Shropshire Hills

Shropshire Hills

A self-guided walk around the beautiful county of Shropshire, starting and finishing in Church Stretton.

5 to 6 nights
52 miles
Moderate / Demanding to Demanding

From £540 per person

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About this route

5 to 6 nights
52 miles
Moderate / Demanding to Demanding
2nd January to 24th December
Includes Dog-Friendly Tours

From £540 per person

Shropshire Hills

Also known as Wild Edric's Way, the Shropshire Hills Walk is an engaging walking holiday through the wonderful county of Shropshire, which straddles the border between England and Wales. This circular route begins at Church Stretton in the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, before traversing undulating terrain, following medieval drovers' roads, passing through the centre of the Welsh Marches and even crossing part of the Offa's Dyke Path.

Keeping to the Shropshire Way at all times, there is plenty of fascinating history to uncover, including a handful of ancient castles and iron age hillforts, as well as the old Shropshire towns and villages encountered along this quiet trail.

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Interactive
© Contours Walking Holidays Shropshire Hills map
Circular trail beginning at Church Stretton
52 miles (83 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday highlights

Traversing the Shropshire hills and enjoying far-reaching views across the county and over to Wales.

Admiring the ancient Clun castle and Stokesay castle, and learning about their turbulent history.

Crossing the iconic Offa's Dyke Path and catching a glimpse of King Offa's famous ancient landmark.

Available tours

Code Tour Duration Difficulty Price per person
SHRH1 A circular trail beginning at Church Stretton 5 nights, 4 days walking Demanding £540
SHRH2 A circular trail beginning at Church Stretton 6 nights, 5 days walking Moderate / Demanding £645

Shropshire Hills 5 nights, 4 days walking

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  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Route profile
  • Travel info
  • Weather
  • Holiday Highlights
Start

Travel to Church Stretton where your first night's accommodation will be booked

Day 1

Church Stretton to Bishop's Castle. 19 miles (30km)

Day 2

Bishop's Castle to Clun. 12 miles (19km)

Day 3

Clun to Craven Arms(L). 11.5 miles (18km)

Day 4

Craven Arms(L) to Church Stretton. 9.5 miles (15.5km)

Finish

Depart from Church Stretton after breakfast

Your Itinerary

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this tour. Sometimes there may be a shortage of available accommodation in a preferred location, in which case we will transfer you from the trail to your accommodation and back again at no extra charge. Overnight stops marked with a (T) will always require transfers as standard.

Overnight stops marked with an (L) have very limited accommodation, and therefore more often than not will also require a transfer, particularly on bank holidays and weekends. We will use non-transfer accommodation wherever possible.

The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to travel more than a mile from the trail to your accommodation in most cases; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard if practical. A very limited number of stops will require you to travel on foot up to two miles off the trail, however these instances will be clearly communicated to you if applicable.

Further transfers may also be required due to some accommodations having a two-night minimum booking policy, especially at weekends.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Dog-friendly tours are subject to a Daily Dog Charge, which will be listed below if applicable. Our standard prices per person are based upon two people sharing a room; if you are on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Traveller or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Traveller Supplement
£60.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£50.00 per person / per night


You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£65.00 per person / per night
Standard
Interactive
© Contours Walking Holidays Shropshire Hills map
Circular trail beginning at Church Stretton
52 miles (83 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday highlights

Traversing the Shropshire hills and enjoying far-reaching views across the county and over to Wales.

Admiring the ancient Clun castle and Stokesay castle, and learning about their turbulent history.

Crossing the iconic Offa's Dyke Path and catching a glimpse of King Offa's famous ancient landmark.

What's included?

  • 5 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail, or a short distance away via taxi provided at our expense.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.

Extra Nights & Rest Days

Adding in rest days during your holiday provides the opportunity to explore some of the fascinating little towns along the trail.

Church Stretton is a lively market town with plenty of interesting shops and cafés. If you would like a day in Ludlow or Shrewsbury, there is a regular train service from Church Stretton.

Bishop's Castle, with its local shops and cosy easteries, the House on Crutches Museum of Shropshire Town and Country Life, the Rail and Transport Museum and the Three Tuns Brewery Museum, is a another popular choice for a rest day.

If you are seeking peace and quiet then consider the attractive little town of Clun.

