets – the Shropshire Hills –  rolling hill country, with good walking paths and a real welcoming attitude. Our solos guided walking holidays are based in either Church Stretton or Ironbridge Gorge areas.   The whole Shropshire Hills area is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with Church Stretton at it’s heart.

Why not join us on one of our fabulous guided walking holidays? We uniquely specialise in solos and singles so you know you will be in like-minded company. We also offer bespoke guided walking holidays to specific groups.

  • Five Days
  • Refund guarantee
  • Expert Tour Guides
  • Four Nights
  • Location: Shropshire Hills
What you get on a Secret Hills Break
  • Hotel bed and breakfast– en suite two nights/ three nights if the holiday falls on a Bank Holiday – Spring Bank or August Bank Holiday
  • Dinner- three course.
  • Lunch- except first day
  • Sole Occupancy
  • Personal service
  • Expert guiding- friendly, local guides that know the area superbly well
  • Transport to walks start and finish as needed
  • Flexibility
  • No single supplement
  • A social, relaxed approach
  • Full joining details prior to your holiday
  • Our administration support from the point of booking to you joining the holiday

Hotel and Meals

Accommodation is single en suite rooms – no sharing. The hotel- The Longmynd House is part of the HF Holidays group of holiday hotels- – high on  a hill above the market town of Church Stretton.

Dinner

is three course plus coffee served at your table and breakfast is buffet style – both in the hotels main restaurant.  Walking starts at 9.30 am, and we generally finish for that welcome cuppa at 4.30 pm. This will give you plenty of time to get ready for dinner. Dress code is smart casual.

Lunch

We have lunch at one of Shropshire’s lovely country pubs.

Your walks leaders will make this holiday relaxing and the wonderful walking will stimulate your enthusiasm for the wide outdoors.

Flexibility

We offer you the opportunity  – note there is an opportunity to add the August Bank holiday weekend to your four night holiday making a seven night break.

Great reasons to join us

There are other walking holiday companies that cover the countryside but we believe we offer the best value for many reasons….

  • We specialise in organising guided walking holidays for single and solos travellers
  • We are a small friendly company
  • We have a loyal customer base who return again and again (so we must be doing something right) – read our testimonials page on the website
  • We offer a lot of flexibility – you can stay extra nights which we are happy to organise for you. We are also very flexible on the walks we provide, adapting to suit walkers and weather conditions
  • Our walk leading is second to none. Unlike some other large Walking Companies, we use LOCAL leaders who live in the area and who love their surroundings. They have expert knowledge of everything you need to know to make an area come alive.
  • You are safe in our hands – our guides are experts, fully qualified in first aid. Also, because of their local knowledge of the hills, they can respond to any situation that might for example demand cutting short a route. They don’t need to consult maps – they know the hills intimately.
  • Our leaders are all easy-going, genuinely sociable people who want to ensure that you have the best time you can with the rest of the group. They make the weekend fun by engaging with all members of a group, and ensuring that everyone feels part of the group experience.
  • We give great value for money. Because we recognise that lots of walkers holiday on their own, we have negotiated no single supplement deals with all our hotels to ensure the best possible deal.
  • We always use good hotels. 
  • We have smaller groups than some of the larger walking companies, because we believe the social experience is much better in a smaller group. People can talk to everyone, especially at dinner where you can all sit on one table in a small group. Our numbers vary from holiday to holiday but an average group size would be 8-12.

Directions

Getting to Church Stretton

By train – Church Stretton is the nearest station, some  half a mile from the hotel..  Contact us for a transfer to hotel from the station – it is uphill. See http://www.nationalrial.co.uk

By car –  the post code for your Sat Nav is SY66AG .

Full detailed journey instruction will be sent with your Joining Details prior to the holiday

Itinerary

Your holiday programme

Join us for four days of  superb walking in Shropshire –  a land of surprising contrasts – from the gently rolling plains in the north to the unexpectedly stunning hills in the south – there’s something for everyone. Our holiday base is Church Stretton, right in the centre of Shropshire’s most beautiful upland scenery. A town set in the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

 These hills are a genuine secret – unbelievably quiet and still relatively undiscovered compared to other popular walking areas. There are places here where you can completely get away from civilisation which really makes for a genuine relaxing experience. From the top of the Long Mynd, you can see right to the Welsh coast, far out over the Cheshire plains, the Peak District, the Malvern Hills and the Black Mountains – a true 360 degree experience.

You’ll see plenty of sheep quietly grazing the hills and even our own herd of wild ponies and their cute foals. Depending on the time of year, you will see glorious swathes of deep purple heather on the upland moors or the amazing golden shades of autumnal bracken on the hillsides but what you won’t see are hordes of people… this is a quiet land.

