This is a small village with an interesting history situated among the South Shropshire Hills. There is wonderful walking on the Hope Bowdler Hills along footpaths you can follow in complete tranquillity. A favourite walk is to the village of Cardington with its 15th Century Inn where you can stop for real ale and home cooked food using local recipes.
The market town of Church Stretton nestles in the heart of South Shropshire Hills. A good shopping place with a variety of small shops, café and pubs. From here it is possible to walk up onto the Long Mynd or meander up the Carding Mill Valley. A huge variety of long or short walks, with the chance to see lots of wildlife, start from here.
The country town to the north is famous for its mediaeval buildings and shut (pedestrian passageway). The river, with riverside walks, almost circles the town, which has good shopping facilities, museums and a castle.
The ruins of its castle dominate Ludlow, a mediaeval market town to the south, but you will have to search for the impressive church that seems to hide once you are in town.
Add a good market and a collection of antique shops and you’ve got a recipe for a great day out. Use the car if you must or catch the train from Church Stretton.
As you drive along the B4371, stop at the car park on the Wenlock Edge. Admire the view, then take a walk along this wooded escarpment, looking for fossils as you go. Now owned by the National Trust, the paths are well maintained.
Leave time for tea and a browse around medieaval Much Wenlock, birthplace of the modern Olympic Games. Explore the Priory, pottery, Olympian Trail, museum and quaint streets.
A short drive south from Church Stretton is a wonderful example of an ancient fortified manor house. Now under the management of English Heritage it is open to the energetic it is possible to walk back to Hope Bowdler, making a really good day out without using a car.
Acton Scott Historic Working Farm
Just five minutes drive from Sayang House recreates farming at the turn of the century.
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