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Long Mynd Hills – 0 miles
An area of Outstanding Natural beauty, whether hiking, mountain biking, swimming in the reservoir or just a good old-fashioned stroll, the Long Mynd Hills offer so much for all ages. 

Although from a distance the top of Long Mynd appears to be relatively flat, large valleys eat into the edges. Once managed as a grouse moor, today the Long Mynd is owned and maintained by the National Trust. Many local people have rights to graze sheep there. The Long Mynd is essentially a moorland plateau, 10 miles long in a north-south direction, and 4 miles across. Pole Bank is the highest point at 516m.  See our activities page.

Carding Mill Valley – 300 yds
Duck racing for the children in May, fishing for tiddlers and splashing about in the streams in the summer, gentle slopes covered in fern where sheep and the Long Mynd wild ponies graze, and the lovely tea rooms offering tempting foods and of course ice cream for the children.  Plenty of walks starting from the Valley to choose, from an easy stroll to strenuous all-day hike for those up to the challenge.  In the winter the gentle slopes make it a sledgers paradise, or try the steeper slopes for a real adrenalin rush!  https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/carding-mill-valley-and-the-long-mynd

Acton Scott – 3 miles
Acton Scott Historic Working Farm has 22 acres of land worked by shire horses and skilled labour, demonstrating how a mixed South Shropshire farm would have been managed around 1890. Traditional crafts are demonstrated there during the year and check their website for courses ranging from making bread to wheelwrighting.  A very popular tea room situated in the Old School House serves homemade products and is well worth a visit.  There is also a lovely picnic area as well. The farm livestock includes breeds which were popular in the area 100 years ago. Trails for the children include the Fairy Trail which is very popular.  Open from Easter to October every year.  https://www.actonscott.com/

Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre (5 Miles)
Located on the A49 at the south end of Craven Arms, the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre holds the Secret Hills exhibition which has a life size skeletal model of a mammoth.  A lovely café and arts and crafts shop is also situated in the centre.  https://www.shropshirehillsdiscoverycentre.co.uk/

Stokesay Castle (8 Miles)

Stokesay Castle just south of Craven Arms is well worth a visit for everybody.  Managed by English Heritage it is a stunning medieval fortified manor house full of charm and atmosphere.  https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/stokesay-castle/

The Bog Visitor Centre (8 Miles)
The Bog Visitor Centre, in the shadow of the Stiperstones in Shropshire, is a gas-lit Victorian former school which is one of the few remaining buildings of a lost lead and barytes-mining village.  http://www.bogcentre.co.uk/

Snailbeach Lead Mine (11 Miles)
Snailbeach was the biggest lead mine in Shropshire and it is reputed to have yielded the greatest volume of lead per acre of any mine in Europe.  http://www.shropshiremines.org.uk/snailbeach/snailbeach.html

Bury Ditches Hill Fort (13 Miles)
Bury Ditches is a British Iron Age hill fort between Clun and Bishops Castle in the Shropshire Hills offering delightful views of the Long Mynd, Corndon Hill and the Shropshire Hills.  Way marked walks cross the site and pass through the woodlands below.  http://www.shropshire-guide.co.uk/places/bury-ditches/

Attingham Park (15 Miles)
Attingham Park is an 18th century mansion set in an extensive deer park, it is one of Shropshire’s greatest treasures and a fantastic family attraction. With acres of stunning parkland to explore, a striking mansion at its heart and children’s playgrounds Attingham caters for all.  https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/attingham-park

Ludlow (15 Miles)

Ludlow is a historic town with many quintessential black and white buildings.  Home to Ludlow Castle (Prince Arthur and his new wife Catherine of Aragon spent their honeymoon here) and Prince Henry later, to become the infamous Henry VIII spent much of his formative years growing up in Ludlow Castle.  With its many craft shops, daily market stalls, pubs, tea rooms and restaurants, it is a town steeped in history and well worth a visit.  It also hosts its own fringe festival in June and a food festival in September.   http://www.ludlow.org.uk/

Ironbridge  (18 Miles)
Ironbridge is a World Heritage Site nestled in the Ironbridge Gorge. Home to the Industrial revolution and Abraham Darby's Iron Bridge - it now has a magnificent, £12 million new development at Blists Hill Victorian Town, which includes a landmark Visitor Centre and a new street of Victorian shops.   https://www.ironbridge.org.uk/

Enginuity/Ironbridge (18 Miles)

Get hands-on and pull a loco or build an earthquake-proof tower, generate electricity using water and dams and challenge your parents to build the strongest bridge.  https://www.ironbridge.org.uk/explore/enginuity/

Severn Valley Railway, Bridgnorth (21 Miles)

The Severn Valley Railway is a 16-mile long heritage railway in the Midlands, running regular passenger steam trains, heritage diesel trains and special events throughout the year.  Step back in time to travel on fabulous historic trains and visit fascinating places along the route, including The Engine House, with its collection of historic engines and carriages. The Severn Valley Railway will charm and thrill everyone, both young and old.  https://www.svr.co.uk

Berrington Hall (24 Miles)
Created as the perfect house in the perfect setting, Berrington Hall has many secrets for visitors to uncover. In this, one of Henry Holland's first houses, visitors can explore the family rooms and see how the servants moved around the house unseen by the family and guests.  Discover how the servants carried out their lives “downstairs”.  The vast gardens designed by Capability Brown are worth wandering through.  Play croquet on the lawns or wander through the old orchards.  https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/berrington-hall

Croft Castle (26 Miles)
Croft Castle sits in the heart of Herefordshire and surrounded by 1500 acres of historic woodland including over 300 500yr old Chestnut trees planted at the time of the Spanish Armada.  A natural outdoor play area keeps the children amused.  Take a stroll up to the Iron Age Fort and take in the views of the Brecon Beacons.  Many stunning walks around the Castle.  https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/croft-castle-and-parkland

Powis Castle (26 Miles)
The world-famous garden, overhung with clipped yews, shelters rare and tender plants. Laid out under the influence of Italian and French styles, it retains its original lead statues and an orangery on the terraces. High on a rock above the terraces, the castle, originally built circa 1200, began life as a medieval fortress.  https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/powis-castle-and-garden

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct / Pronounced ‘Pont – kuh – suth – te’ (37 miles)
Dare you cross it? And can you do it without looking down? You can walk across Pontcysyllte, or save your legs and take a leisurely boat ride. But there's one thing you have to take with you. A camera. The views are something else.  https://www.pontcysyllte-aqueduct.co.uk/

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