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Church Stretton Walking Festival

The Church Stretton Walking Festival is over for another year.  We will leave the pages accessible so that you know what you missed if you didn't join us!  Watch this space for information on the 2015 Walking Festival in the near future.

June 5th - 8th 2014


There is no quieter place to be in the early hours of a summer's day than the Long Mynd and the Stretton Hills. So why not forget for a while the hustle and bustle of your everyday world and discover the delights of our hills, valleys, woods and picturesque villages? Experience at first hand the magnificent splendour of the Long Mynd and the rugged beauty of the Stretton Hills. This part of the Marches is still relatively undiscovered and is well provided with trails and footpaths, fine places to eat and friendly accommodation. It was also one of Britain's first Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The 12th Annual Walking Festival, held this year from 5th to 8th June, 2014, is centred in the historic market town of Church Stretton. Nestling in a quiet valley surrounded by magnificent hills, Church Stretton, the 'settlement beside the street', is a small, friendly, market town where you can still find genuine hospitality and service in its many accommodations, delightful tea rooms, inns and restaurants. In 2008, Church Stretton became the first town in the Midlands to be awarded Walkers are Welcome status, reflecting its unrivalled position as a first class centre for walking.



The festival will feature walks of varying length and difficulty, suitable for all members of the family and walkers of different levels of expertise and ability.

Walks vary from 6 to 13 miles, cover different terrains, and each is led by at least two guides. Walk Leaders are all experienced locals (including local National Trust staff), with extensive knowledge of the area. Sorry - dogs are not allowed on the walks.

Please see the 2014 Programme of Walks, along with the accompanying Walk Descriptions.

Social Activities

On the evenings of Friday, 6th June, and Saturday, 7th June, we (Alan, Barbara and Trevor) will be eating in the Bucks Head pub in the High Street, along with some of the other walk leaders.  Walkers are welcome to join us, either for a meal or just a drink. If you want to eat, it is advisable that we book a place for you as the pub does get busy. Just add a deposit of £5 per head on the Booking Form for each evening you are coming when you pay for your walks. This deposit will be refunded to you in cash on the night and you can then order ‘a la carte’ and spend as little or as much as you want. The Bucks Head is a friendly pub with a good atmosphere and generous helpings of food, so do come and join us.

Path_through_Rectory_WoodWalking Festival Bookings

All walks are £6 per person, and must be booked in advance - please email Trevor Halsey or phone him on 01694 724 268 with any booking queries. 

Download the booking form here.

Come along and experience the best that Church Stretton has to offer. Further related information can be found in the Leisure section of the town website.





The Walking Festival is sponsored by these fine organisations

[Page updated: 19 June 2014 by AJA]