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Rolling hills, serene valleys, and awe-inspiring views

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  • Duration

    2 Nights
  • Accommodation

    Hostel
  • Food

    Some provided. Details below
  • Difficulty Levels

    Multiple options available
    1 - 2

Join us for a sociable guided weekend in the best Midlands countryside as we explore the beautiful Shropshire Hills, including investigating the ancient boundary of Offa’s Dyke and admiring the moorland and stream valleys of the Long Mynd. Once you’ve seen it you’ll wonder why the area isn’t more famous!

With a restored water mill as our base slap bang in the middle of some of Shropshire’s finest scenery, and with the historic Offa’s Dyke on our doorstep, this weekend is filled with enjoyable guided walks, good food and time to unwind while making great new friends, or reuniting with companions from previous trips.

On a lovely and mild November weekend we heaed to Clun Mill YHA for a weekend exploring Offa's Dyke and the Shropshire Hills. Despite a very wet start on Saturday monring it soon cleared up to leave us in stunning sunshine.

In a nutshell:

  • Explore the Shropshire hills with a friendly group and a Large Outdoors host on this exquisite walking weekend away.
  • Relax in the hostel and take the time to relax and escape daily life, perhaps with a glass of your favourite wine or one of our endless hot drinks!
  • Admire the ancient site of Offa’s Dyke, built over a thousand years ago and running the full length of the ancient border with Wales.
  • Watch for wildlife on the hills, make great new friends and let us worry about the navigation as you head out on some brilliant local walks.

On a lovely and mild November weekend we heaed to Clun Mill YHA for a weekend exploring Offa's Dyke and the Shropshire Hills. Despite a very wet start on Saturday monring it soon cleared up to leave us in stunning sunshine.

About the Area

Shropshire Hills

Straddled between Birmingham and the Welsh Borders lies the stunning scenery of the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Made up of gentle hills, deep valleys and dotted with all sorts of landscapes from woodland to moor, there are miles of trails to explore this little-visited but easily accessible part of the country. In the west, the ancient fortification of Offa’s Dyke can still be explored, one of the first borders with Wales that was built almost 1500 years ago! Alongside such famous hills as the Wrekin and the Long Mynd, there are ancient bridges, castles, timeless villages and a variety of walking routes from easy rambles to full day hikes.

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Itinerary

Friday:

Clun Mill YHA is described as a rural retreat and it’s easy to see why as you pitch up at the impressive restored water mill and the extensive grounds that it stands in.

Walk through the front door and with the log burner fired up, the comfy sofas beckoning and your host for the weekend greeting you, settling in will be a doddle.

While your evening meal is being prepared there is then plenty of time to get to know your fellow walkers or catch up with old friends if you’re a Large Outdoors regular.

On a lovely and mild November weekend we heaed to Clun Mill YHA for a weekend exploring Offa's Dyke and the Shropshire Hills. Despite a very wet start on Saturday monring it soon cleared up to leave us in stunning sunshine.

Saturdays:

After breakfast our walk today will be a 10 mile circular walk, heading out to explore Offa’s Dyke, which King Offa ordered to be constructed in the 8th century to protect his kingdom of Mercia from rival Welsh kingdoms.

As we follow the route, the distinctive whaleback ridge of the ancient earthwork stands out from the surrounding rolling hills and forests while the horizon is punctuated with castles.

On a lovely and mild November weekend we heaed to Clun Mill YHA for a weekend exploring Offa's Dyke and the Shropshire Hills. Despite a very wet start on Saturday monring it soon cleared up to leave us in stunning sunshine.

Once we return to the hostel it’s time to enjoy a well deserved cuppa, some homemade cake and a chance to wind down. Then while your dinner is being prepared, there will be time for an ‘early-doors pint at the local pub in Clun.

Sunday

After breakfast we will pack up and head out for a gentle 5-6 mile walk. We then stop for a spot of Sunday lunch at a pub before heading home.

On a lovely and mild November weekend we heaed to Clun Mill YHA for a weekend exploring Offa's Dyke and the Shropshire Hills. Despite a very wet start on Saturday monring it soon cleared up to leave us in stunning sunshine.

