Itinerary Category: general
We have a baker’s dozen of delightful cream tea places to visit, but here are a few interesting things about their local area – the organisation on this page is anti-clockwise starting from the far left point.
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Situated right on the Welsh border (you pass through Wales briefly at Churchstoke) this vineyard is based on an ancient Roman marching camp. The upstairs room hosts art exhibitions, and it is possible to walk round the vineyard or book a tasting tour. In Churchstoke the old Harry Tuffins (now a Coop) has a family zoo at the rear. Offa’s Dyke path is just down the road and it is possible to follow it into Montgomery.
Set in Bishops Castle High Street this is in the heart of this quirky Market Town. The church of St Stephens shows how time moves slowly round here as it has only one hand. Look at the art on the house walls and visit the zipped houses, jigsaw houses, spotted house and the hop house. The 3 Tuns brewery does tours if booked in advance, where brewing has been performed continuously since 1642 making it the oldest licenced brewery in the UK, or sample some in the adjoining pub of the same name. Take a town tour from the Town Hall and discover all about Rotten parliaments, Clive of India, the local railway and discover where the Bishop actually built his castle.
- The Maltings Cafe, Clun SY7 8JB
Situated in the ancient castle town of Clun, the castle is now a scheduled monument owned by English Heritage and open to the public for free. The ancient packhorse bridge crosses the river Clun, providing opportunities for paddling. Visit the ancient Trinity Hospital – an almshouse complex originally for retired agricultural workers of “good standing in the community”. Come on a Tuesday or Saturday and enjoy the town museum with a collection of local memorabilia. Walk- explore the Iron Age Bury Ditches Hill Fort, or buy the Clun Valley Ramblers book of local walks from us.
Discover the secret hills,find out the history of the mammoth and discover the wider area through the exhibition, participate in children’s activities in school holidays, browse our regularly changing art exhibitions, wander Onny Meadow or enjoy a longer walk to Flounders Folly or Wart Hill. While in Craven Arms visit The Land of Lost Content – a museum of British culture, or have a play at Mickey Miller’s Playbarn with the little ones.
Stokesay Castle is one the finest and best preserved fortified medieval manor houses in England. Discover the great hall, unchanged for over 700 years, spot characters carved in the timbers of the 17th-century gatehouse and climb to the top of a fairy-tale tower for breathtaking views of the Shropshire Hills. Families can look for lost treasure on our children’s trail and explore the revitalised moat walk, looking out for wildlife along the way. Stokesay Castle was constructed at the end of the 13th century by Laurence of Ludlow, who at the time was one of the richest men in England. It remains a treasure by-passed by time, one of the best places to visit in England to experience what medieval life was like.
From here take a walk up Stoke Wood and Sallow Coppice for some superb views. And do visit the historic local church in the Castle grounds.
Situated at the heart of the Earl of Plymouth’s Oakly Park Estate and just off the A49, Ludlow Kitchen is well situated for lunch or a light bite . Make the most of your visit by discovering all that the adjacent Ludlow Farmshop has to offer. Watch the artisan producers creating cheese, ice cream, coffee, meat, deli products, bread and jams and pickles on site, using produce reared or grown on our own farms. Stock up on the extensive range of food, drinks and gifts from the many other local suppliers. You will also find an onsite picnic, play area and ice cream cabin as well as a Plant Centre offering an interesting range of plants, homeware and gifts. If that isn’t enough, pick up a leaflet from The Clive Arms on recommended walks through the Estate. Take a wander along the river Teme into Ludlow, stay closer and visit the races, or pop over the road to visit Bromfield Priory.
Situated right on the corner of Ludlow Market square this is a great place ot watch the world go by. Vist St Laurence’s church “the cathedral of the Marches”, visit Ludlow Castle once home to Henry VIII elder brother, wander the over 700 heritage listed buildings and explore the myriad of independent shops. And enjoy the great food on offer.
Walk around the river, over the historic bridges and discover the ancient city walls.
Wildegoose Nursery is the home to Bouts Violas and is a small independent nursery, garden and tearoom situated in the heart of the Corvedale, the broadest valley in the Shropshire Hills, lying between Wenlock Edge and Brown Clee. Browse the plants, explore the curvilinear glasshouses and enjoy some great refreshments. This is an area of outstanding beauty that will appeal to walkers, cyclists and nature lovers alike. The River Corve a tributary of the Teme runs through the Corvedale and the area is a natural habitat to an abundance of wildlife and wildflowers. If looking to visit a number of gardens try a route linking the Dower House Garden at Morville, Wildegoose, and Westhope College to explore this wonderful valley.
Three Castles Walk is a beautiful circular walk through the Corvedale starting at Aston Munslow crossing the River Corve and taking in three castles along the 11-mile circular route. You start from here and join at point 5 or can shorten this walk by following alternative paths.
Once part of the Priory at Much Wenlock (hence the name), wander around and discover the disused nuclear bunker, visit the Railway museum at the end of the line taking the distinctive dhurstone off for building projects. Pick up a book of local walks and perhaps head for Brown Clee Hill – the highest spot in Shropshire.
- Tea on the Square, Much Wenlock, TF13 6EN
Wenlock is the home of the Olympik games, the precursor to the modern Olympics. Visit the Museum, follow the Olympic trail to find out about Dr Penney Brookes, discover the Priory – once the largest church in England and maybe pop in to Ryans – the local butcher that people travel miles to.
Tour Church Stretton and discover the history behind the buildings using the Geotourist app, look out for the sheela-na-gig symbol on the church and discover why this area is known as Little Switzerland (without the wolves and avalanches). Take a short trip in Rectory Gardens and visit a landscape shaped by Capability Brown. And there are numerous walks on both sides of the valley – the Long Mynd, Caer Caradoc and other hills nearby.
Once a methodist chapel, then a school before becoming a visitor centre this building is one of the remnants of the small village of The Bog – so named due to the ground conditions which hampered the mining in the area. Discover the story of the lead and barites mines, explore the heritage trail or take one of the many walks which extend onto the Stiperstones ridge. There is an all mobility trail from The Bog, and another heading along the east of the Stiperstones allowing exploration for the more physically challenged. For underground tours visit Snailbeach Lead Mine just down the road, while there enjoy the Mary Webb exhibition in St Luke’s Church.
- Not currently serving cream tea, but hoping to restart in June. Phone to check 01746 714407 Dower House Garden, Morville, Nr Bridgnorth WV16 5NB
Owned by the National Trust Morville Hall is only open a few days each year, but the local 900 year old church is well worth a visit, as are the gardens created by Katherine Swift in the Dower House and the subject of a number of books. Explore a little further afield and visit Bridgnorth with its cliff railway and tower leaning at 3 times the angle of the Tower of Pisa.
- Take one home with you Our sponsors at Ludlow Farmshop can provide all the ingredients needed so you can take a taste of the Shropshire Hills home with you, lovingly crafted in their shop at Bromfield.