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Shropshire Hills Unique Country Estate Experience

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  • Value for Money
  • Personal Service
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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.

This is a holiday with a unique difference which offers a lovely social feel, an idyllic, stunning country estate setting – all supported by our superb guided walking expertise. This is a getaway with a difference.

Our speciality is offering guided walking holidays for solos and singles in magnificent locations across the UK and Europe. Unlike many other walking companies which offer solos holidays as an extra, we are unique in that we only deal in solos guided walking.  We also design bespoke holidays for special groups.

  • Five Days
  • Refund guarantee
  • Expert Tour Guides
  • Four Nights
  • Max People : 20
  • Location: Shropshire

What you get on a Secret Hills Break

An exciting, guided walking holiday from a magnificent country estate setting.

A sole occupancy room in a six- or four-bedroomed house in a country manor house setting

Within each house

  • Own kitchen lounge and outdoor space shared with fellow walkers
  • Separate sole occupancy bedrooms
  • Separate dining areas
  • Use of extensive games room
  • Use of swimming pool
  • Use of extensive grounds

A Country House Experience- no impersonal hotels, real hospitality run by its owners in superb rural surroundings

  • 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. We use the superb country estate of Eaton Manor
Eaton Manor is situated four miles from Church Stretton. deep in the countryside underneath the iconic Wenlock Edge.

This is a holiday with a unique difference which offers a lovely social feel, an idyllic, stunning country estate setting – all supported by our superb guided walking expertise. This is a getaway with a difference.

The difference – it has many upgraded facilities that a hotel would not have – we have secured the self contained accommodation houses- containing six or more sole occupancy superbly appointed bedrooms but also containing a large kitchen with all facilities, a lovely lounge for relaxing, a dining area, and outside terraces for relaxing in the evening.

 There are three lodge facilities – Toad Hall, The Manor House , Curlew Cottage and several self contained cottages if we need extra space.

Guided Walking in the Shropshire Hills

Dinner and breakfast is taken together in your own private dining area, or in the larger dining facility if we are using more than one house facility on your holiday.

The grounds to Eaton Manor- extensive, secluded with stunning flower and herb planting are available to you. You can roam about the 500 acres of Shropshire countryside. You have use of both a swimming pool and a games room, and the estate has all the facilities for boot cleaning and drying your kit.

Superb wi-fi throughout means that although you are deep in our lovely countryside, you are still connected.

The estate is not licensed so it is a “bring your own” wine and beer holiday – so no paying expensive hotel bar prices.


is three course served at your table and breakfast is buffet style – you you’re your own dining facilities in each house.  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.


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.

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 solos and singles.
  • 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 at one table in a small group. Our numbers vary from holiday to holiday but an average group size would be 8-12.


Getting to Church Stretton and Eaton Manor

By train – Church Stretton is the nearest station, Contact us for a transfer to Eaton Manor from the station See http://www.nationalrail.co.uk

By car – the post code for your Sat Nav is SY6 7DH

Eaton Manor is situated four miles from the town of Church Stretton, deep in the countryside underneath the iconic Wenlock Edge.

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


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.

Guided walking in Shropshire and Ironbridge

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!

 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”.

Guided walking in Shropshire and Ironbridge

Your holiday is four and a half days of superb walking – starting on Sunday afternoon with an introductory two hour walk from the door of Eaton Manor- starting at 2.30pm, to meet other guests, meet our leaders and stretch your legs after your journey.

Walking on full days Monday to Thursday- inclusive. We will finish walking at 3.30pm on the last day – Thursday.

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.


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.

Grades and Difficulty

Grades 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.

There are hills- 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!


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

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 and transport back to Eaton Manor.

Walk Two – The Stretton Hills- Eaton Manor to Cardington and Cardington to Church Stretton

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

Transport back to Eaton Manor

 Walk Three – Wenlock Edge, and Corve Dale

We ascend to the ridge line of Wenlock Edge and walk over the hills to Aston Munslow in Corve Dale for lunch. We then follow the Three Castles Way, into the estate of  Millichope Park and back to Wenlock Edge before descending to Eaton Manor

Walk Four – The South End of the Long Mynd

To Church Stretton – Through Rectory Wood,and ascend Town brook valley to the top of the Longmynd at Polebank. Down Barristers Plain to Little Stretton for lunch After lunch, either pub or packed, we ascend Ragleth Hill, walk along it’s magical ridge line before descending into Church Stretton for tea. And return transport Eaton Manor

Walk Five – Ashes and Batch Valleys

Transport to Little Stretton -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 and return transport to Eaton Manor

Walk Six – The Blacksmith’s Walk and Ragleth Hill

A pastoral walk, out along Wenlock Edge to Acton Scott, Then we follow the route of Blacksmiths’ who looked after the heavy horses on the Acton estate, into the Chelmick valley eventually descending through Snatchfields to Church Stretton. Packed lunch. Then return transport to Eaton Manor

Just arrive and enjoy.


The Local area- The Shropshire Hills

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

Solos and Singles Guided walking in the Shropshire Hills

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.

 Our base at Eaton Manor is set deep in the Shropshire countryside – a large farming estate, set just below Wenlock Edge.

Wenlock Edge is a limestone escarpment running 19 miles from Craven Arms in the southwest to Much Wenlock in the northeast. It is a site of special scientific interest because of its geology.

The edge and is roughly 1,083 feet above sea level. The deciduous woodland which runs along it covers much of the steep slopes of the escarpment and in parts it is very well preserved.

Solos and Singles Guided walking in the Shropshire Hills

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 coastline/Powys Castle



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Anne Abel-Smith

Solo Traveller

The walk leaders were excellent – very helpful, kind and knowledgeable. Comfortable room in cottage with own bathroom.

July 14, 2023

David Bailey

Solo Traveller

Hotel- Very good. Staff, Room and food excellent. Organisation of holiday – excellent.

July 14, 2023