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Festivals and events 2014

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Why not time your holiday to coincide with one of the many special events, which take place in the area?

May 3 - 5

Clun Green Man Festival

May 10 - 11

Marches Transport Festival - Ludlow

May 9 - 11

Ludlow Spring Food Festival

May 24 - June 1

Hay Festival of Literature

June

Ludlow Secret Gardens

June 28

Bishops Castle Tandem Triathlon

June 29

Bishops Castle Stone Skimming championship

June 14 - July 6

Ludlow Festival

July 11 - 12

Bishops Castle Real Ale Festival

August 7

Burwarton Agricultural Show

August 2

Clun Carnival

August 10

Magnalonga - 7 mile walk through Ludlow countryside with food!

August 21 - 26

Presteigne Festival of Music and Arts

All summer

Acton Scott Working Farm Museum - demonstrations

September 6 - 15

H.Art - Herefordshire Artists's Studio open week

September 12 - 14

Ludlow Marches Food & Drink Festival

September 20 - 21

Bishop's Castle Michaelmas Fair

November 29 - 30

Ludlow Medieval Christmas Fair

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New Cycling Holidays

Farmhouse Cycle Tour
Week (6 days - 5 nights) Adult 475 Child 330
Our easiest week long cycle tour. It combines our two Farmhouse holidays to make a weeklong adventure. Staying two nights in Clun, one night in historic Ludlow and your last two nights in the Black and White Villages of Herefordshire. Lots of Castles, historic villages and two Grand National Trust houses to visit. All these places have lots of special events for children during the summer. Easy cycling (15-20 miles per day) Total 65 miles.

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Cycling and Canoeing Holidays
Short Breaks (3-4 days) from Adult 235 Child 170

An action packed holiday, combining a cycle tour through the Black & White Villages of Herefordshire. With a wonderful Canadian canoe trip down the River Wye. Paddle to Hay on Wye for lunch, then float downstream to The Boat Inn at Whitney on Wye, where you'll be collected and returned to the canoe base.

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Country House Cycle Tour
Week (5 days - 4 nights) Adults from 515 Child 420

We've been organising our Country House Cycle Escapes for a few years now . . . wonderful places to stay, with fantastic gardens, and grand (but comfortable) interiors. But this year we've been able to add a classic cycle tour . . . linking two country hotels, so that you can explore even more of this glorious border country in style.

Cycling holidays - Milebrook House

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New Walking Holidays

Walking holidays - Stokesay Castle

Wild Edric’s Way
Week long holiday (6 days - 5 nights) Adults 445 Child 310

Wild Edric’s Way takes in some of the finest Shropshire landscapes, beginning at Church Stretton and crossing the grouse moors of the Long Mynd and ending five days later in the medieval town of Ludlow.

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Cycling holiday on BBC Holiday programme  - Toyah Wilcox
Toyah Wilcox and the BBC Holiday Programme

BBC Holiday Programme
Toyah Wilcox and the film crew spent a day cycling with us around the Black and White Villages of Herefordshire - finishing off with tea at Dunkerton’s Cider Mill.

Enjoy England - Excellence in Tourism Awards
Our Cycling Holidays won the Silver Award for “Best Tourism Experience”. Our neighbours - The Ludlow Food Festival, won the Gold Award (a fantastic event held every September, see event dates above).

Enjoy England - Excellence in Tourism Silver Award 2007

Wheely Wonderful Cycling wins Gold!

The Heart of England Tourism Awards ceremonyWheely Wonderful Cycling has been awarded the Gold Award in the Best Tourism Web Site category at the Heart of England Excellence in England Awards - the 'Tourism Oscars'.

Hosted by BBC News Presenter Kay Alexander, the awards and gala dinner took place at Worcester Cathedral. Kay & Chris Dartnell were presented with the award from Sir William Lawrence OBE, Chairman of Heart of England Tourism - see picture.

The Heart of England Excellence in Tourism Awards recognise quality and celebrate the contribution that tourism businesses and their destinations make to the Heart of England region.

Excellence in Tourism awards
The Gold award for ‘Innovation in Tourism’, from the Heart of England Excellence in Tourism awards. We beat off all the competition with our new ‘
Wildlife Safaris'! In previous years we have won awards for Best Tourism Website - 2003 (we were particularly pleased about this - as we beat Alton Towers!) "Hospitality & Customer Care (2002) & Green Tourism Award (2001).

Sustrans and the National Cycle Network
Many of you know that one of the largest Millennium fund grants made by the Lottery was given to the fund the National Cycle Network - a project to provide a 10,000 mile network of cycle paths and traffic calmed roads throughout the UK. One of the first routes to be set up was the
Welsh National Cycle Route - the Lon Las Cymru. Sustrans has just been named as the most successful Millennium project in the UK. Click here to find out more about Sustrans.

Gift Vouchers
What do you give the person who has everything? A cycling or walking holiday of course. We can supply gift vouchers for a whole holiday or a contribution towards a holiday. All gift vouchers are individually made to suit your special occasion.

Cycling holiday - Cider OrchardsCider Makers in Herefordshire
Herefordshire is the largest producer of cider in the country. There’s lots of old-fashioned cider orchards & small cider producers in the area. Originally every farm brewed its own. Everyone thinks "Dunkerton's" organic cider & teashop on the Black & White tour is one of the best.

Food Guide for 2014
Ludlow has found fame as the place outside London with the most Michelin starred restaurants. The Stagg Inn at Titley is the first pub in Britain to receive a Michelin star (see the Mortimer Trail Walking Holiday).

