Bridges Long Mynd Youth Hostel
Bridges Long Mynd Youth Hostel, Ratlinghope, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY5 0SP
This small hostel, once the old village school, is tucked away in the Shropshire hills with the Long Mynd to the east and Stiperstones to the west. It is an ideal spot for ramblers with the Shropshire Way passing close by and a great network of uncrowded paths to explore. Ideally situated for the End to End cycle route and plenty of mountain biking opportunities. The nearby small towns of Church Stretton, Ludlow, Much Wenlock, Bishops Castle and sleepy Montgomery are all worth a visit. There’s also the Acton Scott working farm museum and Snailbeach former lead mines close by. The hostel has a good kitchen, lounge with wood fire, books and games, a drying room, a food shop and a large garden. One en suite room has some facilities for the disabled, phone to discuss your requirements. Meals are available, camping is allowed and there is a pub nearby.This accommodation is featured on our map of Central England and Shropshire.
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38: 2×4 en suite, 1×6 or 8, 1×10, 1×12 plus camping
All year. Reception open 8-10 am & 5-10 pm. Hostel closes at 11pm.
Adults £19 one night, £16 two+ nights. Under 18’s £13 one night, £11.50 two+ nights. Camping £8.
Telephone to book. No credit or debit cards accepted. Cheques must be made payable to Bridges Youth Hostel not YHA.
From Church Stretton, take ‘The Burway’ road uphill. Take right fork at top of Long Mynd (this route is not advisable in bad winter weather). From Shrewsbury take road via Longden and Pulverbatch, then left by Bridges Pub.
Trains at Church Stretton (5 miles) with a shuttle bus to Bridges at weekends from April to September.
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…between two of Shropshire’s iconic hills…
Bridges Youth Hostel lies between two of Shropshire’s iconic hills: The Long Mynd and Stiperstones.
“Into my heart an air that kills
From yon far country blows
What are these blue remembered hills
What spires, what farms are those?”
A.E. Housemann wrote these words from A Shropshire Lad, and I too remember these blue remembered hills, although right now they’re purple. Ablaze with heather. Sometimes literally.
Childhood holidays based in Church Stretton were spent exploring the area. After a tough climb, The Long Mynd yields a satisfying long plateau, while to the west the rugged rocky ridges of The Stiperstones offer an altogether more vertiginous adventure. Down in the valley we dammed the stream of Carding Mill Valley with pebbles, probably to the annoyance of The National Trust!
I’m sorely tempted to book a room at Bridges, its an old-school hostel with dorm rooms and friendly communal areas, and spend a weekend re-exploring “Yon far country.”
Bridges Long Mynd Youth Hostel is a privately owned historic hostel near to an exceptional pub
Just around the Corner from YHA Bridges, a privately owned Youth Hostel, is the Bridges Pub. The snug bar at The Bridges Pub is a good place to relax over a pint. The beers come from the Three Tuns Brewery, the oldest working brewery in Britain.
This old YHA hostel, now independently owned, is still providing a traditional welcome to those who want to explore the Shropshire Hills