The Local Area
Church Stretton is a historic market town situated on the old Roman road , the Watling Street, leading south from their camp at Wroxeter, near Shrewsbury. The town nestles in the largest valley running north to south within the Shropshire Hills, and it seems likely that this was the reason for the choice of route.
The Shropshire Hills are now designated an area of outstanding natural beauty, and Church Stretton is the only town within this area. The visitor can expect to find independent shops and businesses which will cater for most needs, within a town which offers a warm welcome and still retains a strong sense of community.
To the west of the town the Long Mynd plateau rises another thousand feet and offers stunning views in many directions. Cutting into the Mynd are a number of delightful valleys, known locally as 'batches', with their clear sparkling streams.
To the east lie a series of hills including Caer Caradoc with its Iron Age hillfort still in evidence. Ragleth Hill with its views offers what is arguably one of the finest ridge walks in the area. And all of these can be directly reached on foot from the town. Unsurprisingly perhaps, Church Stretton is a 'Walkers are welcome' town.