What To Do

Walking

Shropshire is a wonderful county to explore on foot, a quarter of the county is designated as the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, so our long distance routes run through some of the most beautiful and varied landscapes you will find anywhere in Britain.

From the wild borderland hills traversed by Offa's Dyke to the wonderful long distance circular walk known as The Shropshire Way that shows you Shropshire's geological roots. Its historical importance as a borderland and the heart of Britain's Industrial Revolution, all of which have formed the County's character to make it "Uniquely Shropshire". Newcastle is located at the midpoint on the “Offa's Dyke Path”, making it a great place to stop for an overnight stay, especially as it breaks up the gruelling 15 mile "Knighton to Brompton" section known as the ‘Switchbacks’. This section is generally reckoned to be the most spectacular but toughest part of the trail as there are a large number of steep rises and falls as the path winds through the beautiful Shropshire Hills, however the views and sense of tranquillity make the effort well worthwhile.

Walking opportunities are in abundance in the area, long distance walks such as Offas Dyke, the Shropshire Way, Glyndwr's Way, Jack Mytton Way and the Kerry Ridgeway as well as many short walks are on the doorstep, or within easy driving distance are the Longmynd & the Stiperstones. If you wish to travel a little further, Snowdonia or the Brecon Beacons could be just the ticket.

Also on The Crown's doorstep, lies two contrasting Nature Reserves "Rhos Fiddle" and "Clunton Coppice". To the west is "Rhos Fiddle" a beautiful natural upland Moorland of some 70 acres and bog on a shale base that was formed over 400 million years ago, designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest. To the east lies "Clunton Coppice", all season woodland that is dominated by sessile oak. The variety of habitats supports a diversity of species including hare, curlew, snipe, short-eared owl and mountain pansy.

Cycling

The roads and lanes in South Shropshire are a cyclist's paradise. Cycling is one of the best ways to soak up the unspoilt landscapes along quiet lanes and country roads. A wide selection routes catering for all ages and levels of fitness are available.

We offer a lockable bike store, water point for washing bicycles, boots and outdoor clothing & clothes drying facilities.

Cycles are available for hire at Wheely Wonderful Cycling on 01568 770755 who are based near Leintwardine.

Bikers Welcome

This district on the Welsh borders offers a unique opportunity to enjoy some of the best of country B-roads and back-roads that allows you to experience motorcycling as it used to be.

Ride in the unspoilt beauty of the open countryside - winding rural roads and unrivalled scenery, motor cycling pleasure away from the stresses of busy roads and cities.

With a campsite just around the corner, the Crown makes an ideal meeting place for motorcycle club ride-outs and rallies.

The Crown has parking for approx 35/40 bikes.

Horse Riding

Blue Remembered Hills

A beautiful 38 mile circular route around the Clun valley in the Shropshire Hills. It is equally suitable for use by walkers, cyclists and horse-riders with over 5600ft of ascent taking in stunning panoramic views, wooded valleys, secret cwms and traditional stone farmhouses nestling on the valley sides.

The Jack Mytton Way

Shropshire's long distance bridleway (for use by those on foot, bicycle and horseback). Over 100 miles of rural bridleways and quiet country lanes, this trail takes you through some of Shropshire's most beautiful and unspoilt countryside, compiled in conjunction with the British Horse Society. The Jack Mytton Way logo (horse and horseshoe) denotes the route.

The Kerry Ridgeway

The Kerry Ridgeway is a linear route which, in the main, follows either roads, unclasssified county roads or Byways from Bishop’s Castle running along the border and into Wales. The route is available for those on foot, bicycle and horseback.

Fishing

Whether you prefer your waters to be still or fast flowing, your fishing coarse or game, Shropshire’s stillwaters and rivers provide an ideal venue. With more than 10 stillwater game fisheries offering brown and rainbow trout & carp, and miles of canals, several Meres and the Rivers Severn, Perry, Tern and Teme you won't be short of a choice of venue.

Located within easy driving distance of the Crown are Walcot Lakes, Onny Vale Fishery, Parkes’ Pool and Merrington Carp Fishery, giving you the opportunity to fish for Carp, Tench and Bream to name just a few. With so many pools, rivers, streams and canals to choose from you may need to make a weekend of it.

For more information, please contact Ludlow Tackle on 01584 875886.

Golfing

Few golfing enthusiasts come to Shropshire without fitting in some golf, and when you play on the highly regarded Shropshire golf courses it is easy to see why.

Shropshire has over 30 golfing venues including, Three championship courses, 18 hole parkland courses, 18 hole hillside courses, 9 hole courses & gold driving ranges.

For more information about courses in the area, please visit www.golftoday.co.uk