South Shropshire has amazing views across heavenly English Countryside. These are the real "Blue Remembered Hills" that Housman wrote about.
A landscape of green golden valleys rising to dramatic hills and moorlands. A hidden history of Marcher Lords - long since dead, concealed pagan rites and legends, castles and tiny hamlets all waiting to be found. No wonder this is officially an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Within South Shropshire are:- Shropshire's gastronomic capital Ludlow, the Alpine like setting of Church Stretton, Bishops Castle famed for it's microbrewery, Cleobury Mortimer, Craven Arms and Clun, immortalised by A.E.Housman. Each couldn't be more different or distinctive. Real shopping in proper shops, lively street markets, antique markets, specialist food shops, art and craft galleries - all give retail therapy Shropshire style.
Visit the Historic Farm at Acton Scott with a working millstone, horse ploughing and butter making, take a simulated balloon ride over Shropshire from the Secret Hills Discovery Centre at Craven Arms where you can also meet the Shropshire Mammoth. Or indulge your senses at Burford House Gardens with its national collection of clematis.
Those Blue Remembered Hills
"Into my heart an air that kills from yon far country blows;
What are those blue remembered hills, what farms, what spires are those?"
A Shropshire Lad - A. E. Housman.
The Hills are alive with the sound of Skylarks, Redstarts and Buzzards…and what hills we've got! Here are just a few:-
The Stiperstones - a series of eerie jagged quartzite tors including the Devil's Chair.
The Long Mynd and Stretton Hills - heather clad mountains and deep valleys. Very Alpine.
Wenlock Edge - a 15 mile double escarpment filled with marine fossils formed when Shropshire was south of the Equator and sub tropical!
Clun Forest - a high plateau, largely treeless to confuse the visitor
The Clee Hills - the highest summit south of the Pennines.
Nescliffe Hills - the highwayman's cave and an ancient hillfort in a wooded sandstone country park.
Grinshill - a sandstone hill overlooking the Shropshire plains
The Wrekin - Dramatic views overlooking the Roman City of Wroxeter.
The Secret Hills Discovery Centre in Craven Arms explains it all. Balloon over Shropshire in a simulated ride and meet the Shropshire Mammoth as well.
Shropshire's scenery, history and legends have inspired the poetry of A.E. Housman (A Shropshire Lad) and Wilfred Owen, the novels of Mary Webb and D. H. Lawrence and the children's books by Malcolm Saville (The Lone Piners) and many others besides.
Long distance walks include the Shropshire Way, Wild Edric's Way and Offa's Dyke. Details of these, and of short circular walks in the area, are available through the local Visitor Information Centres.
For more information on South Shropshire contact Ludlow Visitor Information Centre
For more information, please visit the South Shropshire Tourism Website