Clun & the Clun Valley
all within the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Beauty
The small town of Clun is the largest of the settlements along the valley from where the river rises high in the Clun Forest on the Montgomeryshire border to where it meets the River Teme at Leintwardine. The impressive Norman castle is on the bend of the river and downstream is the ancient packhorse bridge which is the only river crossing.
Historically a thriving commercial centre, Clun is now a town of tradition and tranquility, quieter and more picturesque than Bishop’s Castle, six miles away. But it still offers a wide range of shops and services. There are pubs, newsagents, cafes, butchers, general stores, antique shops, galleries, a garage, B&BS, self-catering accommodation, camping, caravan sites and a youth hostel based in the old mill.
Click here for the Clun Town Guide and here for the Clun Heritage Trail (pdf documents)
Newcastle-on-Clun at the western end of the Clun Valley has a rich history with ancient sites and a substantial stretch of the Offa's Dyke crossing the parish from north to south. The Crown Inn, which offers accommodation, is at its centre.
Clunton is on the B4368 and near the centre is The Crown Inn, a traditional country pub owned since 1994 by a group of locals, and St. Mary's Church. The nearby Clunton Coppice over Clunton Bridge is a surviving piece of sessile oak woodland, owned by Shropshire Wildlife Trust, which was managed for charcoal production and has rare fungi. http://theparishpost.org
The hamlets of Purslow, with the 17th century Hundred House Inn, formerly a court house, and Little Brampton are the next settlements along the river before turning south off the B road to
Clunbury, a small village on the river with a primary school and village hall.
Aston-on-Clun, north of the river, has a famous festival on the last Sunday in May when the black poplar tree at its centre is decorated with flags and a wedding pageant is held - www.arbordayuk.co.uk. The Kangaroo Inn is opposite the tree and there is a village shop.
Clungunford, the last of the Clun villages, is to the south and the river runs through the village. It has a village hall, St. Cuthbert’s Church and the Rocke Cottage Tea Rooms.
Click here for “Where to Stay” in the Clun area and here for “Where to eat and What to Do”.
Click here for Visitors Guide to Clun Forest Churches
Chapel Lawn in the Redlake Valley www.chapellawn.freeserve.co.uk/village.htm
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