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Allen Coppice Woodland Walks & Sculpture Trail


If you go down to the woods today you're in for a big surprise!  From Church Stretton town you can walk up Cunnery Road to the Long Mynd Hotel to get to this fabulous woodland trail or take a detour off the circular walk around Rectory Wood.  Even in winter this trail is great for everyone, you can follow the paths and take a much or as little time as you want. 

Have you heard talks of strange beasts such as a fierce Crocodile, Giant Bears, Owls and Otters inhabiting the woods? You may be forgiven for thinking it is just a wild tale, hatched up by the owners to keep people out! In fact, there is a grain of truth about the wild animals, which are wonderful life-like carvings of exotic and local widlife, designed to invite people into the woods to enjoy the Allen Coppice Trail.


The trail has evolved for the enjoyment of visitors, the local community and resident wildlife and was created by local Garden Designer, Mike Russell.  His brief was simply to encourage people to explore the trail and pathways. 

This exciting project began with the discovery of a network of Victorian pathways in Allen Coppice on old maps found within the grounds of what was once called 'The Hydropathic Hotel' - now known as 'The Longmynd Hotel'.  These paths were all way-marked by the hotel into a trail, and extra magic, to be enjoyed by both children and adults alike, has been added by beautiful animal carving along the way, crafted by local woodcarver Dave Bytheway.  


Allen Coppice Woodland Walks & Sculpture Trail Walk Leaflet