• Ludlow is a medieval town with some beautiful scenery and buildings, like the half-timbered houses that line the high street. The town centre may be historic, but the amenities are very much up to date, with lots of boutiques and shops, not to mention the restaurants that make the town a gastronome’s delight. Come to Ludlow and the first thing you’ll see is Ludlow Castle. Positioned high above the River Teme, the castle is a fascinating amalgamation of different architectural styles. It’s open to the public throughout the year and also hosts events such as Ludlow Food and Drink Festival.
• Anyone who has read A. E. Housman’s A Shropshire Lad will recognise the name Clun. This peaceful village is a rural gem that sits on the Clun River. Spend a lovely, relaxing day strolling up to Clun Castle to enjoy a picnic. The National Trust’s Croft Castle is a castle surrounded by historic woodland and a working farm. You can explore the castle itself or sign up to a guided tour around the attics and the cellars. The parkland is worth exploring too – there are lots of ancient trees, bird hides and an Iron Age hill fort to discover.