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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The Chalet Pavilion in Carding Mill Valley offers information about the area, as well as a tea-room and shop.

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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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Opening 5th May 2015. If you are looking for something genuinely hand crafted and locally made, either for your home or as a special gift, please visit Ralph Jandrell Pottery.

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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 last century. The farm has featured on BBC TV's 'Victorian Farm' and more recently used as the setting for Monty Don’s Real Craft series on More Four.

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Carding Mill Valley and the Long Mynd offer breathtaking views across Shropshire, Cheshire and the Black Mountains.

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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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Peacefully situated in its own grounds, with beautiful views of hills & farm animals. Ensuite bedrooms, guests sitting room, log fires, local produce, warm welcome.

01694 771314    

DTS B&B 4 Star Accommodation Grading

3 Luxury 4 Star Gold Award holiday cottages in the South Shropshire Hills.  The Barn sleeps 6, Daisy's Place and Gooseyard Cottage both sleep 2.  Pets are welcome by arrangement in Gooseyard.

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Idyllically located in a lovely hamlet in the heart of South Shropshire’s glorious, rolling countryside, Orchard Cottage is the perfect holiday retreat. 

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Two small cottages, each fully equipped for two people. These are single storey units converted by us to a high standard from a barn.

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The ideal location for that special celebration or relaxing holiday, for over 50 guests. A selection of superior 4* and 5* properties, large private gardens, swimming pool (April to October), private chef, beauty therapist, photographer all available. Dogs welcome.

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Mynd House, an award winning Guest House, lies at the foot of the Long Mynd in the unspoilt village of Little Stretton.

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Just for two, a very comfortable single storey cottage. Beautiful, peaceful location on the slopes of Wenlock Edge. Excellent for walking, bird watching or relaxing.

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An attractive and substantial Edwardian five star Guest House situated in the highly popular town of Church Stretton in Shropshire.

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Set on a small arable farm with views over some of Shropshire's finest countryside.  St. Vincent cottage sleeps 6 and Bequia sleeps 4.

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A truly wonderful base from which to explore Shropshire and the surrounding counties, Court Farm is a listed farmhouse set on a 330 acre working mixed farm in the peaceful and idyllic hamlet of Gretton.

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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