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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Secret Hills Walking Holidays

Secret Hills Walking organise guided walking holidays in Shropshire.

01694 723600


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


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 19th century. The farm has featured on BBC TV's 'Victorian Farm', ‘Countryfile’ and many other film and TV shows.  

01694 781307


Accommodation in Church Stretton

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Eliza's Cottage

This delightful black & white terraced cottage is ideally situated for town amenities, walking Long Mynd Hills. Abundance of character. Woodburner for cosy winter breaks. Fully equipped, including dishwasher & video. Immaculately kept.

£310.00 - £480.00

01694 751488

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Wisteria Cottages

Two beautiful cottages (each sleeps 2) nestled into the heart of the glorious Shropshire countryside, 6 miles from the medieval county town of Shrewsbury and 7 miles from Church Stretton.

£295.00 - £415.00

01743 719046


Mynd House

Built at the turn of the 20th century, Mynd House is an award winning B&B. It has eight well-appointed guest rooms - one suite, four doubles, two twin rooms and a single room, seven of them offer sought-after hill views (the remaining room overlooks the garden).

£55.00 - £110.00

01694 722212

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Caradoc Cottage

This country cottage offers comfortable, quality accommodation adjoining owners family home, nesting between Stretton Hills. Exposed beams, inglenook with woodburner. Fully equipped, immaculately kept. Own relaxing garden.

£310.00 - £470.00

01694 751488

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All Stretton Bunkhouse

A well equipped bunkhouse with immediate access to the Long Mynd. This is an ideal location for easy or challenging walking and cycling.

01694 722593

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Berries Coach House

Your perfect weekend or holiday retreat in Church Stretton in the heart of the Shropshire hills. The Coach House is a self catering, fully detached first floor luxury apartment sleeping 2+2.  It is ideally situated for singles, couples, or a family of 4 in comfort.

£225.00 - £350.00

07563 156216


Ragleth House

Newly opened luxury B&B in the heart of Church Stretton. Ragleth House is a Grade II listed Georgian town house situated on High Street, within easy reach of the walking and cycling trails of The Longmynd, Carding Mill Valley and the Stretton Hills as well as local shops, eateries and amenities.

£80.00 - £90.00

01694 720227


Orchard Cottage

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

£295.00 - £495.00

01588 673340

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Shropshire Hills Country Cottages

Well appointed cottages in beautiful location. Easy access to Church Stretton, Ludlow, Shrewsbury and Ironbridge. Walk the tranquil hills direct from your door.

£300.00 - £500.00

01694 722869

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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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