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Local Directory > Transport Links

Church Stretton is served by excellent road and rail connections. There is an excellent Bus service between Shrewsbury and Ludlow, Arriva Trains Wales provide a service too. At weekends and Bank Holidays in the summer a shuttle bus starts in Shrewsbury and links Church Stretton with Much Wenlock and the Stiperstones. This shuttle will stop at any safe place on the route. Bus passes are accepted too.

Don't forget the new Shropshire Transport website - to keep you up to date about how to travel around Shropshire - by bike, foot bus train & even by car. With lots of details about how to get to visitor attractions, walks & cycle rides and suggestions about things to do without your car!

By Car:

Church Stretton is situated approximatley 13 miles south of Shrewsbury and 15 miles north of Ludlow just off the A49 trunk road.

Directions from Shrewsbury

Directions from Ludlow

The main car park in the town is in Easthope Road and there is a smaller one in Lutwyche Road - both are Pay & Display. There is also some limited, short stay (nomrally 2 hour max) on-road parking around the town. Carding Mill Valley (a short walk from the centre of town), also has many car parking places - but the National Trust do charge a fee.

By Rail:

Trains arrive at Church Stretton rail station, hourly, on the Manchester to Cardiff main line. One stop north -Shrewsbury - is the hub for changing for Birmingham, North Wales and Chester. One stop further on from Shrewsbury is Crewe where there is an opportunity to get to Church Stretton from the North West, Yorkshire, the North East and Scotland.

Between Church Stretton and London the quickest route is to and from Euston via Crewe. With just the one change of train you can do the journey in three hours. Another useful route which normally takes about four hours is to and from Paddington via Newport. Choice of route often depends on your ultimate destination at the London end.

Please be aware that the railway station at Church Stretton is unstaffed and that if you want a taxi from the station you will need to book it in advance.

Click here for train times and prices.

Stops along the Mancester to Cardiff Line so places you can visit in ONE train journey so easy to do from Church Stretton. Times shown is approx minutes from Church Stretton - you need to check timetables for accurate times and routes.

  • Manchester Piccadilly Rail Station (1hr 35mins)
  • Stockport Rail Station (1hr 20mins)
  • Wilmslow Rail Station (1hr 10 mins)
  • Crewe Rail Station (50 mins)
  • Nantwich Rail Station (40 mins)
  • Whitchurch (Shrops) Rail Station (32 mins)
  • Shrewsbury Rail Station (12 mins)
  • Church Stretton Rail Station (0 mins)
  • Craven Arms Rail Station (8 mins)
  • Ludlow Rail Station (13 mins)
  • Leominster Rail Station (24 mins)
  • Hereford Rail Station (40 mins)
  • Abergavenny Rail Station (1h 4mins)
  • Pontypool & New Inn Rail Station (1h 13 mins)
  • Cwmbran Rail Station (1hr 17 mins)
  • Newport (S Wales) Rail Station (1hr 28 mins)
  • Cardiff Central Rail Station (1hr 44mins)

Long distance coaches call at Shrewsbury and Hereford, where a change can be made to local bus and train. The 435 bus runs between Shrewsbury and Ludlow calling at Church Stretton hourly. Shropshire Link - A new local 'book ahead' bus service links the rural areas with market towns. Ask for information at the Visitor Information Centre.

By Bus/Coach:

Long distance coaches call at Shrewsbury and Hereford, where a change can be made to local bus and train.

The excellent 435 bus (click for timetable) runs between Shrewsbury and Ludlow calling at Church Stretton hourly.

By Air:

Church Stretton is within two hours of Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool Airport. Local Taxi firms are happy to come and pick you up or drop you off at competitive prices.

Local Taxi and Minibus Companies:

They specialise in helping our visitors enjoy the magnificent scenery and visitor attractions - these can be found in the directory listings below - simply ring them beforehand to book your needs.

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