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Druids Castle is nestled in a hollow amidst the wild and splendid scenery of of the Shropshire Hills - itself an area of outstanding natural beauty.

Mitchells Fold - Bronze age stone circle

Mitchells Fold
Bronze age stone circle

Right out of the back door, some 300 yds is Mitchells Fold - a bronze age circle. Originally 85ft diameter with 30 or so pillars each of which was hewn from Stapeley Hill. Today only 14 stones survive, but this site still incites fascination.

Corndon Hill - photo (c) Anton Ciritis

Corndon Hill
photo (c) Anton Ciritis

A little bit further, but still just out of the rear gate is Corndon Hill (1,683ft) which is a very prominent landmark for miles around, and is often used as a launch site for paraglider pilots - especially when the wind is from the east.

Little Switzerland


A hop skip and jump to the east will bring you to the skyline-dominating 'Long Mynd'. It's name a corruption of English and Welsh whose people have gazed upon it, grazed upon it and doubtless been laid to rest upon it for millenia. More of a plateau than a summit but certainly from the west it forms an impressive slab, proud, in the Shropshire countryside. Its eastern side runs into many deep-sided valleys culminating in 'Little Switzerland' aka Church Stretton. People have walked, ridden, cycled, glided over this fabulous outdoor space for years. Well worth a visit.

The Stiperstones - photo (c) Dave Croker

Stiperstones (photo (c) Dave Croker)

Stiperstones, scene of such dramatic moments in the classic film 'Gone to Earth'. An upland ridge covered with quartzite tors and scree - Shropshire's very own moonscape. And accessible from Druids Castle simply by following the path. Yes, from the back gate.


You may also be in this area because you're traversing one of the long distance footpaths that pass nearby. The most famous probably being Offas Dyke path - which meanders for 176 miles along the spectacular landscape either side of the English/Welsh border. For much of its way following the 8th century earthwork that was constructed under the orders of King Offa of Mercia.

The Shropshire Way, 139 miles of pure Shropshire passes this way too. A large circular walk from Wem in the north, via the Mynd, the Stretton hills to Ludlow then back via Wenlock Edge and the Wrekin.

Or there's Wild Edric's Way (50 miles length), The Jack Mytton Way (73 miles), And the Kerry Ridgeway (15 miles).

The Miners' Arms


Nearest pub is the Miners Arms at Priest Weston. Good honest wholesome village pub serving real ale. But If it's really real ale you're after, then you have to visit our nearest town, Bishops Castle. With Six Bells micro-brewery and The Three Tuns brewing ales galore. Bishops Castle is a stongly agricultural historic market town. It is also a small suburb of bohemia with its thriving artistic community. The town is also famous for its Michaelmas Fayre. It also has the BC Ring - an arduous 60 mile circuit of the town.


Church Stretton, as the crow flies, just over the Mynd, but by road a little further - but definitely worth the trip. A thriving town once developed as a health resort and nicknamed "Little Switzerland" owing to its deeply valleyed landscape. It also has a fine antiques market.

Antiques Market, Church Stretton - photo (c) Dave Croker

Antiques Market, Church Stretton
(photo (c) Dave Croker


Welshpool as well as a bustling High Street, has the Llanfair and Welshpool Steam railway. A narrow guage restoration railway which follows the Banwy valley. Or there's Mid Wales airport. Ok, there are no holidaymakers jetting off to the sun here, but you could book yourself a ride over some of the most spectacular countryside anywhere in the UK.





 

Proprietors: Peter and Marilyn Greenrod, Druids Castle, Stapeley Hill, White Grit, Minsterley, Shropshire SY5 0JH. Tel: 01588 650651
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