A POPULAR seasonal shuttle bus will be back in service for visitors to the Shropshire Hills from May 27.

The Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Partnership is welcoming passengers on board the shuttle buses for a new season with a new route and simplified ticketing.

From May 27 to October 8, the service will run on routes around the Long Mynd and crossing the Stiperstones,every weekend, with a new timetable designed to fit closely to other weekend bus and train services. This allows visitors the flexibility to travel from Ludlow, Craven Arms, Bishop’s Castle, and Shrewsbury to catch the bus.


The new route, Round the Mynd, links with the existing route, the Cross Mynd Shuttle, and has been created in response to public demand for more access to villages and walks in the area, and will run once in the morning, starting at All Stretton just before 10am, with a circuit linking Carding Mill Valley, Church Stretton railway station and the communities south of Little Stretton around the bottom of the Mynd.

Once at Bridges, the bus takes its usual journey westwards passing the Bog, Stiperstones village, and Snailbeach Mine to terminate at Plox Green. From here the bus returns to Bridges and its route around the Mynd continues clockwise, but with a new link, as it drops down through Woolstaston to Leebotwood and the A49. The circuit terminates at Carding Mill Valley, but passengers wanting to return to the station can stay on board.

The Cross Mynd Shuttle will cross the Mynd in the early afternoon following the usual route via the Burway and Shooting Box to Bridges then on to the Bog and Snailbeach. It returns on the same route as Round the Mynd, linking to Leebotwood, The Pound Inn, and the 435 bus service.

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Passengers can stride out across the Long Mynd, explore the Golden Valley, hike along the Stiperstones ridge, or stroll along the easy access trail at the Bog.

Charges apply for all journeys, but the costs have been reduced. The service is cash only, but season tickets are available in advance.

More details about the service can be found on www.shropshirehillsaonb.co.uk