Our Base:

Venue Address;

YHA Clun Mill
The Mill,
Clun,
Craven Arms,
Shropshire,
SY7 8NY

  • Good to know:

    Good to know:

    • This venue supplies bedding but you will need a towel.
    • You are welcome to bring your own alcohol to drink on this trip.
    • I am afraid dogs are not allowed on this trip, unless they are registered assistance dogs.
    • Please note there is no mobile phone signal or wifi at this venue.
    • This trip is open to anyone over 18 years of age and there is no upper age limit.

    Arrivals:

    You are welcome to arrive any time from 5pm onwards and settle in before we serve an evening meal at about 8pm. Please let us know if you intend arriving after 10pm.

    How many walk options are offered?

    On each of our weekends we aim to offer two or more walk options each day, so you have a choice of a harder or easier day out. However, this is not always possible. On weekends where there is a small group, instead of cancelling the weekend, we will all head out on the same walk. This walk will be planned so that everyone can have a good day out, with the aim being a social group exploration of the local countryside.

    Transport during the weekend:

    As often as possible, we aim to walk straight from the door of the accommodation. However, sometimes the best walks are a little further away and we need to drive. For these occasions, we encourage our guests to car-share to get to and from the walk location, so that we fit into as few vehicles as possible. If you are a driver, if would be very helpful if you would consider volunteering for this if required!

    Please also remember to bring some loose change for car park charges, which are sometimes unavoidable.

    Foods and Drinks:

    For this weekend we provide the following meals:

    • Evening meals on both Friday and Saturday.
    • Breakfasts – Our standard breakfast is a selection of cereals, yoghurts, fruit and toast.
    • Packed Lunch for Saturday – We supply sandwiches, fruit, cereal bars / biscuits and crisps. However, we do not supply any drinks so please ensure you have a water bottle with you.
    • Sunday, we usually head to a local pub or café for lunch which is not included in the price of the weekend.

    As well as meals, we also provide a variety of complimentary soft drinks and beverages – tea & coffee which includes herbal, fruit and decaffeinated options and fruit squashes.

    We do not supply alcohol but you are welcome to bring your own

    Vegetarian or Vegan:

    We will always supply a vegetarian of vegan meal, however due to the remote locations of our venues these must be booked in advance. Simply complete the dietary section during the booking process or if your dietary needs have changed email the office and we will update your records.

    We are unable to offer Halal or Kosher meals but will be happy to supply a vegetarian alternative, please ensure you request this when booking.

    Allergies, Intolerances & Gluten Free.

    Please ensure you list any allergies and intolerances clearly during the booking process, with notice we are able to offer gluten free meals and can accommodate most allergies. However, please note that due to the shared nature of the kitchens we cannot eliminate the possibility of cross contamination. If you have any questions then please contact the office.

    If you have further questions please view our FAQ’s page or email the main Large Outdoors office.

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What our members have to say...

  • “I didn’t really know what to expect on my first ever walking holiday and wasn’t very prepared if truth be known – lesson to all read the essential kit list especially waterproofs! It was great fun and what a lovely group of supportive and encouraging people, especially Gareth who did a great job looking after us all. I must admit at times I found it a bit challenging but what a great sense of achievement when we reached the top of the mountains (hills) I will definitely do this again.
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    Elizabeth
    Member Since 2016
  • My first Large Outdoors and (Ulster & the Giant's Causeway Walking Weekend) Irish experience was absolutely fantastic. Everything was organised perfectly and Gareth is a joy to be around. I loved every minute and will definitely book myself onto another trip. #toldallmyfriendstheyhavetocome
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    Vanessa
    Member Since 2018
  • Well, for a non-walker it was certainly challenging but my word was it exhilarating! The feeling of achievement after every day, was just fabulous. The group we went with were all strangers on day one, but firm friends by the end of the week. The comradery on some of the tougher walks, helped me to the top…..and wow what views. Anyone thinking of doing it - don’t worry….just go for it!
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    Claire
    Member Since 2016
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