Walkers, Runners & Cyclists Welcome
The Shropshire Hills provide some of the best walking, running and cycling holidays in the UK. Indeed, Nest’s location of Picklescott was awarded The Times No. 1 Winter Walk of 2018!
The Nest holiday cottages are nestled in the foothills of Shropshire’s famous Long Mynd (Long Mountain), a magnificent expanse of heather-covered heathland and hills with abundant wildlife and myriad walking, cycling and horse riding routes for all abilities available right from your Nest holiday cottage door. The National Trust-maintained Long Mynd adjoins the spectacular Carding Mill Valley, with its waterfall, wild-swimming reservoir and meandering stream drawing many visitors for its natural beauty and excellent tea room.
Church Stretton — known as Little Switzerland and just 4 miles from the Nest holiday lets — is an official Walkers are Welcome town, and many walks start and end in and around the town. Particular highlights mid- or aprés-walk are The Ragleth Inn and Green Dragon Inn at Little Stretton, cosy hostelries with good ales and great food.
The same attractions that draw walkers also draw road and fell runners. The rolling countryside ensures no two runs are the same, and with road or cross-country routes for all skill levels and the ability to lace up your running shoes and run straight from your holiday cottage door, Nest is the perfect accommodation for running holidays.
Mountain biking is another particular strength of the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Eastridge is a world famous spot popular with mountain bikers, with pulse-racing forest trails and downhill routes. South of and near Eastridge the Shropshire Hills merge into The Stiperstones Nature Reserve, a quartzite ridge of challenging terrain steeped in myth and folklore. South-east of The Stiperstones is the adjoining Long Mynd, location of the Nest holiday lets and a range of hills known for their breathtaking ascents, descents and views. And for the particularly energetic or as part of a multi-day mountain biking tour, from the Long Mynd cycle through Church Stretton to The Lawley, Caer Caradoc and onwards to the geologically unique Wenlock Edge.
With Church Stretton being known as Little Switzerland, it’s no surprise road cycling is also a very popular pursuit in the Shropshire Hills. From your Nest cottage door you can begin your Tour De Shropshire, heading up the Long Mynd’s meandering routes of well maintained asphalt and further into the jaw-dropping scenery of the Shropshire Hills AONB. With hills for the beginner and hills for the pro, miles upon miles of traffic-free country lanes and some of the best watering holes known to humankind, road cycling holidays need not happen anywhere else.
Nest Holiday Hideaway provides bike storage and comfortable, luxurious holiday cottages from which to enjoy your walking or cycling breaks, exploring the Shropshire Hills and beyond by foot or bike. Choose your holiday cottage today.