ON THE DOORSTEP
Clun - 5 miles Set in the heart of the Clun Valley an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with the River Clun itself an SSSI running through it. Visit the Castle ruins for a taste of what medieval Clun was like. Today, you’ll find several small independent shops including a supermarket and post office, butchers, hairdressers, lively pubs, cafes, restaurants, books and gift shops. Bring your boots and you can join one of the several groups that organise weekly guided walks around the locality. During May thousands descend on the town as it stages it’s famous ‘Green Man’ Festival.
Clun Castle – 5 miles. A 13th century keep is set on the side of its mound. Founded shortly after the Norman Conquest, the castle and nearby settlement prospered until the early 15th century, when followers of the Welsh chieftain Owain Glyn Dwr devastated the surrounding area.
Bishops Castle - 5 miles Interesting range of small shops including cafe’s, hand made furniture, arts and craft, books, ceramics and antiques. There are three small supermarkets, a pharmacy, HSBC bank and post office. There is also a doctor’s surgery and several beauty salons. You’ll find a cycle shop for repairs or hire and a large sports centre with an indoor swimming pool and cinema. Local produce and craft markets take place regularly in the Town Hall. It has two microbreweries open to the public one of which established in 1642 is the oldest in Britain. The music scene is vibrant and people come from far and wide to sample the real ale brewed here. There are many fetes and festivals held here throughout the year.
Bury Ditches - 8 miles One of the best-preserved hill forts in Britain, dating from about 500BC.
Kerry Vale Vineyard Pentreheyling - 8 miles Kerry Vale Vineyard is a small, family run, English vineyard situated on the Welsh/English border of rural Shropshire. Planted in 2010 and covering six acres of farmland, on what was the Roman Fort of Pentrheyling, the vineyard resides at the eastern tip of the Vale of Kerry, an area of exceptional beauty just 3 miles south of the charming town of Montgomery. Wine tasting is highly recommended, especially their Shropshire Lady, which is a Gold Award winning wine.
The Spaceguard Centre Knighton - 10 miles Is a charity based observatory established in a dark sky area that scans space for near earth objects (NEO’s). Conducted tours of approx 1.5 hrs Weds - Sun please check the website for times. Visits can be also be arranged during evenings and can last longer if the skies are clear.
Offa’s Dyke centre – 10 miles The Centre, opened in 1999, forms the focus for activities based on the 8th Century earthwork built by Offa, the King of Mercia. The dyke follows the Welsh English border from the hills above Prestatyn to the Severn Estuary near Chepstow.