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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.
Church Stretton is a Victorian Spa town, and you’ll still find pure Stretton water available today. Also still in evidence is the welcoming appeal the Victorians enjoyed; half-timbered shop frontages, ancient coaching inns and plenty of pubs, restaurants and coffee shops make it a good place to stop, relax and refuel. Enjoy the music and drama of the vibrant Shropshire Arts Festival if you’re in town in late July or early August, and it is also a good place to enjoy local shops and great for collectors of antiques or curios whatever the time of year. The innovative Acton’s Historic Farm will appeal to those with children, whilst in the wider area there’s plenty on offer, from the beautiful countryside of the South Shropshire hills to tours of the microbrewery at nearby Bishop’s Castle. Fairytale castles, such as those at Clun or Stokesay, or the Secret Hills Discovery Centre at Craven Arms, provide great days out, as do the county’s stately homes and gardens, such as Burford House Gardens, with its irresistible National Clematis Collection.
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