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Shrewsbury and Ludlow

Exploring the Marches!

  • England

  • 4 nights
  • Breakfast & Dinner
  • Sightseeing

  • Feb

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    Nov

Leisurely

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Our holiday walking grades

Leisurely

Grade 3 Sightseeing

Easy countryside walking with plenty of breaks, normally taking up the whole day. You are unlikely to walk more than 6 miles and the cumulative ascents and descents will be gradual and range from minimal to 300m. Some days of this holiday will be dedicated solely to sightseeing (or include an element of sightseeing). To enhance your experience, a knowledgeable local guide will accompany your small group for part (or the majority) of the holiday.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Shrewsbury's literary history
  • Ludlow's Broad Street. 'The best street in England?'
  • The panoramic views across the Marches
  • We stay in the historic Lion Hotel
  • No single supplement

The Marches are loosely defined as the border areas between mid-Wales and England. They offer outstanding scenery, lively market towns and history stretching back to the Norman conquests and beyond.

We stay in Shrewsbury, situated on loop in the River Severn which nearly surrounds the town. Our Blue Badge guide will take us through the narrow streets. We have historic and literary associations to be brought to life on our morning tour. Later we walk out into the fertile countryside of the Severn Valley.

Next, we explore Ludlow, foodie paradise, a train ride to the south. The train drops us close to the centre of town. Our Blue Badge guided tour will take in the lovely old shopping streets. Two highlights are the castle, semi restored and full of fascinating detail and St Laurence Church

For our walking day again, we take the train south to Church Stretton to walk to Ragleth Hill to the south of the town. 


  • Blue Badge guided tours of Shrewsbury and Ludlow
  • Entrance to Ludlow Castle
  • Train tickets for the trips to Ludlow and Church Stretton
  • Services of an RWH guide throughout
  • Half board accommodation with breakfast and dinner taken in the hotel
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance (you can add this when you book)

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we may unfortunately need to withdraw a tour that is currently confirmed to operate and we therefore reserve the right to cancel your booking. We would always do our utmost to give you plenty of notice should we have to do this. Selected elements of this tour, including local attractions and restaurants, may change at late notice. Please ensure you have valid insurance cover before you travel.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival Day

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

Shrewsbury is well connected by train from various parts of the UK. Our hotel is about 15 mins walk from the train station. Check in is from 16.00 onwards. Our group leader will meet everybody at 18.30 for an introductory chat and run through the plan for the holiday. Dinner is in the hotel tonight.

Day 2

Shrewsbury and the Severn Valley

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

After breakfast our day starts with our Blue Badge guide meeting us in the hotel lobby. We will then set out on a walking tour around Shrewsbury taking in the highlights. Our guided tour will last around 2 hrs and starts from the front door of the hotel. Look out for the connections with Charles Darwin, Charles Dickens, and Wilfred Owen amongst others. This afternoon we have 4-mile riverside walk there which covers, among other things, the place where Wilfred Owen grew up and the countryside he wrote about in his poetry. Dinner will be in the hotel tonight.

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    50m

Day 3

Ludlow and surrounds

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Today we take the train south to Ludlow. For those with an interest in such things Shrewsbury train station is an impressive building and warrants a quick look before departure. The train to Ludlow takes about 30 mins. On arrival our Blue Badge guide will take us around all there is to see. Highlights include the castle and St Laurence Church. We include entrance to both. This afternoon we will walk in the Teme Valley away from the town.

  • Time

    2.5 hours

  • Distance

    3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    200m

Day 4

Church Stretton and Ragleth Hill

Accommodation

This is a walking day. We head south by train again this time getting off at Church Stretton. From here we walk south to Ragleth Hill to enjoy views across the Marches, Caer Caradoc and the Long Mynd. There should be plenty of time for a quick cup of tea in Church Stretton before returning to Shrewsbury.

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    300m

Day 5

Departure day

After a leisurely breakfast in the hotel we can say goodbye to our fellow walkers and return home.

Departure dates for your selected tour

21st Feb 2022 - 25th Feb 2022 (4 Nights)

21st Mar 2022 - 25th Mar 2022 (4 Nights)

28th Nov 2022 - 2nd Dec 2022 (4 Nights)

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

The Lion Hotel

The Lion Hotel started life as a 16th-century coaching inn in central Shrewsbury and close by all the attractions. It is about 15 mins walk from the train station. The understated rooms offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and tea & coffeemaking equipment. Other amenities include a polished restaurant and a cosy bar. Former guests include Charles Dickens, Darwin, Paganini, and King William IV.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

This is a Grade 3 leisurely holiday which includes countryside walking with plenty of breaks, normally taking up the whole day, and is likely to include an element of sightseeing. You are unlikely to walk more than 8 miles and the cumulative ascents and descents will be gradual and range from minimal to up to about 300m. See the 'Proposed Itinerary' section for more information.

