General Walk Info
Please read the following general notes about the walks.
Booking: Walks do have limited numbers, so early booking is advisable to avoid disappointment.
Dogs: Sorry, no dogs on the walks, please. (well, except for The Great Big Dog Walk...).
Walk Grading: Please refer to the Grading System by using the in the Key Points boxes.
Clothing: For all but the walks marked as “Easy”, please bring sensible walking shoes or boots that are suitable for off-road hill / mountainous terrain. Also, weatherproof and windproof clothing and spare layers are essential as weather can change quickly up on the hill with little shelter. The temperature on the summits can be much lower than in the valley and the wind can be much stronger. These two elements combine to lower your body temperature quickly. Carry a hat and gloves in all but the finest summer weather. Hopefully the weather will be good enough to need sun hats and sun lotion so please bring them if you believe that you may need them.
Food & Drink: Please bring enough food and water suitable for the weather conditions on the day. A packed lunch or snack is sensible for most of the walks. For those walks that include a pub break, please note that any refreshments at the pub are not included in the price of the walk, so please bring the necessary funds if you wish to partake. (For pub visits, we will probably be asking nearer the time for preferences, to aid the pub catering staff.)
Pace: Most walks are not designed to be 'route marches', but are to be enjoyed in a reasonably leisurely way, with stops for food & drink and generally resting and taking in the stunning views we have on offer. Please keep to the pace set by the walk leader, to avoid breaking up the group.
Please ensure that you are suitably attired and provisioned, as our walk leaders do reserve the right to turn people away if they consider that they are not suitably prepared.
Walk Maps: We have put together a set of rough guide maps to give you some idea of where the main walks are located, to assist you in your choice. This is available as a PDF HERE.
Start Point Information
We will update this quick guide to the Start Points in due course...
The Outdoor Depot, Library, Co-op Car Park, The Square, Rectory Field, Bucks Head: these are all in the town centre; parking near the Co-op is £4.00 per day, free on Sundays. For Co-op Car Park starts, we will meet near the public lavatories (a useful pre-walk location...); for Rectory Field, meet in the field near the gate.
Carding Mill Valley: walks start from outside the National Trust Pavilion Tea Room at the far end of Carding Mill Valley. The valley is accessed from the B5471 Shrewsbury Road, just north of the town centre. Enter the valley, then continue through the valley for approx 800m. Parking is available in the valley (although can get very busy on nice weekends!); £5.00 per day, free for NT members.
Church Stretton School: approx 700m north of the town centre, on the B5471 Shrewsbury Road. Parking available, but might be busy for the Mynd Drover!
Little Stretton: Park at All Saints church, SY6 6RD. This is a thatched building in the centre of Little Stretton village, opposite The Ragleth Inn. From Church Stretton, drive south along High Street, over mini roundabout with Bucks Head on your right, continue into Ludlow Road. After just over 1 mile, church will be on your left. From Craven Arms direction, travelling on A49, drive past Marshbrook then turn left on to the B5477 for Little Stretton. Church is on the right.
A map of Church Stretton is available HERE.
Eating & Drinking in Stretton
We've prepared a list of town centre premises to help you: Eating & Drinking.
For information on accommodation in the Church Stretton area, and more info about Church Stretton generally, please see the Church Stretton Website.
Alternatively, Independent Hostels UK are the UK's largest network of hostels and bunkhouses.
For rail services to Church Stretton, please see the Transport for Wales Website.