So why not come and experience a true land “that time forgot”.

Your holiday is four and a days of superb walking –  Monday to Friday- inclusive. We will finish walking at 3.30pm on the last day – Friday.

On Monday afternoon, we offer a half day walk – starting at 2.30pm, to meet other guests, meet our leaders and stretch your legs after your journey. The walk will be 2.5 hours duration.

Grade and Difficulty

The paths in the Shropshire Hills are exceptionally good underfoot. There is an active Footpaths Group which regularly surveys paths and reports problems. This keeps the standard extremely high which makes walking in this area a real delight. You don’t have to worry about wading through waist high crops or stumbling over worn out stiles, you can simply relax and enjoy the views.

Our walks are usually between 8-11 miles. We don’t rush because we want you to have time to enjoy the amazing views and take those photos as mementos. Yes, you will be going up hills – the Long Mynd is 517 metres above sea level, but Church Stretton is already 200 metres high so the ascents are not great and are very gradual – we always take our time. Nor are there precarious descents , in fact the whole area is pretty safe so if you are an inexperienced walker, these are ideal hills to start on!

We love our hills – we’d like you to love them too. Church Stretton is full of people who fell in love with the hills on holiday and decided to retire here years later – that might even be you one day!
We regard the walking in the Shropshire Hills is moderate – some ascents and descents but not severe and with a good level of walking fitness most people will cope.

Sample Walks

Some of the walks we will choose from …

Walk One – The Long Mynd

A superb walk through Carding Mill Valley,  ascending to the top of the Long Mynd at Pole Bank. Walking along the heather-clad ridge before descending down one of the many delightful valleys for our lunch stop at a local hostelry. In the afternoon, we ascend Ragleth Hill and walk along it’s ridgeline with superb views in all directions. We finally return to Church Stretton in time for a cuppa.

 Walk Two – The Stretton Hills

Our walk takes us to the ancient and picturesque village of Cardington, over the Stretton Hills in the morning, passing ancient rock formations, steeped in local legend. Lunch is at the magnificent Royal Oak – a 16th Century hostel, offering a great menu selection. We return to Church Stretton via the Wilderness and moody Caer Caradoc, site of an ancient hill fort.

 Walk Three – The Stiperstones Ridge

We travel out over the Long Mynd to reach the rocky tors of the Stiperstones ridge. This is a magnificent drive in Shropshire’s best hill country. Our walk takes us under the legendary Devil’s Chair before descending to the old lead mining village of Snailbeach. Lunch is at the quaint Stiperstones Inn.  In the afternoon, we pass several old lead mines as we view the Stiperstones Ridge from a distance ending up at The Bog Visitor Centre for a cuppa and cake. Transport back to Church Stretton.

Walk Four – The South End of the Long Mynd

Through Rectory Wood, and ascend Town brook valley to the top of the Longmynd, We the walk along it’s spine with magnificent views, and round the south end of the hill to Hamperley, before arriving at Little Stretton. After lunch, either pub or packed, we ascend Ragleth Hill, walk along it’s magical ridge line before descending into Church Stretton for tea.

Walk Five – Ashes  and  Batch Valleys

We walk up Ashes Valley to Pole bank and along the Longmynd spine to it’s north end. We descend down the Gallups and the Batch Valley into All Stretton for lunch. We wander out towards Caer Caradoc in the afternoon, take in wooded Helmeth Hill, and back into the town for tea.

Walk Six – The Blacksmith’s Walk and Long Mynd Heights

A pastoral walk, out to Acton Scott and Wenlock Edge, and around Ragleth Hill. We follow the route of Blacksmiths’ who looked after the heavy horses on the Acton estate, eventually reaching Little Stretton for lunch. We ascend Ashes Hollow and descend the Burway in an undulating afternoon walk.

Just arrive and enjoy.

Meet New Friends

Its all about meeting new friends. Each holiday is designed to be a friendly, relaxed and stress free occasion. Talking is as important as walking on Secrethills Walking Holidays. We don’t go in for discos, we may use an event that is taking place in the area we are in to boost the weekends activities – but its good, old fashioned chat that makes our short breaks successful.

“Make new friends that turn into old friends” – that’s our motto.

You might be surprised by what fun you’ll have with people who are older or younger than you during a holiday with us, and that’s exactly the sort of atmosphere we encourage; people find it very rewarding. It doesn’t matter what your reasons for traveling with us are, we’ve had people who are single, divorced or widowed, people who have partners that are unable to travel, and people who can’t holiday with their friends anymore as they’ve all got married themselves. There are people who want to make friends, see sights, and experience something completely new. Whatever your reason, we’ll welcome you with open arms and our friendly hosts will help you to get the most out of your holiday.

