Take the Shuttle bus that tours over the hills and down into the valleys each weekend and on Bank holidays. Get on and off wherever it takes your fancy. Plan this for your first day here. Take your own car and perhaps a picnic and follow the drives that I have set out for you to familiarise yourself with the area. Call at one of the local country pubs and enjoy something to eat and a drink.
Visit Towns and Shops
Wow! Plenty of shops in all the nearby towns, Shrewsbury, Ludlow, Much Wenlock, Bridgnorth, Telford, Ellesmere, Oswestry, Bishops Castle and Clun. Some have street markets as well as designer shops, quaint alleys and shuts, amazing black and white properties, wonderful architecture, parks and gardens and riverside walks.
Plenty of good pubs and eating-places featured in the good pub guide. Such as the Bridges at Ratlinghope, owned by and supplied with beers from The Three Tuns in Bishops Castle (say Ratchup and become a local). First class food, wonderful location. The Crown at Wentnor, The White Horse at Pulverbatch, and of course The Bottle and Glass at Picklescott - to name but a few. Ludlow has some very fine restaurants. Visit specialist tea-rooms, such as the Bird on the Rock in Clungunford and DeGreys in Ludlow.
Castles, Stately homes and Gardens
Shropshire is unique in having more than its fair share of castles, stately homes with magnificent gardens along its once troubled borderland. The Welsh border is only a short journey away and Powis Castle is a must for history and garden lovers alike. Blists Hill and the Ironbridge Gorge Museums are world famous. Attingham Park, Benthall Hall, Dudmaston.
Then Bridgnorth is a must do place with The Severn Valley Railway or go to Welshpool and visit the narrow gauge railway.
We are close to the Shropshire Way. See the leaflet in the cottage. Plenty of gentle strolls along the lanes look out over hedges to see the farmland and animals, enjoy the abundance of wild flowers along the roadside. Marvel at the views that make this part of Shropshire so special. Go up onto the Longmynd and do more challenging walks.