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Read on to discover some of the attractions you can enjoy whilst staying at one of our Shropshire cottages. Tucked away on the Anglo-Welsh border, this county has been surprising visitors for years and by selecting one of our holiday cottages Shropshire and its many treasures can be discovered.
If you love unspoilt countryside, visiting historic towns and experiencing a sense of the past then a holiday cottage Shropshire break could be just for you. Here, you can appreciate the sentiments of A E Houseman's personal, nostalgic poem A Shropshire Lad. You may be surprised to learn this is excellent walking country; the prominent Wrekin, the summit ridge of the Long Mynd and the more menacing jagged outcrops of the nearby Stiperstones are all a draw for ramblers, while those seeking less of a challenge head for the gentler, wooded limestone escarpment of Wenlock Edge.
There is a wealth of historic towns to visit in Shropshire. Its capital, Shrewsbury, almost an island on the River Severn, is one of England's finest medieval market towns. Further downstream is Bridgnorth; perched on a cliff above the river, its famous funicular railway links its 'high' and 'low' towns. Here, the carefully restored Daniels Mill is the largest working waterwheel to power a corn mill in England. Much Wenlock is a quintessentially English town at the northern end of Wenlock Edge. Just down the road is Church Stretton with its celebrated Stretton Antiques Market. Due to its location at the foot of the Long Mynd, it is sometimes referred to as Little Switzerland.
In the north of the county, the vibrant market town of Oswestry sits between the patchwork plains of Shropshire and the hill country of the Welsh borders, while in the south, Ludlow likes to portray itself as the small town with the large reputation for good food and drink. It's not just at festival time (in September if you're interested) that Ludlow attracts food-lovers. The town has a lively market, several speciality food shops and restaurants. The Ludlow Food Centre is a unique food shopping experience, where farming, food production and retailing come together to create a very special environment; here, 80 per cent of the food originates in Shropshire and the surrounding counties of Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Powys. Visitors can see their food being made in glass-fronted production kitchens that surround the food hall and choose from thousands of local products. There is also the Conservatory Barn Cafe serving fresh local and seasonal food.
When it comes to staying in holiday cottages Shropshire also offers a fascinating insight into our industrial heritage. No stay at any of our Shropshire cottages would be complete without a trip to Ironbridge Gorge in the beautiful Severn valley, cradle of the Industrial Revolution. While the great icon of this World Heritage site is the Iron Bridge itself, there are many other attractions to visit here. To fully appreciate the Gorge and its place in the story of Britain's development, visitors can buy an entry pass to all ten museums and walk between them. Reminders of the past are everywhere. Sleeping furnaces and abandoned railway tracks are now mellowed by nature; in the valley, amidst the bird song, the sound of gushing of water comes not from a natural source but from the complex series of man-made watercourses that once powered industry here. All in all, a great day out and one more good reason for booking a break at one of our Shropshire cottages. ... Read More »
Cleobury Mortimer, nr. Ludlow. View on map>