Church Stretton is a small historic market town in the heart of the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It sits below the heather-clad upland plateau of the Long Mynd in a picturesque valley. It has two Local Nature Reserves immediately adjacent to the town centre, covering some 200 acres, one on the valley floor with an abundance of wetland species and the other, a wooded area, once described as “the most tranquil place in Britain”.
The long history of Church Stretton is plain to see in the many buildings dating back to Tudor times, all with explanatory plaques to read as you stroll around. The main shopping streets were developed in the Edwardian era, and there aren’t chain stores in Church Stretton, just lots of independent, locally-owned businesses which help create a magical visit to our lovely town.
Church Stretton lies on the main Transport for Wales railway line from Shrewsbury to Ludlow. It also has a regular bus link to both towns, plus a Shuttle Bus service around the hills on summer weekends.
Church Stretton, in its idyllic setting, offers an ideal country escape for a couple of days with a variety of options, depending on how active you want to be. You can enjoy exploring the unusual range of shops and ferreting around the Antiques Centre before trying out the various tea and coffee shops. We have a variety of eateries to suit all tastes from pubs, cafés and restaurants. And just half a mile north and south of the town are the villages of All Stretton and Little Stretton, both of which give access to beautiful Long Mynd valleys and routes up on to the hills, and boasting great dining pubs.
Exploration of the town, with its many historic buildings and its Norman church, can be interspersed with gentle rambles around either of the two Local Nature Reserves which are near at hand. Carding Mill Valley, a short walk from the town centre, is popular with children and adults alike with walking routes to the local waterfall, or up on to the Long Mynd. Parents can relax in the National Trust Pavilion, while the children have fun making dams or catching bullheads in the stream.
Here is a link to a series of eight short walks in and around Church Stretton that you can download and print before you arrive.
See the Visit Church Stretton website for more information before and during your stay.
Call in to the Visitor Information centre which is based in the Library and has all sorts of information useful for visitors in the area. See the Visit Church Stretton website for opening hours.