Walks, attractions and events by Shuttle Bus
Weekends and Bank Holiday Mondays, from 15th April (Easter Weekend) to 24th September 2017, excluding June.
Sit back and enjoy the scenery as the Shuttle Bus travels over the Long Mynd and around the Stiperstones. Together these ‘hills’ make up the largest area of heathland in the AONB. The National Trust looks after much of the Long Mynd, while the most wildlife-rich and geologically dramatic area of the Stiperstones is managed as a National Nature Reserve by Natural England. Both organisations strike the delicate balance between conservation, agriculture and visitor enjoyment. By using the Shuttle Bus you’re helping with this balancing act.
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Local bus company, Caradoc Coaches, operate this Shuttle route.
- Carding Mill Valley
- The National Trust looks after much of the Long Mynd. Carding Mill Valley is the ideal starting point to find out about the wildlife, history and conservation work on the Mynd. Events and activities are held throughout the year and lots of walks start here, see Ten 10 Things To Do.
- Church Stretton
Set in the heart of the hills. There are plenty of cafes and interesting shops, including a huge antiques emporium, to browse. Lots of walks start/finish in Church Stretton, which is designated Walkers are Welcome town.
- WALKS from Shooting Box:
- 2 mile walk into Carding Mill Valley. Use the Shuttle Bus to climb onto the Long Mynd and enjoy the down hill walk with breathtaking views.
- 5 mile walk to Bridges. Jump off at Shooting Box and follow the Portway heading north to join the Shropshire Way, route 8 to Bridges. At Bridges, catch the Shuttle Bus back to Church Stretton.
- 3 mile walk to Bridges. Join this walk at point 4 (Shooting Box) for a more direct route to Bridges!
- Bridges, Ratlinghope
The Shuttle Bus stops next to the River Onny and outside the popular Bridges Country Pub (open from noon – 01588 650260). There is also a Youth Hostel at Bridges.
- WALKS from Bridges:
- 5.5 mile circular Adston Walk. This walk heads to the pretty village of Wentnor, which boasts two pubs. Panoramic views from the summit of Adstone Hill.
- 6.5 miles circular Darnford Walk. A beautiful walk along the Darnford Brook and through the Golden Valley.
- The Stiperstones National Nature Reserve (NNR)
This is a wild and atmospheric landscape, with a geology of national significance. The Ordovician ‘Stiperstones Quartzite’, which makes up the ridge was shattered during the last ice age to create the jagged, boulder-strewn landscape seen today. Natural England manage the Reserve. Their leaflet ‘The Stiperstones’ includes details of walks, wildlife, geology and local folklore. Download leaflet here or it is available free from the Bog Visitor Centre.
- WALKS from Stiperstones NNR:
- The Stiperstones leaflet includes details of the Stiperstones Stomp, an 8km (5 mile) walk along the ridge to Habberley. The Mytton Arms is a welcome rest while you wait for the Shuttle Bus.
- Head to Snailbeach Mine for a shorter walk along the ridge and wait for the Shuttle Bus to pick you up! Plan your route using OS Explorer map 216.
- Or walk from the NNR to the Bog Visitor Centre and enjoy a slice of homemade cake whilst you wait for the next Shuttle Bus. To walk to the visitor centre, go through the gate which leads up to the Stiperstones ridge. Follow the grassy path on the left which skirts around the ridge. This eventually leads you to a junction – turn left (right leads you up onto the ridge). Go through the gate on the left to reach the road. Cross the road and follow the waymarkers across the field to another gate. Entre the next field and head straight down, following an old hedgeline. Go through the kissing gate and follow path down to the Bog Mine and Visitor Centre.
- The Bog Mine and Visitor Centre
A warm welcome awaits you at the Bog Visitor Centre, along with homemade cakes, local crafts and displays on the wildlife and history of the area.
- WALKS from the Bog:
- 4.5 mile Flenny Bank Walk. A shorter walk through scattered mining remains to Shelve, Flenny Back and back.
- 5.5 mile Bog & Stiperstones walk. Walk walk along the edge of the Stiperstones to Shelve and Flenny Bank.
- 6 mile Mucklewick Walk. This walk leads you through quiet borderland onto Mucklewick Hill and through Nipstone Nature Reserve.
- Stiperstones Village
- Stop here for the popular Stiperstones Inn and village shop.
- WALKS from Stiperstones Village:
- 7.5 mile circular walk Hope Valley’s Hidden Heritage. This walks guides you through some beautiful countryside including hay meadows, woodland and Hope Valley Nature Reserve. You can halve the length of this walk by taking the short cut at the nature reserve and heading back to Stiperstones village to catch the Shuttle Bus.
- Snailbeach Village & Lead Mine
The Shuttle bus stops next to the village hall (and public toilets). Snailbeach Lead Mine is a short walk from here. The mines in the Stiperstones area were once the most productive in Europe. You can wonder around the ruined 19th century mine buildings at your leisure or follow the self guided trail. Underground trips into Day Level when the Mine Visitor Centre open – see Shropshire Mines Trust facebook page.
