Looking for some free things to do during your Shropshire staycation this autumn? With the cost of living drastically continuing to rise, it’s important to save those pennies whereas we can. Keep reading and check out our guide of the best free things to do in Shropshire meadows. There is a small charge to enter the exhibition – however, the footpaths around the 30-acre meadows beside the river Onny are totally free to explore.

Hike Along the Stiperstones Ridge

The Stiperstones is a fantastic destination for some autumnal exploration. This distinctive, monumental landmark is truly a sight to behold, with its rugged outline visible from miles away. The area is jam-packed full of history and heritage, being one of the UK’s main lead sources back in the 1870s. The National Nature Reserve is home to a wide variety of fascinating wildlife, with the nearby Bog Visitor’s Centre making for the perfect pit stop.

Rediscover History at Mitchell’s Fold Stone Circle

The prehistoric Bronze Age Mitchell’s Fold Stone Circle was once home to around 30 stones; but today, only 15 are visible. Built sometime between 2000-1200BC, this prehistoric stone circle is the subject of many fascinating myths and legend. Sitting high in the Shropshire Hills along the Stapelet Hill ridge, Mitchell’s Fold offers panoramic views of the Stiperstones to the east and the Welsh hills to the west.

Step Back in Time at Montgomery Castle

Set upon a steep crag overlooking a picturesque Georgian town, Montgomery Castle is a true sight to behold. Commenced around the year 1223 following the orders of Henry III, the castle was built to replace a nearby wooden fort known as Hen Domen. The imposing ruins of this stone-built Norman castle retain a powerful sense of mystery and drama, making for a totally free historical day out.

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Discover Carding Mill Valley & The Long Mynd

If you’re searching for a relaxing autumnal walk, look no further than Carding Mill Valley & The Long Mynd! During the autumn, the rich heather-clad hills turn into a gorgeous rusty orange colour. Boasting far-reaching views across the Shropshire Hills and beyond, walkers, cyclers, and horse riders can enjoy a wide variety of paths and trails. Spend the day paddling in the stream, watching the beautiful birds, and hiking up the hills.

Wander the Medieval Market Town of Ludlow

Ludlow is a lovely medieval market town with an enviable reputation for its excellent food and drink. The town has a lively community feel, with a stunning 11th Century castle, overlooking the river Teme, at its core. Discover a fantastic range of independent cafés, bars, and shops during your visit, as well as the traditional market held every Monday, Friday, and Saturday. A must-see during your stay!

Admire the Picturesque Parkland at Quarry Park

The Quarry, Shrewsbury’s vast 29-acre parkland, is the perfect place to relax with a picnic or enjoy a gentle stroll along the river. The Dingle Garden sits at the heart of the park – this true floral masterpiece, curated by celebrated gardener Percy Thrower, boasts ornamental flowerbeds, lush green grassland, perfectly manicured lawns, pretty rock gardens, well-groomed shrub beds and charming water features.

Expand Your Horizons at the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre

The Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre is the ideal location to begin your exploration of this lovely area. Meet the woolly mammoth, experience the Shropshire Hills Through Time exhibition and explore the 30 acres of riverside.

Enjoy a Spot of Fly Fishing or Wild Swimming

Here at Moonrise Lodges, we have a private lake just 5 minutes’ walk away from Curlew and Swallow lodges. Spend quality time with your friends or family, whilst enjoying a spot of fly fishing, wild swimming, playing hide and seek in the trees, or bobbing around in the rowing boat. Perched on the edge of the lake is a rustic fishing lodge, featuring electric heaters, camping chairs and a camping stove. The ideal place to relax and unwind…

Amazing Autumn Staycations at Moonrise Lodges

Seeking the perfect spot for an autumnal staycation? Look no further than Moonrise Lodges! Our two luxury lodges are set on our family farm in the Shropshire Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Our lodges are filling up fast for the autumn season, with only the following dates still available:

  • Friday 2nd – Monday 5th September at Swallow Lodge
  • Monday 5th – Friday 9th September at Swallow Lodge
  • Friday 9th – Monday 12th September at Swallow Lodge
  • Monday 12th – Friday 16th September at Swallow Lodge
  • Friday 16th – Monday 19th September at Swallow Lodge
  • Monday 19th – Friday 23rd September at Swallow Lodge
  • Friday 23rd – Monday 26th September at Curlew Lodge
  • Monday 26th – Friday 30th September at Curlew Lodge

Click here to book your autumn break at Moonrise Lodges today!

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