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£65.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 52 miles (83 km)
Duration: 5 nights, 4 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 9.5 miles (15.5 km)
Maximum daily distance: 19 miles (30 km)
Code: SHRH1 Grade: Demanding
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Church Stretton
End of holiday: Church Stretton

Route Profile

Shropshire Hills Route Profile

Travel Information

Useful information and travel links that will assist you in your plans to travel to the start of the holiday and back from the end of it are sent to you with your full tour pack. A summary is given below:

By Air

The most convenient major city and international airports are Birmingham, East Midlands and Liverpool John Lennon.

By Rail

There is a rail station at the start of the trail (Church Stretton).

By Bus

Various bus services run to Church Stretton.

From London

Trains run from London Euston & London Paddington stations to Church Stretton.

Weather Information

To find out more about the weather forecast for your chosen holiday's general location, please see the following websites:

  • MetCheck - This website allows you to look up detailed weather information for specific locations as far as six months in advance.
  • Met Office - This website shows regional area forecasts a few days in advance, with a general UK forecast description of up to 30 days in advance.
  • Mountain Forecast - This website shows what the forecast is like up on specific hills and fells, and offers forecasts a few days in advance.
"Great Views on Cefns Ridge" by Robert Johnson (2024) "Great Views on Cefns Ridge" by Robert Johnson (2024)
"En Route to Linley" by Robert Johnson (2024) "En Route to Linley" by Robert Johnson (2024)
"High up on the Long Mynd" by Robert Johnson (2024) "High up on the Long Mynd" by Robert Johnson (2024)
"Bluebells at Church Stretton" by Sarah Brain (2023) "Bluebells at Church Stretton" by Sarah Brain (2023)
"High above Clun" by Sarah Brain (2023) "High above Clun" by Sarah Brain (2023)
"Carding Mill Valley" by Sarah Brain (2023) "Carding Mill Valley" by Sarah Brain (2023)
"Wild Swimming Carding Mill" by Sarah Brain (2023) "Wild Swimming Carding Mill" by Sarah Brain (2023)
"Clun Bridge" by Robert Johnson (2023) "Clun Bridge" by Robert Johnson (2023)
"Clun Castle" by Robert Johnson (2023) "Clun Castle" by Robert Johnson (2023)
"Early Morning along Wenlock Edge" by Robert Johnson (2023) "Early Morning along Wenlock Edge" by Robert Johnson (2023)
"Hardy Sheep on the Stiperstones" by Robert Johnson (2023) "Hardy Sheep on the Stiperstones" by Robert Johnson (2023)
"A Quiet Lane" by Robert Johnson (2023) "A Quiet Lane" by Robert Johnson (2023)
"Ragleth Hill" by Lennart Falck (2022) "Ragleth Hill" by Lennart Falck (2022)
"Postbox in Church Stretton" by Lennart Falck (2022) "Postbox in Church Stretton" by Lennart Falck (2022)
"Between Bishop’s Castle and Clun" by Lennart Falck (2022) "Between Bishop’s Castle and Clun" by Lennart Falck (2022)
"North of Bishop's Castle" by Lennart Falck (2022) "North of Bishop's Castle" by Lennart Falck (2022)
"Roma is Ready to Go!" by Sarah Lee (2022) "Roma is Ready to Go!" by Sarah Lee (2022)
"Hopesay Hill" by Andrew Smith (2017) "Hopesay Hill" by Andrew Smith (2017)
Stiperstones - Stiperstones
Stiperstones Stiperstones
Bury Ditches trigpoint - Bury Ditches trigpoint
Bury Ditches trigpoint Bury Ditches trigpoint
Stokesay Castle - Stokesay Castle
Stokesay Castle Stokesay Castle
Stokesay Castle - Stokesay Castle
Stokesay Castle Stokesay Castle

Customer reviews from the Shropshire Hills

“Wonderful walking for 4 hot days. Very quiet routes - never saw more than 3 other people (none on last day!). Arrangements worked very smoothly.”
Dr Rampton, UK
“The scenery from beginning to end was wonderful. It was so peaceful and we were very lucky with the weather having sunshine all 5 days. Interesting walks in a beautiful area. Very few other walkers at the time we were there. Really Peaceful.”
Mrs Cotton, UK
“Shropshire is a wonderful county to walk in.”
Mr Smith, UK
“An excellent route with good guidance notes. I have found that Contours provide an excellent service with good accommodation and information.”
Mrs Howe, UK
“Demanding in places for us but, the overall experience was excellent and thoroughly enjoyable.”
Mr Stanton, UK
“Loved the Shropshire Hills!”
Ms Pearce, UK
“Great walking area with stunning views.”
Mr Matthews, UK
“Good varied walk with lots of interest in lovely part of England.”
Mr Johnson, UK
“We loved it!”
Ms Lee, UK
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