- WALKS from Snailbeach:
- A walk to Blakemoorgate Cottages. These are restored miner’s squatter cottages. They are open on the first Sunday of the month, 11am – 3pm (April – October). Contact Natural England for more information on 01743 792294.
- Minsterley & Pontesbury
- Follow the link to see choice of circular walks from Minsterley
- Follow the link to view choice of circular walks from Pontesbury
- The Shuttle bus stops outside the popular White Horse Inn.
- WALKS from Pulverbatch:
- 7 mile walk over the Long Mynd will bring you back into Church Stretton. Use OS Explorer maps 241 & 217 to plan your walk.
- Walk to Cothercott and find out about barytes mining and what went on at this mill site. The Shuttle Bus passes the mill site just after 1130, 1230, 1430, 1530 & 1630 – follow the link for walk information and route map http://www.shropshiresgreatoutdoors.co.uk/route/medieval-mottes-barytes-mining-ancient-lanes/
There are a number of Nature Reserves within easy walking distance of various Shuttle stops.
- Nipstone – stop at the Bog Visitor Centre. The volunteers at the Centre will be able to point you in the right direction for this nature reserve. You want to be heading south on a small lane from the Centre. Look out for the alpaca’s grazing in the fields on your right. The entrance to Nipstone is ahead on your left.
- The Hollies and Brook Vessons – stop at Snailbeach. To reach these nature reserves you must follow the fairly steep lane which leads you through the mine and up onto the Stiperstones ridge.
- Earl’s Hill – stop at Pontesbury. Directions on how to reach this reserve from Pontesbury are available from the Shropshire Wildlife Trust website.
Below are contact details for the pubs and cafés along the Shuttle route. Please check opening times and you may wish to consider booking ahead for lunch.
- Carding Mill Valley
National Trust Tearoom – 01694 723680
- Church Stretton
Various pubs and cafés in the town, for details visit www.churchstretton.co.uk
- Bridges Country Pub – 01588 650260
- The Bog Visitor Centre – 01743 792484
- The Stiperstones Inn – 01743 791327
The Crown and Sceptre – 01743 791260
The Horseshoes Inn – 01743 790278
The Nags Head – 01743 791697
The Mytton Arms – 01743 790878
The White Horse Inn – 01743 718247
Saturday 29th July – Sunday 13th August, Church Stretton Arts Festival – music and visual arts in the heart of the Shropshire Hills
Thursday 3rd – Sunday 6th August Pop-up Art Gallery at Blakemoorgate Cottages from 11am to 3pm. Take the Shuttle Bus to Snailbeach and walk up to the cottages. Follow the link for more information and route map http://www.stiperstonesandcorndon.co.uk/event/2482/
During September, choral music that has been inspired by the Shropshire Hills and created in situ, will be playing on the buses. This is the culmination of the Heartland singing workshops, led by composer, Mary Keith. Follow the link to read more and download the notes about each song – http://www.shropshirehillsaonb.co.uk/2017/07/28/a-choral-journey-of-the-shropshire-hills/
Saturday 2nd September Castle Pulverbatch Medieval Fayre. Drop in to this community event which is held at the motte and bailey site, The Knapp. The Shuttle Bus will drop you outside The White Horse, Pulverbatch from which it’s a short walk to The Knapp.
Sunday 3rd September Blakemoorgate Cottages are open from 11am to 3pm. Take the Shuttle Bus to Snailbeach and walk up to the cottages. Follow the link for more information and route map http://www.stiperstonesandcorndon.co.uk/event/2482/
Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th September Heritage Open Days at Snailbeach Mine
Close your eyes and listen as snippets of information are given on the surrounding countryside, features and history of the area as you pass by on the Long Mynd & Stiperstones shuttle. There are a number of references to Mary Webb and Malcolm Saville, both of whom were inspired by this area in their writing. Visit www.shropshiretourism.co.uk/mary-webb for information about the Mary Webb trails which have been devised to guide you to the places she loved (Trails 3 and 4 are covered by the Shuttles).
- Bridges to Stiperstones Part 1 – Hell’s Gutter
- Bridges to Stiperstones Part 2 – The Devil’s Chair
- Bridges to Stiperstones Part 3 – Flora of the Hills (note: from October 2006 English Nature became Natural England)
- Bridges to Stiperstones Part 4 – Whinberry dye and pies
- Stiperstones to Bog Centre – Windy corner, Cader Idris and Snowdon
- The Bog – origins of the name
- The Bog to Stiperstones Village – Malcolm Saville and Mines
- Stiperstones Village – the village
- Snailbeach Mines – Explore the mines / Mary Webb
- Snailbeach to Minsterley – Coal, carts and church
- Minsterley– Maiden’s Garlands
- Minsterley to Pontesbury – Railways and the Festival of Christmas Trees (note: this may not be covered by the Shuttlebus)
- Minsterley to Habberley – Aerial ropeway (note: this may not be covered by the Shuttlebus)
- Poles Coppice to Habberley – Ancient Woodlands and Harry Tuffin’s grave (note: this may not be covered by the Shuttlebus)
- Habberley to Pulverbatch – Minerals and ghosts
- Pulverbatch to Ratlinghope – Music Festival
- Ratlinghope– the Church and Weather warnings