Maps & Kit – If you are heading out into the hills try downloading the ‘OS Maps’ app and make use of their free trial which allows you to use 1:25,000 maps and search on Routes for lots of local walking and cycling recommendations.
Or alternatively visit the fantastic “Outdoor Depot” shop in town on Sandford Avenue. James and Emily will happily point you to the relevant map or assist with any kit requirements you have.
Shropshire Hills Shuttle Buses - The Shuttle buses are running at weekends and on bank holidays from 4 May 2019 to 29 September 2019. The buses run over the Long Mynd and into the Stiperstones area and a day ticket allows you to get on and off the bus as often as you want.
Golf – Church Stretton offers arguably one of the most scenic courses around where you are rewarded with simply sensational panoramic views and a Braid layout that guarantees an uplifting golfing experience. A warm welcome awaits visitors and societies alike 7 days a week.
Walking - In 2008, Church Stretton became the first town in the West Midlands to be awarded "Walkers are Welcome" status, with a host of way-marked walks for all abilities. 37 local walking maps can be downloaded free in the Church Stretton section of Walking in Shropshire.
Nordic Walking – We can highly recommend Beverly Turner who is a trained Nordic Walking instructor based near Church Stretton. She is happy to take you out for a taster session or can put together an instruction package to suit your needs. firstname.lastname@example.org
Fell Running - The Long Mynd and surrounding hills are a phenomenal place to run and home to a number of fell races throughout the year. The local fell running club, Mercia Fell Runners, have a very useful website to find out more.
Wild Swimming - 10 minutes walk from the National Trust car park is the old Victorian reservoir. The National Trust have put wild swimming safety notices by the reservoir and allow swimming at your own risk 24 hours, 7 days a week.
Dark Skies - The dark night skies above the Shropshire Hills make it truly a phenomenal location for stargazers to stare up at the heavens overhead. There are no fewer than four Dark Sky Discovery Sites in the area, all of them on or around the Long Mynd.
Horse Riding - The area’s extensive network of bridleways and its quiet country roads make the Shropshire Hills the ideal destination for anyone who is either looking to learn to ride or to discover a new part of the country from horseback. Shropshire boasts over 600 miles of bridleways and horse-friendly byways, including a number of waymarked circular routes and promoted long-distance treks that can be completed in short sections, or joined creatively with other promoted riding routes.
Mountain Biking - There are as many mountain bike trails as you can point a stick at, not just on the Long Mynd itself but also on surrounding hills in the area. There are local maps for some of the most popular rides which offer everything from a family day out to technical descents and lung busting climbs.
Road Cycling - Shropshire and the Welsh Borders have “some of the best cycling in Europe”. Quiet country lanes lead you through stunning scenery, as far as you choose to go! The use of a cross/gravel bike will gain you access to even more remote areas. Either way you’re sure to find the right challenge and adventure you are looking for.
Gliding & Paragliding - The Midland Gliding Club, situated on top of the Long Mynd hills offers taster flights and courses for those wishing to get their pilots licence or who just want a taster. Alternatively, just bring a picnic and watch the gliders swirling in the sky high above.
Bird Watching - Together with the Stiperstones to the west, these hills are a good place for upland species like Meadow Pipit, which are common, and Merlin, which is rarer. Ravens and Red Kites are increasing in number, Buzzard and Kestrel are regularly seen whilst Hobby is often noted in summer. The slopes of the Long Mynd provide views of Ring Ouzel in passage and Hen Harrier occasionally turn up, especially on passage, as do Dotterel, mainly in spring.
Sports Centre facilities – Teme leisure run a swimming pool in Church Stretton on Shrewsbury Road (heading out towards All Stretton). There are regular family fun sessions, so a great rainy day option. Check out their time table on line at:
Soft Play options - Church Stretton has a small soft play centre called Mad Hatters which is great for under 10’s and very easy to find on the industrial estate just off the A49.
A larger facility can be found down the road at Mickey Millers in Craven Arms great for all age kids – this barn prides itself on an impressive drop slide high enough to get even the adults thinking twice!