East Surrey Walkers

Walking for Pleasure

Church Stretton HF Holiday - Shropshire - May 2018

This holiday is now fully booked.

We have 26 members going and we really would like it to be 30 to receive our double discount so it would be great if you could join us. The hotel still has double and twin rooms subject to availability.

This would be for 7 nights commencing 11th May to the 18th as a self-guided holiday at a cost of £595 per person. As usual. Two persons sharing a twin or double room to include bed, breakfast, evening meal and picnic lunch.

The group would qualify for a free room for every 15 people in the party; this will be reflected in a refund after final payments have been made

This is a lovely area with excellent walking routes. As with the recent holidays before, we would plan to offer an easier and a harder walk for at least 5 of the days. Helen Whiteley has kindly offered to co-ordinate arrangements with HF Holidays so, if you are interested in joining the holiday, please e-mail her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your room requirements.

The deposit is £75 p.p. Please state if you are paying by cheque or bank transfer. On receipt of your email Helen will confirm your request and attach a payment form with details on how to pay..This is a first come first served basis.

We expect that this will be yet another very enjoyable ESW Group holiday! Keith T one of our members talks fondly of the area and describes what great views and walking country it is.

The Hills around Church Stretton are covered in footpaths, which make it a fabulous area to base a walking holiday. The views from the Long Mynd, which runs up the Western side of the valley can be as good as much of the Lake District, but without the lakes. The hills on the Eastern side also provide some spectacular views and great walking, particularly Caer Caradoc, which is the site of an old fort. The ramparts are quite amazing considering their age, which is about 3,500 years old. I believe this is the most southerly extent of the glaciation in the ice ages, which is very apparent from the shapes of the hills, particularly The Lawley, which is just to the North of Caer Caradoc. The walk from the North of the Lawley is a very gradual ascent, and shows exactly what glaciers can do to the landscape. This was always one of my favourite walks. Should we be lucky to have clear days the views from the hills can be as far as Cheshire to the North, Snowdonia to the West and Birmingham to the East. I have spent many days walking the hills around Church Stretton, and although it was many years ago it has made a very lasting impression on me. I just can’t wait to go back.


Keith Towers