Market Towns in the Shropshire Hills
Rural Shropshire relies on its market towns to provide everything from agricultural supplies and livestock markets to great food and drink and shopping and entertainment. Visit Ludlow for its magnificent castle and great reputation for food and drink. Bishop’s Castle is home to two breweries, quirky shops and entertaining festivals. Sometimes called “Little Switzerland” Church Stretton is renowned for its walking routes on the Long Mynd. In the east of the county explore the traditional shopping street of Cleobury Mortimer, dominated by its church with crooked steeple. Clun and the Clun Forest is a great place to get away from it all; walk the Offa’s dyke, visit the castle and reward yourself with a pint. Craven Arms was a railway hub for livestock markets, but is now better known for access to Stokesay Castle and the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre. Finally at the eastern end of the Wenlock Edge, explore Much Wenlock, home to the original Olympic games and Wenlock Priory.