Walking is the big draw here. The tourist office has maps and details of local mountain-biking circuits and horse-riding stables. Information on activities is also available at www.shropshiresgreatoutdoors.co.uk.

Long Mynd

Church Stretton clings to the steeply sloping sides of the Long Mynd, Shropshire's most famous hill, which rises to 517m. Dubbed 'Little Switzerland' by the Victorians, this desolate but dramatic bluff is girdled by walking trails that offer soaring views over the surrounding countryside. Most people start walking from the National Trust car park (per day £4.50) at the end of the Carding Mill Valley (www.nationaltrust.org.uk), half a mile west of Shrewsbury Rd. A small tearoom here provides refreshments.

A maze of single-track roads climbs over the Long Mynd to the adjacent ridge of Stiperstones, crowned by a line of spooky-looking crags. You can continue right over the ridge, passing the Bog tourist office and cafe in a Victorian-era school next to the ruins of an abandoned mining village, heading to the village of Snailbeach, with its intriguing mining relics.

Bus 552 from Stiperstones serves Snailbeach (£1.70, five minutes, seven daily Monday to Friday, five Saturday) and continues to Shrewsbury (£3.80, 40 minutes). Shropshire Hills Shuttles serves the area on summer weekends.