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A hotelier's perspective

Hoteliers, Henry and Rebecca in Bishop's Castle, ShropshireNew to our UK short break programme this year is a delightful walk through the rolling green landscapes of Shropshire, with time to investigate this quintessentially English county’s colourful history and to enjoy tasty regional cuisine along the way. Culminating in a relaxed exploration of historic Ludlow, our Castles of the Shropshire Marches walk begins in the quirky little town of Bishop’s Castle.

Here, I met up with hoteliers, Henry and Rebecca (right), who told me how they’d come to be in such a beautiful part of the country and how they became involved with Inntravel.

We are both originally from Oswestry in the north of the county,” says Henry, “just up the road, so we know the area well. This hotel is our first place together so it’s a big step for us, but we didn’t enter into this game completely unprepared. I was brought up in a hotel not too far from here and grew up cooking from a young age, while Rebecca has worked as a restaurant manager and in the hospitality industry all round the world. For the last few years we were living and working in Manchester, but increasingly came to miss the country air - and so packed our bags and moved to this lovely little town.”

Bishop’s Castle is situated in the heart of the south Shropshire hills and is a wonderful area for walking. From the more famous long-distance walks to the hundreds of miles of public footpaths that crisscross the countryside, there are walks here to suit all levels of fitness. Here at Inntravel, we’re always looking to expand our UK walking portfolio and Shropshire was one place that kept cropping up in our deliberations. We knew it wouldn’t be long before we had to go and investigate.

Half-timbered buildings, Bishop's Castle, ShropshireWhen Inntravel came knocking on our door, looking for somewhere to start the ‘Castles of the Shropshire Marches’ walking holiday”, recalls Rebecca, “we were only too delighted to be considered. We’ve long known that this is wonderful walking country, what with the South Shropshire Way running right through the town; Offa’s Dyke and the Kerry Ridgeway nearby, and quick access to the Long Mynd and Stiperstones. I suppose this is why the town hosts its annual walking festival every June, run by experienced volunteers who take people on guided ‘walks through history’, featuring Stone Age remains, Bronze and Iron Age forts and Norman castles - as well as our wonderful countryside. From what we knew about Inntravel, we felt we fitted the bill perfectly - and thankfully you agreed.”

If you have any suggestions as to where you’d like to see a walking holiday in the UK, let us know - and we’ll see what we can do...

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