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There are plenty of things to see and do in shropshire - these are some of our favourites

         There are plenty of things to see and do in shropshire - these are some of our favourites

Walking

This is walking country. Whether you want a half-hour stroll to Shelve Pool or a day’s ramble over the Devil’s Chair, Lower Farm is the ideal starting point.

We are on the route of the circular 'Flenny Bank Walk', and on the BC-ring (we are near both section 4 &5). Just down the hill is the Mucklewick walk, and it's possible to follow the Shropshire Way to Bishops Castle and catch the bus back. In addition we're just a stroll or a few minutes' drive from the Stiperstones ridge. Check out some recommended routes on our google maps, or Shropshire Walking website. In South Shropshire you will be walking in ancient footsteps, by Iron Age hill forts, stone circles and drovers' roads.

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.

The Shropshire Hills Shuttle is a bus service with walkers in mind - see http://www.shropshirehillsshuttles.co.uk/ You can find a Stiperstones Ridge walk or a circular walk or follow The Portway or The Kerry Ridgeway - really the options are unlimited!
There is a collection of walk books and maps for the use of visitors. You may also like to visit http://www.shropshirewalking.co.uk for a selection of local walks and tours.

There are a variety of local walking groups who welcome visitors - Worthen Walkers on the third Monday of each month have a gentle walk locally, Bishops Castle footpath walking group publish a programme of walks www.bishopscastle.co.uk/downloads/walking-group.doc

The Secret Hills walking company provide tailored guided walks in our area at a reasonable price - just ask and we can arrange for you to be professionally guided. Cost is about £8 per head per day and often in very small groups. See http://www.secrethillswalking.co.uk

Birdwatching

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. The Stiperstones is the southernmost Red Grouse moor in the UK, Red Kite is often seen and heard circling overhead along with a smorgasbord including Hobby, Buzzard, Sparrow Hawk, Lapwing, Skylark, Curlew, Raven, Meadow Piper, Goldfinch, and Yellow Hammers. In the garden we often have Pied Woodpeckers in the winter and they can be heard through the year. Swifts, Swallows and Housemartins nest in the barn, wood store and under the car port. 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 - "the world's largest birdtable".

Birdwatching

Cycling

We can provide a secure locked environment if you bring your own cycle. Visit https://www.cyclinguk.org/cycle/cycling-shropshire to find routes in the area which are suitable for you - depending on length, difficulty etc.

Or ride over to Ratlinghope (pronounced Ratchup)to visit the grave of the last sin eater restored in 2010.Or , for serious riders, keep on riding on the circular loop brushing Shrewsbury and use up 1100 calories in the process.

Fishing

We don't keep fishing tackle here, as it seems to be a private thing. But if you have put in your rods then there are a few places nearby which you would be interested in visiting.

Onny Vale Trout and Coarse Fishery is almost a stone's throw away - it is at White Grit close to the A488 just south of us. If you wanted to walk, there is a public footpath from here, and it's probably a mile-and-a-half each way.

Delbury Hall near Diddlebury village, about 5 miles east of Craven Arms has more than 5 acres of brown and rainbow trout fishing. Again they do 5 hour and all day passes. See their website: http://www.delbury.co.uk/

Ellerdine Lakes (6 miles north of Wellington) is open to the public and has various ticket prices depending on how much you want to take home with you and time of day you fish. Their website is https://ellerdine-lakes-trout-fishery.myshopify.com/

Loynton Trout Fishery on the Staffordshire/Shropshire border (Northeast of Newport) reckons it's the midland's best trout fishery. See https://www.loyntontroutfisheries.co.uk

Shopping

For newspapers, groceries and general supplies, drive or walk to our precious rural Aladin's Cave that is the Stiperstones Inn General Store.

The market town of Bishop’s Castle (9 miles) has a range of shops including chemist, post-office, HSBC bank with cash point, Co Op and a petrol station. It also has several pubs (the Three Tuns and Six Bells brew their own beer), and a handful of coffee shops including one located inside a second-hand bookshop and the recently opened "The Poetry Pharmacy".

The Farmers' Market is in the Town Hall every 3rd Saturday of the month. Flea and Collectors' Market also at the Town Hall from every 1st Saturday of the month. Bishop's Castle has a character of its own and many of our visitors fall for its quirky charm. http://www.bishops-castle.co.uk.

There is also a Co Op supermarket at Churchstoke (8miles) which sells just about everything, including petrol. It is open 7 days a week with a Sunday morning car-boot sale attracts big local crowds, especially in the summer. Archie Lillies Café is also there if you require a bite to eat or drink.

For more sophisticated markets, visit Ludlow or Shrewsbury. Shrewsbury has a lovely centre with a mix of historic buildings with modern shops. Telford has a big selection of shopping malls and chain stores.

Shopping

Eating & Drinking

There are a range of local hostelries. Our favourite is Stiperstones Inn at Stiperstones which serves old fashioned honest food in a friendly environment with good local ales. It is open all day for food and welcomes walkers.

The Stables Inn at Hopesgate is a very traditional pub if you fancy a drink.

The Miner's Arms in Priest Weston is a local pub, useful if you have climbed the hill to Stapeley and especially on a Wednesday because it is Pizza Night!

The Bridges Pub is the brewery tap for the 3 Tuns brewery in Bishops Castle and is great in the summer with the little stream for children or dogs to paddle in.

A little further afield you have the Inn on the Green and the Crown at Wentnor.

You could try one of the ranges of local breweries: 3 Tuns and Six Bells in Bishops Castle, White Horse Inn in Clun, Plough at Whitmanstow home to Woods Brewery, and the eponymous Ludlow Brewery.

Tanner’s cellar shop is worth a visit in its wonderful old building in Wyle Cop Shrewsbury.

Or visit a genuine English wine estate Hencote Shrewsbury where you can visit the winery, taste the local wine and even dine in their new restaurant.

There is a wide range of possibilities for eating. South Shropshire is gaining reputation for good, locally produced food, and many restaurants make a point of using local ingredients. The best bet for an evening meal is usually a pub!

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