We’re heading into one of my favourite times of the year here at Hopton House Bed and Breakfast in Shropshire. The trees are beginning to change colour and the nights are drawing in. But there are still lots of things to do in Shropshire this autumn and winter.
Hopton House B&B is perfectly situated to explore Shropshire, Herefordshire and Powys. Check availability and book securely online here.
It’s time to take long walks in the countryside, explore local market towns for unique Christmas gifts and then come back to a long bath and an evening in front of the fire at a local country pub. Take a look at my suggestion for 5 walks in the Shropshire Countryside blog post for some ideas.
Or, if you prefer not to go out in the evening, you can order one of our platters to enjoy in your room. Then spend an evening curled up on one of the sofas in the room, reading, knitting or just watching some TV.
There was a time when the countryside shut down over the winter, but not anymore. There are many fairs and events to enjoy. In fact far too many for me to blog about here. I’ve added a few to my Hopton House B&B Facebook Page here.
Hergest Croft Gardens
Hergest Croft Gardens are a 35 minutes drive south of us at Kington in Herefordshire. Our favourite drive down there weaves along the welsh border, via Knighton, with beautiful views to the West. And now is the perfect time to visit with the spectacular autumn colour. They are open daily from 12 to 17.30 until Sunday 3rd November. Dogs are welcome on leads.
To quote their website
“Hergest Croft Gardens extend over 28 ha (70 acres) with more than five thousand rare trees and shrubs. Described as “one of the finest collections of trees and shrubs in the British Isles”, the Gardens hold the UK National Collections of Maples, Birches and Zelkovas. The six distinct areas are Hergest Croft, the Azalea Garden, the Maple Grove, the Kitchen Garden, the Park and Park Wood”
Another must for the autumn months is Arley arboretum, which sits on the banks of the River Severn at Upper Arley, and is one of the oldest and most spectacular arboreta in the country. It’s about 55 minutes drive from Hopton House and dogs are welcome on lead. You could combine it with a day out on the Severn Valley railway, which has a stop at Arley. It’s open 10-5, Wednesday to Sunday until 3rd November.
NT Croft Castle
Croft Castle is one of our favourite places to visit with Saffy the dog. It’s just 25 minutes south of us. There’s lots of lovely walking in the parkland and woods, including a walk up to the top of an Iron Age Hill Fort, with magnificent views. There’s a lot of deciduous trees there so the autumn colours will soon be very special there.
They also run lots of events during the autumn and winter, including an Ancient Tree Walk om 19th and 20th October. This is a guided autumnal walk through the parkland. From the 16th November, the house will be decorated for a 1940’s Christmas. And on 7th and 8th December they are running Christmas wreath making workshops. More details of all their events here
Powis Castle is beautiful at any time of year, but the gardens take on a very special beauty in the autumn and winter months.
Dogs at Powis
Dogs aren’t allowed at Powis Castle in the summer months, but from October through to March they relax the rules. From October through to December, dogs are allowed in the gardens on Thursdays and Fridays, then every day from January through to March. So, this is an ideal time to visit if you like to come away with your four legged friend
Christmas at Powis
From 30th November you can step back in time and experience a 1940s Christmas.
From 6th – 22nd December on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 17.00-21.00, “explore the Formal Garden, Terraces, Orangery and Courtyard which will all be spectacularly lit in a rainbow of colours and glittering with festive cheer.”
If you have any more ideas for things to do in Shropshire this autumn please let me know! Check availability and book soon if you want to enjoy autumn at Hopton House B&B Shropshire.