Enjoying the Shropshire Hills

The stunning scenery of the Shropshire Hills AONB includes the craggy Stiperstones and Wrekin, Wenlock Edge and the Clee Hills, the wide open spaces and hidden valleys of the Long Mynd, and peaceful river valleys such as the Clun and the Onny.

There is walking to suit all abilities, across heather and rough hill tops, through meadows and secret woods, with a mewing buzzard overhead often the loudest sound. A rich border heritage with hillforts and castles goes along with towns and villages of great character, a friendly welcome and some fantastic food and festivals.

So why not discover for yourself what the Shropshire Hills has to offer:

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A great place to find out more about the area is the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre at Craven Arms, with information, an exhibition about the landscape complete with simulated balloon ride, activities, a shop and café.

Shropshire Hills onlyActon Scott Historic Working Farm near Church Stretton tells the story of how Victorian farming shaped the Shropshire Hills landscape. Practical demonstrations and courses are offered as well as permanent exhibits, in a lovely and extensive setting.

The main areas of the AONB are:

Long Mynd and the Stiperstones – large heath and moorland ridges, with deep-cut batches and dingles, along with the valleys of the Onny, Stapeley Hill and Earl’s Hill.e Carter (low res)

Clun Forest and Valley –  reaching up to the Welsh border, with rolling enclosed hills, forests and the alder-lined rivers of the Clun, Teme, Redlake, Kemp and Unk.

Clee Hills and Corvedale – our highest hills – with commons, old quarries and mines with smallholder settlement, fringed by the sandstone plateau and overlooking the broad flat valley of the Corve.

Wenlock Edge, Stretton Hills and the Wrekin – with oak and ash woodlands, the contrast of limestone and volcanic rock ridges and amazing views over the patchwork landscape of fields and villages below.

Towns in and around the Shropshire Hills AONB

Within the AONB, Church Stretton nestles between the Long Mynd and the Stretton Hills, while Clun lies at the centre of the lovely river valley which bears its name. Just outside the AONB lie some historic and fascinating towns – Ludlow with its fine buildings, food and festivals, Much Wenlock with its connections to Olympic history, Bishop’s Castle, Cleobury Mortimer, Craven Arms and Wellington, along with Knighton just over the border in Wales. Just a few miles further are Shrewsbury, Shropshire’s delightful county town, and Ironbridge, famous centre of industrial heritage.

Ludlow From Whitcliffe At Sunrise by Jon Hodgson