Shrop­shire Routes 10-12

Un­cover a par­adise of peaks and crags, hid­den water­falls and se­cret caves

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The charm­ing, an­cient town of Church Stret­ton is a beau­ti­ful place for a week­end base, es­pe­cially for those who like their hills grassy, rolling and with a good pub at the bot­tom. This West Mid­lands out­door par­adise is crammed full of sur­pris­ingly steep peaks, which, when com­bined, can give an al­most Lake Dis­trict-es­que amount of as­cent and views.

Beau­ti­fully swoop­ing, green moor­land awaits you from the top of each Shrop­shire sum­mit. Some are sur­pris­ingly craggy, with hid­den water­falls in deep val­leys, while oth­ers con­ceal caves to ex­plore. And what trip to this part of the world would be com­plete with­out a visit to the in­cred­i­ble Lud­low Cas­tle? One of the finest me­dieval cas­tles in Bri­tain, it’s only a 30-minute drive or short train jour­ney to the south. TRANS­PORT Reg­u­lar trains to both Church Stret­ton and Lud­low.

PUBS Try the Kings Arms and Ra­gleth Inn in Church Stret­ton, Sta­tion Inn in Marsh­brook, and the Uni­corn Inn, Bistro 7 and the Blue Boar in Lud­low.

AC­COM­MO­DA­TION Two good places to stay in Church Stret­ton are The Buck’s Head Pub, 01694 722898, www.the­buck­shead.co.uk and Vic­to­ria House 01694 723823, www. vic­to­ri­a­house-shrop­shire.co.uk

CAMP­ING Small Batch Car­a­van and Camp­ing, 01694 723358, www.small­batch-camp­ing.co.uk Moun­tain Edge Shrop­shire Log Cab­ins, camp­ing and pods (with hot tubs!), 01694 781515, www. moun­tainedgere­sort.co.uk

LO­CAL INFO There’s a large Co-Op on Lion Meadow with plenty of choice for packed lunches and self-cater­ing.

If it rains, Stret­ton An­tiques Mar­ket is worth a nose into at 36 Sand­ford Ave. Nor­mal open­ing hours 10am-5pm, with Sun­day 10.30am-4.30pm.

ROUTES IN... The Law­ley seen from Caer Caradoc, with the Wrekin on the hori­zon.

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