frequently asked questions

 Is the AONB open this weekend? 

(when searching Shropshire Hills AONB on Google, the pin is directed at our office in Craven Arms, so that is why Google shows us as closed at weekends.)

The Shropshire Hills AONB is an area of countryside in Shropshire which covers nearly a quarter of the county.  It is not an attraction with opening times, but a working landscape which includes towns and villages, farmland, woodland, hills and valleys.  Follow this link to view our interactive map of the Shropshire Hills AONB.

 

How do I get there by public transport?

There is a train station at Church Stretton, in the heart of the Shropshire Hills AONB, and at Craven Arms and Ludlow.  Buses also run this way from Shrewsbury and Ludlow.  Click here to go to our public transport page for train and bus information.

 

Where can I park & do I have to pay?

The Shropshire Hills AONB covers almost a quarter of the county.  There are public car parks (pay and display) in the towns in and around the AONB (Church Stretton, Clun, Ludlow, Craven Arms, Much Wenlock, Cleobury Mortimer, and Knighton, which lies just across the border in Wales).  There are also smaller car parks within the AONB at some of the woodland sites owned by the Forestry Commission, at National Trust countryside sites, and at some local wildlife/nature reserves. Take a look on our Nature Reserve page and Heritage Sites page to follow links for specific site information.

 

Where can I walk?

See our walking page for a range of walking suggestions.  This page also links through to Shropshire Great Outdoors website with information on outdoor activities acrosss the county.

 

What other outdoor activities can I do?

Take a look at our cycling page and other activities page for ideas.

 

It’s important to follow the Countryside Code when you are out and about in the Shropshire Hills to keep everyone and the environment safe.

The Countryside Code - Respect, Protect, Enjoy

Respect other people

  • Consider the local community and other people enjoying the outdoors
  • Leave gates and property as you find them and follow paths unless wider access is available

Protect the natural environment

  • Leave no trace of your visit and take your litter home
  • Keep dogs under effective control

Enjoy the outdoors

  • Plan ahead and be prepared
  • Follow advice and local signs

Click here to download the Countryside Code leaflet