Kinlet Hall is a mile from the road, set in tranquil and undisturbed Shropshire countryside. The area is ideal for walking, cycling and touring. Despite its remote location, Kinlet is within easy distance of delightful local towns, and numerous visitor attractions.
Kinlet lies just east of the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, an area that encompasses the Clee Hills, Wenlock Edge, Wrekin, Long Mynd, Stiperstones and Clun Forest, extending towards Wales and Offa's Dyke.
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The village of Kinlet lies just a few miles from the River Severn, between the ancient market towns of Bridgnorth and Bewdley. To the west is Cleobury Mortimer, and, beyond, Ludlow, famed for its castle, heritage and fine food.
Travel a little further north and you come to the Ironbridge Gorge (22 miles), birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. Ironbridge is a World Heritage Site, and the numerous museums within the gorge provide a fascinating day out, with plenty to amuse and inspire the whole family.
To the east lies Birmingham, England's second city. Development of the centre has transformed it into a thriving commercial centre, with the world-famous Bullring, and recently opened New Street shopping centre. There is also the International Convention Centre, Town Hall and Symphony Hall, National Indoor Arena, and theatres.
To the north is the county town of Shrewsbury, another town rich in history.
The gently rolling countryside of south Shropshire is as beautiful as any you will find in England, and Kinlet Hall is perfectly placed for enjoying this beauty, by foot, bicycle, car or train*.
The area is littered with footpaths and bridleways – and there are delightful walks, short and more bracing, that you can take from the Hall itself. We will be happy to show you our favourites.
A little further afield are the Wyre Forest and Clee Hills. The Wyre Forest is one of the largest areas of semi-natural woodland in the UK. As well as a dedicated visitor centre at Callow Hill, there are numerous way-marked trails and paths through the Forest. The Titterstone and Brown Clee Hills are the highest hills in Shropshire. Steeped in mining and quarrying history, they offer fantastic views in all directions: on a fine day you can see Snowdon and Cader Idris in north Wales, the Peak District to the north, the Cotswolds to the south east and Brecon Beacons to the south west.
The Malvern Hills lie just an hour to the south.
Kinlet is an ideal starting – and ending – place for all sorts of excursions, not least cycling. We are just a mile or so from National Cycle Route 45, which runs from Chester to Salisbury, also known as the Mercian Way. In our neck of the woods the Route passes through the Wyre Forest, then crosses the River Severn at the picturesque village of Arley. The Route returns to the river at the Severn Valley Country Park, then follows the course of the river to Hampton Loade, at the same time running alongside the Severn Valley Railway.
The Severn Valley Railway plies steam trains from Kidderminster to Bridgnorth along the banks of the River Severn. You can catch the train from either end, or from one of the nearer stations at Bewdley, Arley, Highley or Hampton Loade. It's a beautiful journey, and a great way of relieving the stresses and strains of modern life. Thoroughly recommended!
You might even be lucky enough to travel behind the steam engine which bears our name: the "Kinlet Hall", GWR 4900 Class locomotive, was built in 1929, one of the "Hall Class" locos, and over her 34-year mainline career ran over 1.3 million miles. Sent for scrap in 1964, she was eventually bought and restored, and now is a resident engine on the West Somerset Railway, from where she makes occasional visits to the Severn Valley Railway.
Despite being in rural Shropshire, there is still plenty to do in the area.
Just round the corner from us is Rays Farm Country Matters, a family-run farm attraction with a host of interesting animals, woodland walks and children's activities. Further afield is Acton Scott Historic Working Farm.
If you're looking for a physical challenge, try Go Ape in the Wyre Forest.
National Trust members will want to visit Dudmaston Hall (15 miles), Benthall Hall (19 miles), and Wightwick Manor (21 miles). There are also English Heritage sites nearby, including the spectacular ruins of Witley Court (14 miles), Wenlock Priory (17 miles), Buildwas Abbey (20 miles), and Stokesay Castle (23 miles). Wroxeter Roman City (24 miles) was, at one time, the fourth largest Roman settlement in Britain. The Celtic name, Viroconium, gives its name to the nearby Wrekin Hill.
Hampton Court Castle and Gardens (27 miles) in Herefordshire makes for a lovely day out.
At Craven Arms (23 miles) is the award-winning Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre, where you can learn about the wonders of the Shropshire Hills landscape and history – and meet a woolly mammoth!
Kinlet lies to the west of the River Severn, which acts as something of a barrier to the industrialised areas towards Birmingham. If you're interested in our industrial heritage, as well as the Ironbridge Gorge there is also the Black Country Living Museum in Dudley (24 miles); and if it's chocolate you're after... visit Cadbury World in Birmingham (26 miles).