Fancy yourself a keen walker? You’ve found just the place – Marrington Estate is the perfect base for those keen feet and a rural retreat – nestled in the countryside filled with rolling hills just waiting to be explored.
However, if you fancy exploring a little further afield than just Marrington’s grounds, there are a variety of walks around Shropshire which are just perfect for those frosty days. What’s better than wrapping up warm and heading into the great outdoors with the crisp air tingling at your nose?
On your doorstep
If you fancy something closer to home, the grounds of Marrington make for wonderful walking. Follow the signs and wander along the public footpath and you may well spot a brown river trout making his way along the river Camlad with you! There’s something new to discover around every corner.
Eastridge Woods, Shrewsbury
Suitable for walkers, mountain bikers and horse riders – Eastridge Woods is enjoyed by visitors all year round. In the winter months, when the tracks become a little icy; the walking route becomes popular with locals and visitors to the area.
Take in the stunning view of the surrounding countryside, and watch the sheep as they frolic in the nearby fields. The track can be steep in places; so, do take care.
Rectory Wood, Church Stretton
For families with older children (i.e., this route is not suitable for pushchairs) Rectory Wood offers a 2-mile circular walk through the forest which comes alive with snowdrops during late winter time. This route is one for the wellington boots; as the track can get muddy with the change in season.
Afterwards, why not pile into one of Church Stretton’s independent coffee shops for a well earnt hot beverage and homemade cake?
Haughmond Hill, Shrewsbury
Fancy a light walk, suitable for all the family? Haughmond Hill offers a variety of different trails which cater for all abilities and access. For younger children or if you are travelling with mobility issues; the Geo and Corbett trails are perfect. If you fancy a longer walk, try Wilfred’s Walk or Henry’s Hike.
In the mood a refreshment afterwards? The newly refurbished Haughmond Hill Café serves up hot drinks and quality food to warm you up.
If you have a four-legged friend travelling with you; this is the perfect place for them to meet some new friends and sniff to their hearts content.
Cardingmill Valley, Church Stretton
If you want to explore the Shropshire Hills and Long Mynd, but are looking to do so with the whole family – try the National Trust’s Cardingmill Valley. With miles of footpaths, bridleways and permissive paths, the site offers walking trails suitable for all abilities.
A National Trust café is situated near the bottom of the valley, and is a great place for refuelling after a jam-packed day of exploring!
Good news; you don’t have to be a National Trust member to access this one – just pay for your parking.
Stiperstones Circular, Shropshire
This longer track is great for keen walkers; with 5 ½ miles of uneven terrain and paths broken up by gates and stiles. Make sure to wrap up warm, for this route is fully exposed to the weather – which may prove to be at full force during the winter time. The area is rich with history and myth; before your visit take some time to research the ridge – it makes for fascinating reading.
Ready for a winter walking holiday? Check our availability here. Else; if you’d like to learn more about family holidays at Marrington you can discover more here.