Shropshire Hills: Wild Edric's Way

Shropshire Hills: Wild Edric's Way

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 £500 per person

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About this route

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.

© Contours Walking Holidays Shropshire Hills: Wild Edric's Way 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

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
SHRH1 A circular trail beginning at Church Stretton 5 nights, 4 days walking Demanding£500
SHRH2 A circular trail beginning at Church Stretton 6 nights, 5 days walking Moderate / Demanding£600

The Shropshire Hills 5 nights, 4 days walking

£NNN per person
  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Travel info
  • Weather

Travel to Church Stretton where your first night's accommodation has been 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)


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; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard.

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
£50.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£40.00 per person / per night

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

Extra night (Standard)
£60.00 per person / per night

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

Rest days along the trail provide the opportunity to explore some of the fascinating little towns along the trail.

Bishop's Castle, with its interesting little shops, the House on Crutches Museum of Shropshire Town and Country Life, the Rail and Transport Museum and the Three Tuns Brewery Museum, is a popular choice.

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)
£60.00 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

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.

Return to the start- The Shropshire Hills walk is a circular trail beginning and ending in 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.

Customer reviews from the Shropshire Hills: Wild Edric's Way

“Shropshire is a wonderful county to walk in.”
Mr Smith, 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
“A lovely circuit well worked out.”
Mr Metcalf, 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
“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
“Loved the Shropshire Hills!”
Ms Pearce, UK
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