Walking & Cycling
What better way to enjoy the natural beauty of the Shropshire Hills than to go for a walk? From a short amble to a day’s hike, the paths and open spaces of the Shropshire Hills will take you along river valleys, through pastures, villages, or over hilltops of rock and heather. Take in views from ancient Iron Age hillforts.
The Shropshire Way and Offa's Dyke can be easily reached and the nearby Long Mynd and Caer Caradoc is a spectacular area for walking.
Clun Valley Challenge - choose either the 26 or 16 mile route, both with some challenging Shropshire Hills (approximately 4300’ of ascent). The scenery is spectacular and the event is reknown for it’s excellent refreshments!
The local lanes take you through peaceful, remote areas, offer amazing views and have very little traffic. The Shropshire Hills has excellent off-road and mountain biking to suit all abilities. Easier rides include the Portway along the top of the Long Mynd and the Jack Mytton Way along Wenlock Edge. The Long Mynd also has a great variety of tracks and ‘natural singletrack’ trails. We can offer secure garage storage for your bikes and equipment.
Where to begin? Here’s just a taster:
Picturesque towns and villages - Clun, Bishops Castle, Ludlow, Montgomery, Much Wenlock, Shrewsbury
Castles - Stokesay, Ludlow, Powis
Stately homes - Attingham Park, Berrington Hall, Hampton Court Castle
Steam railways - Severn Valley Steam Railway at Bridgnorth, Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway
Ironbridge Gorge & Museums - birthplace of the industrial revolution
Acton Scott Historic Working Farm
To herald the beginning of spring each year, Clun hosts the Green Man Festival. This takes place on the Bank Holiday weekend at the beginning of May. The Green Man banishes the Frost Queen by battling with her on the bridge. Over the weekend there are all sorts of entertainment, a procession and craft fair in the castle grounds http://www.clungreenman.org.uk
Clun Carnival is the big summer event, with lots of activities leading up to the day itself, including an art and craft exhibition. A procession of carnival floats tour the town. There is a large horticultural and home craft show on the Castle Meadow, together with a tea tent, bar, stalls, dog show and entertainments.
Find out if there are any other local festivals happening in nearby villages during your stay at http://www.clun.info/clun-events.html
For the foodies, Ludlow hosts exciting gourmet food festivals - check the website for event details http://www.foodfestival.co.uk