Itinerary Category: general
If your children are a little older this itinerary has plenty of suggestions to keep any adventurous teenager entertained for an entire week! Some suggestions are suitable for the entire family, others allow you to leave them in a safe but challenging environment whilst you go off and enjoy the other hidden gems Shropshire has to offer!
Go Ape, Wyre Forest – 4hrs
Wyre Forest, Bewdley, Worcestershire, DY14 9XQ
It’s not in the dictionary, but if it was, Go Ape would be described as a ‘high-wire forest adventure’. That means giant obstacle courses up in the trees using ladders, walkways, bridges and tunnels made of wood, rope and super-strong wire, and top it all off with the country’s best zip lines. The qualified instructors kit people out with harnesses, pulleys and karabiners, give them a 30 minute safety briefing and training and let them loose into the forest canopy, free to swing through the trees. Of course, instructors are always on hand, regularly patrolling the forests (not in monkey suits unfortunately!) The result is spectacular. The Go Ape experience gets the adrenalin pumping, gets people out of their comfort zones and above all (no pun intended), it’s just great fun.
River Severn Canoe Trips – 6hrs
Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV16 4BJ
Canoe UK specialises in Canadian style canoe trips for families. They provide a wide range of day trips suitable for the novice. Choose from 3 different river trips along the River Severn, canoeing down river, stopping for a pub lunch then the Severn Valley Steam train back to your starting point.
Off Road Cycling – Hopton Wood – 3hrs
Hopton Castle, Shropshire, SY7 0QF
Hopton Wood lies amid the glorious scenery of South Shropshire Hills, it is a coniferous woodland and covers an area of 350 hectares.ere you will find 32km (20 miles) of forest roads, tracks and single tracks covering the woodland. It’s varied terrain offers leisurely or exciting mountain biking to suit all levels of cycling ability. Colour coded routes make picking suitable routes easy.A waterproof mountain bike trail guide is available from the Forestry Office, telephone 01889 586593 for details.
Off Road Cycling – Eastridge Woods – 3hrs
Minsterley, Shropshire, SY5 0LZ
Eastridge Woods, near Minsterley, is a gem in the crown of the the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This hill-top woodland has stunning views across the surrounding countryside and some great, raw mountain bike trails for those who like roots, rocks and a little bit of mud. Eastridge woods are home to three cross country cycle trails and two down hill trails. Most of the trails are unsurfaced so change with the weather conditions and the seasons. The Forestry Commission are working with the Eastridge Trail Parnership, a group of local riders who would like to make the most of what these raw trails have to offer.
The Old Vicarage Adventure Centre – 4hrs
Stottesdon, Shropshire, DY14 8UH
Founded in 1984 ‘The Old Vicarage Adventure Centre’, Live the Adventure has established itself as one of the leading outdoor providers, offering a large & diverse range of outdoor activities & courses from its site. They cater for all ages with a dedicated full time team of staff priding themselves on their attention to detail, providing safe, exciting & quality experiences for all. There are regular Children’s Adventure Days during the school holidays (8yrs +) also family & adult events, aimed at all abilities! Half & full day packages can be booked for families & groups. Activities on offer: mountain boarding, archery, rifle shooting, caving, kayaking, canoeing, raft building, laser tag, paintball, slacklining, mountain biking, horse riding, climbing, high ropes… Booking Essential.
Geocaching in the Shropshire Hills – 3hrs
Craven Arms, Shropshire, SY7 9RS
Geocaching is a satellite treasure hunt where you follow a global positioning system (GPS) to find hidden boxes of goodies at special places all over the world. Sounds geeky doesn’t it? Well maybe it is, but its also great fun! Shropshire is the first County in Britain where you can borrow a GPS for a day and follow a trail of caches through bits of its best countryside. Equipment is available for hire from the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre but if you have a smart phone with GPS you can go it alone. Check out the geocaching website at www.geocaching.com.
01588 676 060
The Edge Adventure Activities – 6hrs
Much Wenlock, Shropshire, TF13 6PP
Enjoy a huge range of activities including Quad Biking / Trekking, Mountain Boarding / Grass Boarding, 4x Mountain Biking and Clay Pigeon Shooting at The Edge Adventure Centre. At The Edge, they prefer to tailor-make a package that meets your requirements but if you’re looking for inspiration here are a few examples:
Half Day: Fire and Ride – Quad Biking and Clay Pigeon shooting From 10am to 1pm or from 2pm to 5pm
Short Day: Slide, Fire and Ride – Quad Biking, Mountain Boarding and Clay Pigeon Shooting From 10am to 3.30pm
Full Day: Living On The Edge – Quad Biking, Mountain Boarding, Clay Pigeon Shooting and Archery From 10am to 5pm
Horse Riding – 6hrs
There are lots of different locations you can go riding in Shropshire, enjoy the peace and quiet of the beautiful countryside from the saddle. Use google to find the nearest place to where you are staying. Here’s a couple
Country Treks, Stottesdon, Shropshire, DY14 8UH 01746 718 436 http://www.horsetreks.co.uk/
Darky Dale Forest Stables, Bedstone, Bucknell SY7 0BL 01547 530060 darky-dale-forest-stables.co.uk