Church Stretton, Shropshire

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

As a health resort the Victorians called Church Stretton "little Switzerland" (and as we point out without the wolves and avalanches). The Alpine like hills are dotted with chocolate box houses clinging to the hillside. Church Stretton still retains a feel of a gentile spa town and still has natural springs providing the source of Stretton Hills bottled water.

Above the town rises the Long Mynd and the main route to explore the local countryside, you will also find a number of "batches" or hollows – which many of the local villages adopt as part of their name. Church Stretton is the first town in Shropshire to receive Walkers Are Welcome status as they 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.

The National Trust looks after Carding Mill Valley and much more besides. Apart from being a pretty walk, there is a tea pavilion for anyone in need of refreshments. 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 - it's 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

If you would like to visit Church Stretton and need accommodation and are interested in finding the best hotels, guest houses, bed and breakfasts or self catering, please click here.

For more information about the rest of Shropshire, please click the link to Visit Shropshire.com

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

Attractions in Church Stretton

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Acton Scott Historic Working Farm

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.

01694 781307


Carding Mill Valley

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

01694 722631


Midland Gliding Club Ltd

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.

01588 650206


Ralph Jandrell Pottery

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.

01938 561672


Secret Hills Walking Holidays

Secret Hills Walking organise guided walking holidays in Shropshire.

01694 723600


Accommodation in Church Stretton

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Ferndale

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.  

£330.00 - £590.00

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01694 722791

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Pollardine Farm Holiday Cottage

Pollardine Farm is situated some 300m above sea level in the Shropshire Hills, in an area of 'outstanding natural beauty'

£400.00 - £400.00

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01743 790871


Jessamine Cottage

Jessamine Cottage is nestled in the small village of Little Stretton and is ideally placed to explore the Long Mynd and to take in the breathtaking scenery.

£242.00 - £415.00

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01743 873608


Van Doesburg's Holiday Apartments

Van Doesburg's Holiday Apartment is situated above our award-winning delicatessen in Church Stretton's High Street. We are surrounded by some of the most breath-takingly beautiful scenery in the country and Church Stretton continues to attract those wishing to escape the hustle bustle and explore the amazing landscape.

£600.00 - £740.00

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Eaton Manor Country Estate

The ideal location for that special celebration or relaxing holiday, for over 60 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, except at Great Western. 

£230.00 - £5250.00

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01694 724814

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Audrey's Parkgate Cottages

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

£230.00 - £250.00

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01694 751303

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North Hill Farm

North Hill Farm is set on a hilltop overlooking one of the most lovely valleys in Shropshire. Comfortable rooms at comfortable prices.

£65.00 - £90.00

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Middle Farm Cottages

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.

£250.00 - £800.00

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01694 751232

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The Pottery

The Pottery is located on the slopes of the Long Mynd and has a wonderful view. It's peaceful position provides an ideal base for walking, cycling or car-based sightseeing. There are many walks that may be taken direct from the front door.

£250.00 - £325.00

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01694 722121

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Ferndale Flat

Ferndale Flat; a purpose built, two storey, coach house style building with one bedroom, opened in 2010. Set in seven acres of woodland and sheep pasture in the very rural Corvedale, South Shropshire's Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

£228.00 - £324.00

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Key Events in Church Stretton

Church Stretton Walking Festival

June

Four days of guided walks in and around Church Stretton, from serious 12 mile walks to more gentle half days.  Booking essential - please see the website.

The Long Mynd Hike

October

The Longmynd Hike is a 50 mile competition hike open to anyone aged 18 or over, which takes place over the first weekend of October every year (entry's now closed).

Church Stretton Arts Festival

July/August

A celebration of music and visual arts. Classical concerts, celebrity lectures, drama, jazz, showcase of local youth talent and arts and crafts exhibition.

 

Church Stretton Visitor Information

Visitor Information Centre

Church Street, Church Stretton, SY6 6DQ 
Tel: 01694 723133 Email: churchstretton.scf@shropshire.gov.uk

More Church Stretton information on - www.churchstretton.co.uk

For more information about Shropshire, including Accommodation, Attractions and Activities, visit Shropshire Tourism

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In Our Gallery- Carol Bowen & Gordon Bailey

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Discover and Explorers' Club Special- The Hungry Caterpillar and beautiful butterflies. 3-11 years old. Choose from several caterpillar and butterfly crafts and then go out into the meadows to see what we can...

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