Walking in the Shropshire Hills
This is walking country. Whether you want a half-hour stroll to Shelve Pool, a 2 hour trip to sample the cakes at The Bog Visitor Centre or a day’s ramble over the Devil’s Chair, Lower Farm is the ideal starting point. A short drive from Lower Farm, the Long Mynd and the Stretton Hills are a walker’s paradise, with many quiet footpaths through breathtaking scenery, and a good supply of friendly food-pubs. There are lots more ideas on our Walking Page
With the Stiperstones National Nature Reserve just a short walk away the variety of birdlife is exceptional, and great variety can be seen straight from the window . Roundton Hill Nature Reserve is about 3 miles away, as is Hope Valley reserve. The Red Kite feeding station at Grigin Farm is just over an hour away and a putative Red Kite feeding station at Craven Arms . More information on our Birdwatching page
Ballooning across Shropshire Hills
There are a range of local hostelries, breweries and basic through to fancy restaurants detailed on the Pub page
We don’t keep fishing tackle here, as it seems to be a private thing. But if you have put in your rods then Onny Vale Trout and Coarse Fishery is close – if you wanted to walk, there is a public footpath from here, it’s probably a mile-and-a-half each way. Springlea Fishery is half way to Shrewsbury with coarse and carp fishing,Delbury Hall has more than 5 acres of brown and rainbow trout fishing.Ellerdine Lakes is open to the public and Loynton Trout Fishery reckons it’s the Midland’s best trout fishery. See our fishing page for more.
Cycling the Shropshire Hills
We can provide a secure locked environment if you bring your own cycle. Visit www.shropshiresgreatoutdoors.co.uk/cycling/ to find routes in the area which are suitable for you – depending on length, difficulty etc. Try out their interactive map or see some suggestions on our Cycling page
We have excellent local shops, a Post Office, our local market in Lydham and Harry Tuffin’s Emporium in Bishops Castle for a great day out. We have loads of market towns with their markets – Montgomery, Bishops Castle, Welshpool, Newtown, Shrewsbury, Ludlow or even Telford for a modern shopping centre. More details on the Shopping page
Shelve was once a significant settlement, being part of the estate of Worthen in the Doomsday Book. Have a look at our historical page for more details
Places to Visit
We keep a wide range of guides to places to visit near here, from ancient bronze age remains, old lead mines, lovely National Trust and English Heritage places, medieval towns, vineyards – in fact loads of information for you. Try some unusual places – the grave of the last Sineater in England at Ratlinghope, or St Mary’s Church in Bromfield which is an ideal starting point to follow a Cadfael Car Tour by car of the Ellis Peters novel “Virgin in the Ice“. Visit some of the extraordinary Yew trees like the 2,700 year old one UK champion at Norbury Church with a girth of 11m 75cm or the Twelve Apostles at Acton Scott.
Or join the food experts flocking to Ludlow – see this video for a taster of this historic town https://www.facebook.com/Smnfilm/videos/1564844940234428/