Itinerary Category: general
According to The Telegraph, Shropshire is one of the top 10 destinations for film lovers! This is not surprising as to beautiful landscape and unspoilt villages form a perfect backdrop for many films and TV adaptations. This itinerary takes you to a wide variety of places that have been used in blockbusters, such as Atonement, as well as lesser known films such as Straightheads. The list is continually growing too as more and more film producers discover the delights of the Shropshire countryside.
4 or 5 days can easily be spent exploring this itinerary, depending on your starting point and how long you wish to spend at each location soaking up the atmosphere.
Suggested by: Tim King, Shropshire Tourism Officer
Acton Scott Historic Working Farm – 2hrs
Step back in time at this reconstruction of a Victorian Farm, location of the very successful ‘Victorian Farm’ series of programmes and the more recent Ben Fogle series ‘Escape in Time’. There is lots to see and do here so allow plenty of time and enjoy a local lunch at the Old Schoolhouse Cafe and plan the next stage of your tour.
The Long Mynd – 1hrs
If the weather is good carry on to Church Stretton and the Long Mynd location for The Feast of July. A walk along the Cardingmill Valley will clear your head and maybe work up an appetite for tea and cakes at the National Trust tearooms!
The Stiperstones – 1hrs
Head further into the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and travel to the Stiperstones – home to many myths and legends and film location for Gone to Earth. The reward for the steep and uneven climb to the top of the ridge is the sight of Buzzards, Curlew and Skylarks which can be seen in the area. A restoration project to encourage the return of heather has recently begun, giving us back our ‘blue remembered hills’.
Ludlow – 1hrs
Ludlow’s historic streets have been the setting for many films and TV programmes, such as Unconditional Love and Blott on the Landscape. The castle has been used as a location in Faintheart, Moll Flanders and Gone to Earth.
Mawley Hall – 1hrs
Drive to Cleobury Mortimer – John Betjemin described the High Street as ‘a long airy curving street of brick Georgian houses and shops interspersed with genuine half timber buildings, the Rea brook making a splash at the bottom of the hill’. Just outside you will find Mawley Hall – location for The Weather in the Streets and Straightheads – although this is not a film for the faint hearted! There are public footpaths around the Hall and down to the River Rea.
Severn Valley Railway – 5hrs
The SVR is a full-size standard-gauge railway line running regular steam-hauled passenger trains between Kidderminster in Worcestershire and Bridgnorth in Shropshire, a distance of 16 miles. The journey is full of interest, for the route follows closely the meandering course of the River Severn for most of the way on its journey between Kidderminster and Bridgnorth. One highlight of the trip is the crossing of the River Severn by means of the Victoria Bridge – a massive 200-foot single span, high above the water which, incidentally, features in the film ‘The Thirty-nine Steps’ with Robert Powell in the leading role. This is only one of many on screen appearances by the railway – travel the route to star in your own version of ‘The Railway Children’ or ‘Brief Encounter’.
01299 403 816
Much Wenlock – 2hrs
If the weather is not so good head for Much Wenlock (Gone to Earth and Clockwise), a pretty little Market town, home to the Modern Olympics and William Penny Brookes. Hence the name of one of the London 2012 Mascots! If you haven’t already seen Much Wenlock on the TV you are sure to see more about it as 2012 approaches!
The Lion, Leintwardine – 1hrs
This recently refurbished pub has been a location for The Green Green Grass – John Challis is a local resident!
Stokesay Court – 2hrs
Stokesay Court is a magnificent late-Victorian mansion set within extensive grounds in rolling South Shropshire countryside. Unspoilt and secluded, Stokesay Court shot to fame as a primary location for the film adaptation of Ian McEwan’s novel “Atonement”. It has also been used in the filming of Green Green Grass. A visit here needs to be pre booked via the website so please arrange before your visit to Shropshire to avoid disappointment.
Walcot Hall – 1hrs
Walcot Hall is a location in Aap Ki Khatir – a Bollywood extravaganza – who’d have thought it in deepest Shropshire! It is primarily a wedding venue so please check opening details on their website.
01588 680 570
RAF Museum Cosford – 2hrs
A World War 2 Mosquito from the film ‘633 Squadron’ is on display at RAF Cosford. The plane was filmed in 1963 whilst it was based at RAF Bonington in Hertfordshire. There is much of interest to see here at Cosford, spanning over 100 years of aviation. You may get a sense of the early James Bond movies as you walk around the Cold War Exhibition!
Wroxeter Roman VIlla – 3hrs
The latest film role for Shropshire is at Wroxeter – thanks to an innovative TV project with Channel 4, a Roman villa urbana – a high status Roman town house – has been erected on the site of the fourth largest city in Roman Britain. A six part TV series, ‘Rome wasn’t Built in a Day’ started on Thursday 20 January following a team of modern builders as they tried to build the town house using traditional Roman methods.