The pretty market town of Clun lies within the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, on the banks of the River Clun. Described by poet A.E Housman as “one of the quietest places under the sun”, it is the smallest town in Shropshire, and the only town in the county which has never had a railway station. Surrounded by tranquil farmland, woods and valleys, Clun holiday cottages provide an idyllic base from which to discover this spectacular region. In and around Church Street, the Square, High Street and Bridge Street, there are a variety of family-run businesses, including two butchers, an antiques store and a grocery where fresh produce can be bought.
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The Sun Inn and the White Horse are both welcoming pubs, serving good food and local ales. Along the banks of the river, kingfishers, dippers and even otters can be spotted. Many scenic walks can be enjoyed in the countryside around Clun holiday cottages, where you can often walk for miles without seeing another soul. The Jack Mytton Way and the Shropshire Way both pass through the town, and Offa’s Dyke and Offa’s Way are nearby. Perched on a hillside just outside the town, the 12th century ruins of Clun Castle are not to be missed on self-catering holidays in Clun.
Other landmarks to look out for include Clun Bridge, which crosses the river in the town centre, and dates from 1450. St George’s Church stands on Church Street, which rises steeply away from the town. In the Town Hall, there is an excellent museum where the community’s centuries of history as a centre for the wool trade can be delved into. If you are staying in a Clun holiday cottage during the first May bank holiday, don’t miss the Green Man Festival, when the Green Man battles the spirit of winter.