"Ludlow is probably the loveliest town in England" John Betjeman, 1943.
"Has there ever been a visitor to Ludlow who hasn’t wished they lived there?" Jeremy Paxman, 2009
Ludlow has something for everyone...
History enthusiasts can revel in its Castle, perfect Georgian streets and magnificent St Laurence Church.
Food lovers feast on the specialist food shops, delicatessens, local producers food centre and renowned farmers market, not to mention it being the capital of Britain's slow food movement. Renowned eateries, Michelin-starred restaurants and public houses make certain there is never a shortage of choice when it comes to dinner.
Shoppers can enjoy retail therapy in the many boutiques, antique shops, country attire stores and chocolate merchants that can be found around the picturesque town centre. Ludlow is proud of its unique town centre, largely free of generic chain store names, filled instead with independent shops and producers.
Just ten minutes from High Bank lies Leominster, a pretty market town and antique hunters paradise. Whether your preference is for classic furniture, fine china, retro kitchenalia, vintage art prints and books or period costumes there is something for everyone in the seemingly endless supply of antique shops, centres and warehouses that can be found from one end of Leominster to the other.
There is much to see also for the architecture enthusiast, the Priory Church of St Peter and St Paul and many examples of the area’s black and white buildings are well worth a visit.
Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
The South Shropshire area is a treasure trove of a landscape to enjoy. Containing a large designated area of outstanding natural beauty it is surprising that it is not more heavily trampled by visitors. But this unsung secret is part of what makes it so special.
There are so many great places to explore that it is hard to know where to start.
Dynamic natural environments can be found across the region including Stiperstones, Offa’s Dyke, Wenlock Edge, The Long Mynd.
Forests and Woodlands like Mortimer forest and Bringewood.
There are many great Castles in the area including, Stokesay, Clun and Ludlow. Not to mention the fascinating ruins of the Norman Castle right here in Richard’s Castle.
The landscape is so relentlessly beautiful in this area that there is great pleasure in simply driving from one place to another.