Dixe Wills walked the complete trail, over 5 days, with Wheely Wonderful Cycling & Walking Holidays.

Walking the Wild Edric Way

In the first of a series on Britains' ancient forgotten paths, Dixe Wills walks in the footsteps of Shropshire's very own resistance fighter.


Dixe Wills
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Walking holiday on Wild Edric's Way - Clun Castle

Historic views.. the ruins of Clun Castle on the lands that Edric once roamed at the time of the Norman Conquest.
 


“Are you walking Wild Edric's Way?” I ask a group of tthree hikers who are helping a stray lamb back into a field.

“Wild who?” one of them replies.

“Wild Edric”, I persist. “You're walking on his way.”

“Sorry, never heard of him”.

And that, in a nutshell, is the tragedy of Edric the Wild. Shropshire's very own version of Hereward the Wake was once famous throughout the land as the scourge of the invading Normans but nowadays, much like the path that bears his mane, he is largely forgotten.

His path, however, has few rivals for sheer variety of scenery and while other long distance walks drag on for 200 miles or more, Wild Edric's Way takes the hiker on a roller coaster ride through the very best of Shropshire - over hills, up valleys, beside rivers, along ridges, across Britain's slopiest farmland, and through an Iron Age hill town via several how-come-I-don't-live-here-myself villages in a shade under 50 miles and still has time to take in a slice of Offa's Dyke. Furthermore, it starts and ends at towns' with railway stations, making getting there and back a simple affair for even the least logistically minded.

My girlfriend is a newcomer to the world of long distance hiking, so brightened considerably when I told her that we were tackling the path by just about the most luxurious method possible and that the furthest we would be required to walk in a single day was a mere 12 miles. My assurances were borne out when we were met at Church Stretton station by the friendly and efficient Chris from Wheely Wonderful Cycling and Walking, who took our rucksacks from us in exchange for some maps, a compass and detailed instructions regarding our accommodation and route (vital since Wild Edric 's Way is somewhat erratically signposted). The first day would be a gentle introduction: just six miles over the Long Mynd to the hamlet of Bridges.

If you like the Lake and Peak Districts but aren't so keen on crowds, The Long Mynd is for you. This magnificent seven- mile long former volcano hauls itself up from the valley to lord it over the neighbouring Wenlock Edge. And aside from a lone cyclist, some sheep and a few circling Red Kites, we had it all to ourselves.

Edric doubtless passed here as he went to sack Shrewsbury for the good of the nation. What he didn't know was that he would be spending a good deal more time a few miles to the west, where we found ourselves the next day. Stiperstones is a quartzite ridge ain a National Nature Reserve topped with arresting outcrops of stone with names like The Devil's Chair (when it disappears in to the mist, the Devil comes to sit on it) and Cranberry Rock (when it disappears into the mist, thats' all that happens). If ever a place could be said to have too much view, this is it - 360 degrees simply isn't enough to fit in the surrounding panorama of tree-topped hills, crooked valleys and super sized skies. This must be deeply frustrating for Edric because he and his followers have been imprisoned in the lead mines beneath Stiperstones for the last 900 years as punishment for eventually switching sides to fight with William the conqueror rather than against him.

Far below, the town of Bishop's Castle is a feast of tiny independent shops, ancient tumbledown houses from a number of all but forgotten eras, and two pubs (The Three Tuns and The Six Bells Kitchen) that still brew their own beer. It is England as it must once have been, yet miraculously remains devoid of tweeness. Indeed, the only disappointment is its eponymous castle, which is now reduced to a single wall.

After a night at the suitable venerable Old Brick Guesthouse, we set off for Clun replete with homemade bread and brownies and AE Housmans's poem ringing in our ears: “Clunton, Clunbury, Clungunford and Clun/Are the quietest places under the sun”.

To sample some of the quiet we must use two co-opted paths. The pre-historic Kerry Ridgeway takes us up into some unseasonal snow before we at last strike south along Offa's dyke, which would already have been a thing of some antiquity in Edric's time. The descent along the Cefns into Clun, whose ruined castle can be seen from several miles away, proves to be another exercise in synapse snapping vistas. The Domesday Book notes that Edric owned land here and it's tempting to believe that he lived at Llanhedric (“Edric's” church), a farm that still bears his name.

Appropriately for such a warrior, the last few miles of his footpath are marked by two more castles. The first, Stokesay, is Britain's best-preserved fortified manor. Entering it is like being wafted into a fairy tale. Ludlow Castle, on the other hand, is very much a castle's castle - all bristling keeps, imposing towers and daunting battlements.

However, even these fail to dominate the town they used to defend. Ludlow is its own place, with a style that is still awaiting the coming of the 19th century. It's no surprise to discover, on wandering its alleyways and quite hilltop streets, that it's the UK's first Cittaslow or “slow town”. And the most laid back place of all is also our final stop - The Feathers Hotel, with its effortlessly elegant Jacobean timber frontage, its four poster beds and, best of all according to my girlfriend, its private Jacuzzis in which to soak legs that have just completed their first long distance path. The fact that it's probably the easiest way of ever achieving such a milestone is lost in a whirl of bubbles.

Dixe Wills, Guardian.co.uk


Getting there

Wheely Wonderful Cycling +44(0) 1568 770755. Six days /five nights including accommodation, maps and luggage transport.

Trains from London to Newport with First Great Western. Newport to Church Stretton/Ludlow with Arriva Trains Wales.
 


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