Don’t worry if this is the first time you have ventured to join a group holiday – its always a bit daunting – but we will look after you and ensure that you get used to being amongst friends again. Trust us to to get you back into the swing of things.

Oh – by the way – its not a dating agency – over the years we have had people meet and fall in love – but that’s just chance. Our aim is that you make like minded friends – just relax and enjoy.

Just arrive and enjoy.

How to Book

To reserve a place on any of our holidays, please follow these simple instructions.

Reserve online  – once you have chosen your holiday, click on Proceed Booking and complete the online form. If you have difficulty reserving online, please  contact us (tel: 01694 723600, email: info@secrethillswalking.co.uk) and we will assist you to complete your booking.

Payment

Please note we cannot take credit/debit card details over the phone. You may pay by the following methods when you book online…

  • Paypal – if you have a Paypal account, simply click on the link to the Paypal website.
  • Credit / Debit card – we use Paypal to host our credit/debit cards facility because it is a very secure system. So if you want to pay with a card, simply click on this option which will take you to our page on the PayPal website. Check in there as a “Guest” to enable your card payment. You do not need to have a Paypal account for this transaction.
  • We will also accept a Bank Transfer – you will find our account details on the booking form.
  • Finally, we will also accept a cheque payable to Secret Hills Walking Holidays and sent to: Secret Hills Walking Holidays, 35 Sandford Avenue, Church Stretton, Shropshire, SY6 6BH

Please note than an initial deposit is required with each booking regardless of which payment method you choose. Your booking will be accepted when your payment (deposit or full balance) is received. Note – if you are reserving a holiday within a month of the start date then the full amount is due immediately and no deposit should be paid.

It is important that you read the terms and conditions before you sign the booking form.

Note – if you are reserving a holiday within a month of the start date then the full amount is due immediately and no deposit should be paid.

Location

The Local area

Church Stretton is an historic Market Town situated in the heart of the South Shropshire hills on the English/Welsh border known as The Marches. It is the only town in the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

The area is renowned worldwide for its geology, with some of the oldest rock formations in existence.

Church Stretton and its picturesque surrounding villages forms an excellent base for the country lover and sportsman alike at all times of the year whether hikers, horse riders, mountain bikers, or naturalists . The Long Mynd rising above the west of the town is renowned for gliding, hang gliding and paragliding, and boasts the second highest golf course in England. The beautiful countryside, with its wild uplands and breathtaking views, features prominently in the books of Mary Webb, A E Housman, and Malcolm Saville.

Church Stretton is very well situated to act as a base for visits to many local attractions. At the heart of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, there are market towns & villages, castles, hill forts and much much more nearby.  Whether you walk, go by train, car or bus…with great scenery along the way.

It’s not just the stunning scenery that will captivate you, but the people and places, its history and heritage, the walking and wildlife, its food and festivals.  Combined they offer magical experiences. Such magic is best summed up by the Independent newspaper review in 2009 which claimed Church Stretton to be “England’s ultimate retreat”.

Near Church Stretton

Within a short car or train journey, you have Ironbridge Gorge/Shrewsbury – its castle, gardens and medieval centre/Ludlow and its foodie centres/ the Mid Wales coast line/Powys Castle/Historic Chester and the Dee Valley/the Severn Valley, its railway and Bridgnorth town.

 

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Reviews

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Giovanna Mills

Solo Traveller

Yet again Secret Hills have excelled themselves, providing the right mix of challenge and fun – with time for relaxation in between.  The guides were exceptional, providing good local knowledge and lots of useful information.  It is so good to go away and not have to worry about anything – apart from the journey home.  Just the right pace and the guides were patient and very supportive.

September 18, 2021

Margaret Warren

Solo Traveller

Pre-holiday information very detailed. Hotel Excellent. Very good facilities & food. Guided walking: Wonderful… friendly well-chosen guided walks in good company & knowledgeable leaders.

September 16, 2021

Jackie Szedzielorz

Solo Traveller

Hi Alan, Thank you again for a memorable 5 days walking holiday in Church Stretton. The walks were excellent as were all the leaders. The hotel was very pleasant and the staff worked very hard to counteract their staff shortages. The food was very good. Church Stretton is such a beautiful place that one cannot help but be entranced by it. Thank you again and see you soon Jacki

September 15, 2021

Linda Wall

Solo Traveller

All well organised, and the flexibility of the guides in taking our needs into account was greatly appreciated.

September 15, 2021

Lewis Thomas

Solo Traveller

  A first rate break Alan! Thanks so much. Hotel very good. Excellent food and good local beers. Guided walking was brilliant! All your guides and the walking routes were first rate. The Shropshire Hills is a great area.

August 12, 2021
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