Walks & Excursions

Local Transport Costs

All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.

Optional Excursions

A range of local excursions and activities may be available to book at your destination through a local operator. We have no involvement in such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by us. Your contract will be with the local activity supplier and we accept no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, any meals not included in the holiday price, non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or additional services such as laundry. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.

Tipping

Although entirely at your own discretion, tipping is an important aspect of tourism and hospitality life and expectations are fairly high. In order to simplify tipping, we strongly recommend that you allow your leader to take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff and to local guides and drivers. This will be done using some funds provided by us together with, if you wish, a contribution from you, which he/she will collect during the holiday.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader makes the world of difference to your holiday and ours are as passionate about discovering the world on foot as you are. They're resourceful, organised and widely travelled. They will handle all the local administration and other needs that might arise to ensure that you don't have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday. Although leading group holidays, they won't forget that every group is made up of individuals. Each tour leader has their own individual style, talents and professional backgrounds and all are trained, qualified, experienced and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting and inspiring as possible.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day. This will be your opportunity to discuss the details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. If you have concerns on clothing or equipment, this can be discussed then also. If you do not wish to join the organised group programme, please let the leader know.

Your Travel Details

If you are approaching Shrewsbury from the South or East you will take the M54/A5. On arrival in Shrewsbury pass the town’s famous Abbey, cross the English Bridge and you will reach Wyle Cop – the hotel is at the top of the hill. If coming from the North or West, follow the signs for Town Centre, the one-way system will guide you to Wyle Cop, the hotel is opposite the T-junction.

For parking, the hotel has secure, on-site parking available (charges apply) with spaces available on a first come first serve basis. St Julian Friars also provides excellent parking facilities for busy days.


Personal Details Check

To ensure that we can accurately administer your holiday arrangements, please confirm that the personal details we hold for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to properly manage your holiday booking. You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.ramblersholidays.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 331133. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.

Passports and Visas

Passport Information for United Kingdom

Any non UK or EU citizens may be subject to passport, identity card or visa requirements to enter the United Kingdom.

Meals

Breakfasts and dinners are included in the holiday cost and will be taken at the hotel. Lunches are not included.

The Lion Hotel prides itself on offering guests hearty food served by welcoming staff in comfortable surroundings.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Good quality waterproof walking shoes or trail shoes with a thick, moulded sole with a good tread and a low heel are likely to be all that is required for these holidays. If you are a frequent walker and are comfortable in good quality hiking sandals, these may be adequate for some walks. You can wear lightweight walking boots if you prefer.

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun screen
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the days activity)
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Reusable Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)

This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Holiday booking confirmation document
  • Travel insurance details (if applicable)
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Water To Go

An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

The Map Shop

If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:

The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
WR8 0HJ
England

Tel: 01684 593 146
Website: www.themapshop.co.uk
E-mail: [email protected]

If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before departure. Advice on vaccinations is available from your GP.

Health Advice for United Kingdom

No compulsory immunisations are required for holidays in the UK although you should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended for life in Britain. Tetanus immunisation is recommended.

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

Although not compulsory for British and EU citizens resident in the UK, we strongly recommend that you take out travel insurance to cover you in the event of eventualities such as unexpected cancellation, accident or illness before your holiday or the loss of personal possessions.

Visitors who are not British Citizens (or who are not EU citizens resident in the UK), must be adequately insured to join our holidays and will be unable to participate in our local walking and other activity programmes without being able to demonstrate that you have valid travel insurance.

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office provides up to date information on security and local laws for travellers, together with current passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Please take a few minutes to look at the current advice on your planned destination.

Please be aware of what's going on around you, take sensible precautions with your credit cards and passport and avoid displays of wealth such as wearing expensive jewellery or watches. Do not carry more cash on you than you will need for each day, and we recommend that a money belt is used.

Cultural Awareness

Responsible Travel

We're committed to ethical tourism in all our destinations. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.

The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust

Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel’s profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Please do provide us with a mobile phone contact number. We will only use this to contact you with important information relating to your holiday arrangements. 

Do keep your mobile phones switched on and readily available when travelling to the airport or if delayed in transit so that we can contact you with any last minute information relating to your travel arrangements.  

As a matter of courtesy, please switch off your mobile phone during walks, or endeavour to minimise its use. Please also try to minimise the use of mobile devices during group meals.

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