Welcome Walkers and Cyclists
Clun is one of the border ‘towns’ of the Welsh Marches, lying to the south west of this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Clun is a 'Walkers are Welcome' town. You will find clearly marked footpaths and an assured welcome at our pubs and cafes; information to help you plan your walk is easily available.
Clun Castle- the remains of a Norman motte and bailey, Hopton Castle-site of a civil war massacre, Offa’s Dyke, the great 8th century earthwork built by King Offa of Mercia as a demarcation between Wales and England and many well preserved Iron- Age hill forts are all easily reached on foot from The Old Farmhouse. Bury Ditches is the best known but Caer Caradoc above Chapel Lawn has recently become access land; this little known hill fort has spectacular views down the red lake valley to the Brecon Hills.
The Shropshire Way and Offa's Dyke can be reached easily from here. Clun is situated on the most imposing stretches of these long distance footpaths.
There are 1,257 km of footpaths, 448km of bridleways, and 97km of byways and unclassified roads within the AONB.
The Old Farmhouse is on the Lands End to John O Groats Cycle route. Safe overnight storage for cycles and use of tumble dryer for any wet gear.
IF YOU REQUIRE BAGS TO BE MOVED OR WANT A LIFT DOWN TO THE PUB AFTER A DAYS WALKING OR CYCLING, WE ARE HAPPY TO HELP.
Clun is a Walkers are Welcome Town
For information for walkers including excellent walk guides visit www.clun.info
The Castle Connect Shuttle Bus operates from April; it links Bishop's
Castle and Clun with Ludlow via Bucknell, Brampton Bryan, Leintwardine
and Bromfield. Go to the following link for full information and
timetable. Walks using this bus will be published shortly. Do
Here are a walks you can download:
The Shropshire Way
download Route 2 Bishop's Castle to Clun
download Route 3 Clun to Craven Arms
download Route 5 Plowden to Clun
download Route 6 Clun to Llanfairwaterdine
Walking With Offa Project
• WWO(7) - Ancient hill forts and woodland of Bury Ditches - A moderate six mile walk from Clun to Bury Ditches. - download leaflet (PDF)
• WWO(8) - Border country and a taste of Offa’s Dyke - A four mile walk around the lower slopes of Graig Hill from The Crown at Newcastle on Clun. - download leaflet (PDF)
Walking with Offa 2014. The Guided Walks have now finished but there is some real good info and walks to download on the websites:
CLUN VALLEY IMAGES
The Clun Valley-and horse mushroom ring –viewed from Clunbury Hill.
Whether you want an easy 1-3 mile amble, a 4-6 mile hill walk or the challenge of a full day’s hill walking, we will help you to plan your route. Tell us what you are interested in, whether it is history, geology, flora and fauna or spectacular hill top views. Depending on the weather and how long you wish to walk for we will help you to plan your circular walk from The Old Farmhouse. We’ll set you on the road with a packed lunch or recommendations about where to stop for refreshments.
Lambs seen from Offa’s Dyke.
Black Hill, just above Woodside.
If you prefer to start your walk from further afield we can advise on how to plan your walk and where to park. We have a selection of ordnance survey maps and books with local walks for guest use.
Although the Shropshire Hills is sheep country, most local farmers will not object to well behaved dogs on public footpaths. See ‘A Dog Walkers Guide’ by Judy Smith for more information about Shropshire walks suitable for walkers with dogs.
Nearby Bishop’s Castle holds an annual walking festival in June.
For more information about walking in Shropshire visit www.shropshirewalking.co.uk
There is also a laminated information card with top tips for walkers in the information folder in our guest rooms.
For phone applications for view rangers visit www.viewranger.com
For those who like more extreme sports there is mountain biking at nearby Hopton Hill, gliding on the Longmynd and paragliding on Corndon Hill. The quiet roads of the Shropshire Hills are ideal for cycling; Clun is on the Land’s End to John O’ Groat’s Cycle route.
Woodland path looking down on to Chapel Lawn.
Caer Caradoc, Chapel Lawn seen from Hopton Hill.