Church Stretton

Church Stretton - The first town in Shropshire to be 'Walkers Are Welcome'

As a health resort the Victorians called Church Stretton "little Switzerland"(without the wolves and avalanches) but with its alpine like hills and valleys its easy to see why. Church Stretton still retains its spa town feel with natural springs providing the source of Stretton Hills bottled water.

Above the town rises the Long Mynd which is topped by a moorland plateau of heather and rocks, broken on the eastern side by a series of "batches" or hollows. A popular walking area - ideal for exploring the Shropshire Hills. Church Stretton is the first town in Shropshire to receive Walkers Are Welcome status. Walkers Are Welcome towns are places which have something special to offer for walkers more than simply being a fantastic place to come and enjoy the great outdoors. The town also holds its own annual Walking Festival in June.

Carding Mill Valley provides a more leisurely walk popular with visitors and a tea pavilion for that all important brew. At weekends and Bank Holidays the National Trust run a shuttle bus from the railway station to the valley and up to the top of the Long Mynd. The sensible folk take it up and walk back - its easier that way.

A thriving antiques centre with over 60 stalls is open every day and nearby Acton Scott Historic Farm will give you a taste of farming at the turn of the 19th Century well before mechanisation.

St Laurence's Church is handsome - look for the sheila-na-gig, a pagan fertility symbol. Probably Saxon - definitely rude!

Church Stretton & South Shropshire Arts Festival takes place each year. The festivities result in the South Shropshire Hills literally becoming alive with the sound of music!

For further information on Church Stretton visit the Church Stretton Website or contact the Visitor Information Centre

For more information about Church Stretton and the rest of South Shropshire, please click the link to visit the Ludlow & South Shropshire website

Please click here to view a map of Church Stretton town centre.

Attractions in Church Stretton

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Members of the Midland Gliding Club first flew from the Long Mynd in 1934. It is not only one of the longest established gliding clubs in the UK but also one of Britain's prime gliding sites.

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Secret Hills Walking organise guided walking holidays in Shropshire.

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Acton Scott Historic Working Farm near Church Stretton demonstrates life on a Shropshire upland farm at the turn of the 19th century. The farm has featured on BBC TV's 'Victorian Farm', ‘Countryfile’ and many other film and TV shows. 

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Hillfort reputed to be the site of Caractacus' last stand

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Prehistoric Bronze Age stone circle 85 feet in diameter, consisting originally of some 30 stones of which 15 are now visible.

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Accommodation in Church Stretton

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This country cottage offers comfortable, quality accommodation adjoining owners family home, nesting between Stretton Hills. Exposed beams, inglenook with woodburner. Fully equipped, immaculately kept. Own relaxing garden.

01694 751488     Contact via Email    

Visit Britain Self-Catering 4 Star Accommodation Grading

A well equipped bunkhouse with immediate access to the Long Mynd. This is an ideal location for easy or challenging walking and cycling.

01694 722593      Contact via Email    

Visit Britain Awaiting Grading

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Located in the heart of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Ferndale offers high quality accommodation for up to 5 guests.   Ideally situated on the edge of the picturesque market town of Church Stretton Ferndale provides every comfort and convenience for those who wish to explore this beautiful corner of Shropshire.  

01694 722791     Contact via Email    

DTS Self-Catering 4 Star Accommodation Grading

Two beautiful cottages (each sleeps 2) nestled into the heart of the glorious Shropshire countryside, 6 miles from the medieval county town of Shrewsbury and 7 miles from Church Stretton.

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The Holt, on Burway Road in Church Stretton, is a refurbished large self catering holiday house, sleeping 7 people in the bedrooms, plus room for cots and a double sofa bed in the living room.

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DTS Self-Catering 5 Star Accommodation Grading

Your perfect weekend or holiday retreat in Church Stretton in the heart of the Shropshire hills. The Coach House is a self catering, fully detached first floor luxury apartment sleeping 2+2.  It is ideally situated for singles, couples, or a family of 4 in comfort.

07563 156216      Contact via Email    


Built in 1905 to house the parish vicar and later used as a retirement home, Helen, Ian and family have spent the last 18 months converting and renovating Mynd Court, and have added a large, one bedroom, self contained, comfortable, modern holiday home let.

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DTS Self-Catering 4 Star Accommodation Grading DTS Gold Award Walker Friendly Cyclist Friendly

Holidaycottages.co.uk offer over 60 holiday cottages in Shropshire, each hand-picked for their quality, comfort  and location.  Whether you're looking to stay in the rolling hills of the Shropshire countryside or in a charming market  town such as Ludlow or Shrewsbury, holidaycottages.co.uk has places to stay in a variety of stunning  locations.  Choose from a diverse collection of cottages, ranging from cosy cottages for couples right up to big beautiful  barns perfect for group gatherings and even pet-friendly properties suitable for furry family members. Head to our website to see the full collection. Website:  https://www.holidaycottages.co.uk/shropshire Email: bookings@holidaycottages.co.uk

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Map of Church Stretton Town

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Church Stretton Visitor Information

Church Stretton Visitor Information Centre

Church Street, Church Stretton, SY6 6DQ

Tel: 01694 723133
Fax: 01694 723045
Email: Click here