Take in the beauty of Shropshire Hills
The Shropshire Hills area was designated an Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1958, and the only question is why did it take so long? For centuries the region has been famed for its high hills, steep valleys, sweeping vistas and wildlife - particularly its birds, with buzzards, peregrines, red grouse, dippers and ring ouzels all in relative abundance.
Experience Shropshire's history
Stokesay Castle Near Craven Arms is a remarkably well preserved and unique fortified manor house from the late 13th century. Ludlow Castle in Ludlow, meanwhile, is a larger fortification overlooking the River Teme, and one of the first stone castles to be built in England. Both make for fascinating destinations throughout the year.
Just to the north of the AONB lies the county town of Shropshire, Shrewsbury. Packed with museums and art galleries, as well as plentiful cafes and restaurants, it's the perfect place to round off a trip to the stunning countryside.
Planning a trip to Shropshire Hills? Travelodge Ludlow Hotel to the south and Travelodge Shrewsbury Bayston Hill Hotel to the north are both well placed to visit the AONB. Travelodge Shrewsbury Battlefield Hotel is also convenient for Shrewsbury itself.