Shropshire & Powys

Shropshire & Powys

The borderlands between England and Wales whose distinctive geography has isolated this sparsely populated slice of land and created a unique identity.


The borderlands between England and Wales whose distinctive geography has isolated this sparsely populated slice of land and created a unique identity.

The borderland between England and Wales has a distinctive geography which has isolated this rural, sparsely populated slice of land and created a unique identity. “Anglo-Welshness” is a hybrid of town names from both countries. The region is a hidden delight: mountains and moorland, wooded river valleys, tiny villages, half-timbered buildings and castles all exist side by side. The region has long been an area of contention – the native Welsh refusing to gracefully submit to Norman control in the 11th century and thus the proliferation of magnificent medieval castles.


Monday - Morning departure from Dorset crossing the Severn Bridge and through the beautiful Wye Valley to Hereford for lunch. Continue to our hotel near Telford where dinner awaits.

Tuesday - Drive through Much Wenlock and follow a scenic drive along the 15 mile Wenlock Edge, to Church Stretton, sometimes called "Little Switzerland". Continue to Ludlow, still set around its original medieval street plan which contains nearly 500 listed buildings. After time for lunch we shall be joined by a member of the local History Society who will escort a walking tour around the town this afternoon - history, architecture and life in the town is spiced up with some gossip! A fascinating insight to an official "slow town" which avoids the hustle of modern life.

Wednesday - Shrewsbury is one of the most beautiful medieval towns packed with timber framed black and white buildings, narrow streets and alleyways. It has over 600 listed buildings including the castle and abbey. We have included a boat cruise on the River Severn that forms a great loop around the town - the skipper will point out the sights and tea & biscuits are included.

Thursday - Visit Oswestry, a town emerging from the mists of time into a landscape rich in folklore and history. The meeting of cultures sparks a certain creativity and the local crafts reflect this in the shops. After lunch continue deeper into the borderlands until we finally reach Welshpool "where Wales begins!" Visit Powis Castle, (c1200) perched high on a rock overlooking the beautiful terraced gardens - home of Clive of India.

Friday - Calling into the beautiful cathedral city of Worcester for lunch. Return to Dorset by early evening.

B, D

B=Breakfast, D=Dinner

Buckatree Hall Hotel, Telford

An impressive black and white building lovingly refurbished to today’s high standard. Bedrooms are tastefully furnished and provide private bathroom with hairdryer, digital TV, phone, iron/board, in-room safe, tea tray and free wifi. The Lakeside Restaurant overlooks the hotel gardens. Menus showcase fresh local ingredients to create a memorable dining experience. The hotel boasts a guests only hi-tec gym with complimentary towels and water provided. A lift serves all floors.


TOUR PRICE: £399.00 Per Person

Price includes: All coach travel, 4 nights hotel accommodation, half board meals, Ludlow guided walk, Entry to Powis Castle, River Severn boat cruise, VAT.


Single room supplement: £70.00

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Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Beaminster Area Convenient local point in Beaminster to be advised
Blandford Area Convenient local point in Blandford to be advised
Bournemouth Area Convenient point in Bournemouth to be advised
Branksome Area Convenient point in Branksome to be advised
Bridport Area Convenient local point in Bridport to be advised
Britannia Inn Britannia Inn, Fortuneswell, Portland
Charlestown The Alexandra Inn, Chickerell Road, Charlestown
Chickerell Bluebird Garage, Chickerell Road
Corfe Castle Convenient point in Corfe Castle to be advised
Courtlands Portland, Courtlands bus stop
Dorchester Top O'Town Car Park (by cafe), Dorchester
Easton Easton Square, Portland
Ferndown Area Convenient local point in Ferndown to be advised
Foords Corner Foords Corner bus stop, Wyke Regis
Jestys Avenue Bus stop end of Jestys Avenue on Littlemoor Road
Littlemead Broadwey, Littlemead bus stop (Swan Inn)
Lodmoor Hill Lodmoor Hill Bus Stop (near Post Office)
Lyme Regis Convenient local point in Lyme Regis to be advised
Lyndale bus stop Wyke Regis, Lyndale Bus Stop
Nottington Broadwey, Nottington Corner bus stop
Other Points in Dorset Phone us to discuss a convenient pick up.
Poole Area Convenient local point in Poole to be advised
Poundbury QMSE Poundbury Queen Mother Square
(Coach heading into Dorchester)
Radipole Spa Hotel bus stop, Radipole
Redlands Redlands, Opposite Garage
Ridgeway Bottom (DNU) DO NOT USE
Ringwood Area Convenient local point in Ringwood to be advised
Rodwell Rodwell Traffic Lights, Rodwell Rd/Rodwell Ave
Sgt Bunn St Bunn Bakery, Lanehouse Rocks Road
Sherborne Area Convenient local point in Sherborne to be advised
Southwell Portland, Southwell, Opposite Eight Kings Inn
St Edmunds Church St Edmunds Church, Lanehouse Rocks Road
St Johns Church Weymouth, St Johns Church, outside Dentist
St Nicholas Church St Nicholas Church, Buxton Road, Weymouth
Sturminster Newton Area Convenient point in Stur. Newton to be advised
Swanage Area Convenient local point in Swanage to be advised
To be advised To be advised - Approx. 2 weeks before travel
Upton Area Convenient local point in Upton to be advised
Value House Value House Car Park
Victoria Square Victoria Square bus stop, Portland
Wareham Area Convenient local point in Wareham to be advised
Westwey Road Westwey Rd, Magistrates Court, Weymouth
Weymouth Bluebird Weymouth, Outside Bluebird Office,
K1 bus stop
Wimborne Area Convenient local point in Wimborne to be advised
Wool Area Convenient local point in Wool to be advised
Wyke Smuggler Smugglers Inn, Wyke Regis
Yeovil Area Convenient local point in Yeovil to be advised
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