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Uncover the history of the English/Welsh Marches on a rewarding self-guided hotel-to-hotel walk, with luggage transported, from picturesque Bishop’s Castle to the historic market town of Ludlow via pretty Clun and magnificent Stokesay Castle.


From £415 per person based on two people sharing

Duration: 4 nights, 3 days
Departures: Various departures from March-October
Start point: Bishop's Castle
End point: Bromfield, near Ludlow

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Walking in the Shropshire Marches

In the heart of the border Marches, Shropshire is an archetypal English county of great historical importance, from the Saxon hillforts and Norman castles built to defend against Welsh incursion, to the rolling hills and winding river valleys that provided the background to the Industrial Revolution. Leaving historic Bishop's Castle, this walk follows ancient drovers’ trails along the ridgeways, or 'cefns' of the border, linking in with sections of the Shropshire Way and Offa’s Dyke as you make your way towards the historic market town of Ludlow. You pass through charming unspoiled villages, explore castles and hillforts, and wander across common pastureland that has not been ploughed for centuries. You stay at one small inn and a country hotel. Both stays are on a bed and breakfast basis, leaving you free to take your pick of the inns and restaurants in the village or town.

Country Inn, Bishop's Castle

This former eighteenth century coaching inn boasts a lovely garden and terrace to the rear which affords far-reaching views of the Shropshire countryside. The three bars, serving good food and a fine selection of real ales, are warm and welcoming, just as country inns should be. Games like shove ha'penny and bar billiards are still played competitively here.

The Clive, Bromfield

Formerly a Georgian farmhouse, this stylish restaurant with rooms is situated on the edge of Ludlow. The interior is a sympathetic blend of traditional and contemporary design, the main building retaining some original features in the bar and lounge alongside a more minimal approach in the restaurant areas. The bedrooms are located in period outbuildings, tastefully converted to provide contemporary accommodation.

What our customers say:

Mr & Mrs Nason of France
The highlight was the scenery (when the sun shone and the rain-frost-fog stopped!) Shropshire was absolutely beautiful. Thank you for another lovely Inntravel holiday!

Mr Acton of London
The Castle Hotel in Bishop's Castle seemed particularly unspoilt, with friendly staff, excellent dining.

Mrs J Tumelty of Bury
Fabulous rolling countryside and lovely walks with spectacular views and no people.

For more reviews of this trip, see: Reviews of Castles of the Shropshire Marches Walk

What price includes

  • one inn, one country hotel
  • Detailed route notes and maps
  • Transfer from Stokesay Castle to Bromfield on day 2
  • Taxi from and back to railway station
  • Discover romantic ruins and rich heritage
  • 4 breakfasts, 1 picnic



Plan your journey by train

Meeting point:
Country inn in Bishop's Castle

Nearest train station to meeting point:
Craven Arms Railway Station

Transfer to meeting point:
Operator collects guests from station

Plan your journey by train to Craven Arms

Plan your journey by train

Finish point:
Country hotel in Bromfield near Ludlow

Nearest train station to finish point:
Craven Arms Railway Station

Transfer to finish point:
Operator drops guests off at station

Plan your return train journey from Craven Arms Rail Station