This is our suggested itinerary for a couple looking for a gentle and relaxing break in the Shropshire Hills, involving easy walks and non-strenuous activities.
Day 1 – Friday
Welcome to Shropshire! For a great start to your trip, we suggest a drive to Ludlow for a stroll or book a table for dinner at The Pheasant at Neenton, which is only a 15-minute drive away.
Day 2 – Saturday
For your first full day in the Chapel, we suggest visiting Stokesay Castle, a fortified medieval manor house built in the 13th century featuring a 17th-century gatehouse. Climb the tower to see beautiful views of the Shropshire Hills from the tower. It’s a must-visit if you are interested in history and architecture.
Day 3 – Sunday
On Sunday, start your morning with a unique brunch at Bill’s Kitchen in Ludlow, situated in the former Assembly Rooms by the castle. Next, explore Ludlow Castle, which is considered to be among the most impressive ruins in England.
If you are up for more exploring of Ludlow consider doing the “Bread walk” a riverside promenade approximately 1.5 miles long with excellent views of Ludlow Castle from Whitcliffe. Don’t forget to stop at CSONS at the Green Cafe for a coffee and a cake.
Day 4 – Monday
Head over to the picturesque town of Clun, around 40 mins from the chapel. Here explore the ruins of Clun Castle that overlook the town and the River Clun, where a 15th-century stone packhorse bridge enables visitors to cross from one half of the town to the other.
Why not enjoy your lunch at The Maltings cafe, which serves an extensive range of delicious soups and cakes, before more exploring?
Day 5 – Tuesday
Today why not take a stroll directly from the Chapel out into the Clee Hills.
If you fancy a longer walk, why not head to Aston Munslow for the 11.5 mile Three Castle walk, which has plenty of options for shortening.
Or head up to Mortimer Forest, which has many different trails, including an all-ability trail and a trail taking in views of the surrounding countryside as it takes you up and over High Vinnalls.
Day 6 – Wednesday
Today why not take a break and head into Ludlow and visit the market set in Ludlow’s castle square, which has operated for over 900 years and offers a range of products from local small and artisan producers.
Then head to Ludlow Museum to learn more about the surrounding area.
Day 7 – Thursday
Visit one of the many national trust places around, such as Croft Castle and Parkland, a picturesque castle with 1,500 acres of medieval parkland re-fashioned during the 18th Century. Or visit Berrington Hall, a Georgian mansion within ‘Capability’ Brown’s final garden and landscape.
Day 8 – Friday
Oh no – time to go home! Our checkout is 11 am, so you have time for a stroll or breakfast outside in the morning sun.
Then before travelling back, why not stop at Ludlow Farmshop, situated about 2 miles from the centre of Ludlow, which produces award-winning products and has an on-site cafe using ingredients directly from the Ludlow Farmship and others made locally.
There is so much to do in Shropshire we could easily have filled two weeks with suggested activities! Please look at our things to do page for more ideas, including golf, walks to do and places to eat.