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Shropshire Hills and Ironbridge Gorge

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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.

Our unique speciality is guided walking experiences for solos and singles in magnificent locations across the UK and Europe so why not join us on one of our holidays? We also design bespoke holidays for special groups.

  • Two and a half days
  • Refund guarantee
  • Expert Tour Guides
  • Two Nights
  • Location: Shropshire Hills and Ironbridge Gorge
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 on Friday
  • 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
We meet as strangers and depart as friends

Hotel and Meals

A real secret – the lovely Shropshire Hills stretch for 40 miles from Ironbridge to the Clun Forest and to the Welsh borderlands and they never fail to impress. This holiday is based close to the Wrekin hill, standing proud, close by to the River Severn on the Shropshire Hills eastern flanks. We cover the Ironbridge Gorge area and also the Shropshire Hills around Church Stretton.


Guided walking in Shropshire Hills and Ironbridge GorgeWe stay at the Buckatree Hall hotel – set in lovely surroundings near to the Iconic Wrekin Hill. All rooms are very comfortable and there is a lovely relaxing public bar area.

We eat in the hotels dining room each evening – a three course meal of the highest standard.

Lunch is taken at one of Shropshire’s lovely country pubs.

We offer you the opportunity to stay additional nights, and many people extend their weekend as they wish. Just reserve what nights you need.


Great reasons to join us

There are other walking holiday companies that cover the Shropshire 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. Our hotel in Halifax is set in lovely surroundings  and the standard is really good.
  • 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.


Getting to our destination

By train – Wellington Shropshire is the nearest station, some  three miles from the hotel.  Contact us for a possible transfer to hotel from the station – if we are able to, we will collect you, otherwise there are taxis available (two miles).

See National Rail for train time details 

By car –  the post code for your Sat Nav is TF6 5AL . The hotel is two miles from the M54 motorway. .A good way of checking a route is using the AA route finder. 

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



Solos and Singles Guided walking in ShropshireWe offer two and half days walking. 

We start on Friday afternoon from the hotel reception at 2.30pm, for a two and half hour introductory walk in the surrounding countryside. If you can’t make the first afternoon walk, then you will get to meet everyone before dinner. 

We walk all day Saturday and all day Sunday finishing around 4.30pm on Sunday.

Grades and Difficulty

The paths in the Shropshire Hills and Ironbridge Gorge 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 Wrekin is a long steady climb with amazing views from the top which show a 360 degree vista of Shropshire and neighbouring counties. Then it’s all downhill to get to the world heritage site of Ironbridge Gorge. 

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!


Although our leaders are well trained and experienced in dealing with different capabilities of our walking clients, if they have any concerns about any clients ability or suitability to undertake safely any walking activity we plan or they feel that participation of an individual may affect the groups safety and cohesion, then they have full permission to exclude that client from an activity.

They will try at all times to provide an alternative suggested activity, though this may involve the client in additional local cost.

We rarely have to enforce this above recommendation, but it is a sensible and necessary protection for the individual client, the group and the leaders.

Sample Walks

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 – Into a magical revolution

From the hotel, we ascend the Wrekin hill, then descend into the Severn valley, passing open cast coal mines  that have been tastefully returned to nature. Into the Loamhole Dingle and to Coalbrookdale – the site of Abraham Darby’s first iron works that started the Industrial Revolution. On into the Severn Valley and finishing at the the iconic Ironbridge itself

 Walk Four – 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.

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 or discovering on Short Breaks for Single Travellers holidays. We don’t go in for disco’s, 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, 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.

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.


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.


A geological master piece – an area of Outstanding Natural beauty – an AONB- these hills are a walkers delight.

Guided walking in IronbridgeRolling hills, but some interestingly magical summits, and lovely stream valleys that delve deep into the hills to provide excellent walking for the discerning walker. You will be enchanted by the magic of the Longmynd, the majesty of the Stiperstones ridge and the volcanic Stretton Hills with Caer Caradoc the flagship hill.

Added to this – the Severn Valley gorge, and Ironbridge – a world heritage site with plenty of walking and historical reminders of bygone industrial might.



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Ros Williams

Solo Traveller

I Many thanks for a truly wonderful time. I found the Ironbridge & surrounding area walking really lovely. The guides (Ing and Darren) were wonderful. So helpful and informative. Really made the walks so much more interesting.

June 29, 2023

Elaine Evans

Solo Traveller

Guided walking – very much enjoyed. The variety of places visited made the weekend much more interesting. Organisation of holiday – excellent.
Very comfortable hotel and Staff were very helpful.
Thank you to everyone for a very enjoyable weekend. We were looked after by all the Guides and the lunches were very well-organised.

August 9, 2022

Jill Wilcox

Solo Traveller

Holiday organised brilliantly and the leaders adjusted well to the weather conditions!

October 15, 2021

Marion O'Brien

Solo Traveller

Alan (Secret Hills Walking owner and walk leader) lead on this weekend. Really enjoyed it, good contrast in the two days walking. The group were really lovely as well. Very much enjoyed guided walking. Organisation of holiday – excellent. Hotel was perfectly fine and food good. Really enjoyable weekend

July 22, 2021

Laura Bowyer

Solo Traveller

Very much enjoyed the guided walking. Friendly and knowledgeable leaders and lovely walks, particularly on the Sunday from Church Stretton. Ing(walk leader) was also good as we arrived at Ironbridge about 1.5 hours before the taxi was due so he asked if we would like an additional walk on the flat and we went to a fab little tea room in a nice courtyard with shops about a mile or so away (as Ironbridge was busy and noisy that day). I thoroughly enjoyed my break. It’s evident how hard you work Alan, and the staff that support you, and that you care about ensuring your customers have a great time. Like you say it’s not just a walk but a holiday. Great job. Really well organised both in terms of the things we see but also all that must go on behind the scenes in ensuring these weekends run smoothly.

July 22, 2021