Shropshire Hills & Ludlow

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Walking and hiking in the Shropshire Hills

The Shropshire Hills really do have something for every walker, from gentle Sunday strolls to traditional country pubs and tea rooms, right up to some of the finest hill-walking and dramatic views that you’ll find anywhere in England.

You’ll find ideas about some of the easier walks you might try here, while – on the ground – you’ll find good information at the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre, the National Trust at Carding Mill Valley, the Bog Centre, in the Stiperstones area or at any other tourist information centre.

If you fancy a longer walking holiday, perhaps taking you from place to place across the Shropshire Hills while someone else transports your luggage, then take a look at our walking breaks page.

Shropshire’s Great Outdoors is a great place to start if you’re looking for inspiration about walks in particular areas and you can tweak your search by both length and difficulty.

Longer routes

The Shropshire Hills also offer plenty of opportunities for more serious walkers, with a choice of longer trails.

At the most challenging, Offa’s Dyke Path is a wonderful National Trail in border country. It runs for 177 miles from near Chepstow, in the south, to Prestatyn, on the North Wales Coast. In the Shropshire Hills, it follows the line of the best preserved sections of Offa’s Dyke, built in the eight century to divide King Offa’s Mercia from rival kingdoms in Wales. The Dyke helped Henry VIII decide the line of the border. One of the most challenging and dramatic sections of this route is known as the “switchback”, crossing the Shropshire Hills from Knighton to Montgomery.

The Shropshire Way Main Route is a circular walk connecting Shropshire’s finest countryside. The challenging Shropshire Hills loop can be completed in ten days.  There is also a collection of circular day-walks, to explore.

Sections of the Shropshire Way and Offa’s Dyke Path can be combined with the brand new Heart of Wales Line Trail, featured in detail here. Start at Craven Arms and follow the first part of the Heart of Wales Line to the border, at Knighton. Then take on the challenging Switch-back as far as Clun.  Then finish with a stroll over hill-top fortresses along the Shropshire Way back to the start.  A week should see you home

Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre

Selected walks in the Shropshire Hills

Secret Hills Walking Holidays

The Heart of Wales Line Trail

Wheely Wonderful Cycling

Shropshire Way

Walking Breaks

Bishop’s Castle Walking Festival

Tenbury Wells

Carding Mill Valley