Bishops Castle is a delightful place to visit whilst staying in a holiday cottage. Rather like neighbouring Church Stretton, delightful Bishops Castle will appeal to lovers of real ale. The town has not one but two award-winning microbreweries, offering tours and tastings, and also offers an official welcome to walkers through the ‘Walkers are Welcome’ scheme. A visit to the town always involves a hike of sorts; the main street is a dizzying one in six slope; fortunately there are tea rooms and coffee shops at the ‘top of the town’ to provide refreshment.
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On a cottage holiday, a visit to Ludow is essential. Ludlow has a charm and vibrancy all of its own. A feast for the eyes and the stomach, this ‘slow town’ deep in the heart of Shropshire countryside, has a wonderfully relaxed feel to it. Visit the superb castle, feel the sense of history among more than five hundred beautiful, ancient, half-timbered buildings and indulge yourself a little in the many specialist food shops that will whet the appetite of any holidaymaker. Linger among ancient streets brimful of enticing specialist shops and mouth-watering delis, dedicated to every imaginable delight from chocolate to cheese, or stop for lunch at one of the many pubs, inns and restaurants serving excellent locally-sourced food, the most famous of which is the stunning seventeenth century Feathers Hotel, with is ornate timber facade. (more…)
Visitors on a cottage holiday will be tempted to explore Much Wenlock. Close to Shropshire’s World Heritage Site, Ironbridge, the charming village of Much Wenlock stands on the doorstep of some of the county’s best walking, in Wenlock Edge, and offers one of it’s many claims to fame – rather unusually, that of birthplace of the founder of the modern Olympic Games.
Keen walkers on a Shropshire cottage holiday are welcome in Church Stretton – it’s official! The town is one of just a small number in the UK to receive the seal of approval from the ‘Walkers are Welcome’ Network Towns Committee, and with more than thirty miles of footpaths and miles of bridleways and permissive routes, outdoor types will find Church Stretton a great base from which to indulge their passion. Whether you’re a keen rambler or a short pub walker, you will be spoilt for choice with the routes accessible from this charming Shropshire town. The Jack Mytton long distance cycle and bridleway passes through, or for a short ride, there’s a circular Heritage Way loop around town. The scenic Long Mynd is one of the county’s most breathtaking beauty spots close to town, ideal to take to the hills or indeed the skies; it’s a popular spot for paragliding, as well as picnics and walking, and the views from here are stunning on a clear day.
A beauty spot attracting visitors from near and far, Symonds Yat is a delightful haven at a horseshoe-shaped bend in the meandering river Wye. With holiday cottages located on either side, the village is split in two by the river, and linked only by a hand-pulled ferry. Many come to enjoy the area’s unspoilt natural beauty, to climb the five hundred feet of Yat rock, catch a glimpse of the nesting peregrine falcons and other wildlife or enjoy the challenge of the river’s rapids. The Wye Valley Walk winds through the woods here, and are a delight in all seasons – carpeted with blue bells and filled with a profusion of wild garlic in spring, or a riot of colour from the turning leaves in the autumn months. (more…)