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Culmington is a small village, and we residents like it like that! We're small minded, narrow of focus, tightly knit and a bit agricultural! Not to mention being exceedingly protective of what we have here. A short while ago we had a few tourists - and they returned to live here!
Well, we can't be having too much of that. Aye, we'd soon be overrun wi' folk.
To this end therefore, we suggest you do not visit our ancient motte and bailey castle, nor our 11th century church - albeit recently modernised in the 14th century. Our pub you will never find anyway but The Sun is an exceedingly pleasant stroll entirely across the fields from here (see Walks menu). Take the dog too.
If you are really determined to come and see us we would point out that our hotels are non-existent. Our airport tends to be a tad grassy but does get used occasionally by stray balloonists and distressed hang gliders. Our historic village motorway network was primarily designed for horse-pulled vehicles. Consequently congestion, mud-flinging and confrontation tends to be the norm!
Of course, like most centres of civilisation, we do boast a small camp site. However, please be aware, when we see campers arriving we do nip out to wash our cars and clean our windows. This ensures we are presentable, and is nothing to do with trying to influence your weather !
We also have a few B&B places. Hopefully you will find these advertised within our own web pages shortly. However, we have no shops, no car parks, and no ice cream parlours. We do have a letterbox hidden in a wall and a working (for the time being!) public telephone inside a nice red box.
So, do not come to Culmington - you may like both the village and its people far too much! You are far better touring some of our other nearby attractions.
We like our village to be quiet and sleepy so we suggest you start with the furthest away tourist activity. The bonus for you is that it is free. "What's free these days?" you might ask.
Our wonderful countryside. Did you know that when you get into South Shropshire you are in a designated area of outstanding natural beauty. So, where better to start than with the Long Mynd where you can walk (or ride horseback, or go fell running) in such locations as, Wild Moor, Boiling Well, and Gogbatch amongst many parts. You can also top-out on numerous tumuli.
Then, you can stroll onto The Stiperstones. It is another fantastic bit of hillside much loved by wanderers. From the top, should you feel the need, you can then drop down and visit The Bog!!!
We have a special "Shuttle" bus service that gets you around all of these outstanding areas - as well as elsewhere. Useful if you find your car is parked on the far side.
All of these walkers' attractions assume you have previously wandered along our own myriad footpaths surrounding our own little village. There are an amazing number of them. All lovely in their own right not to mention radiating away from Culmington's peaceful, lethargic way of life.
We are also just a short drive away from many well known towns such as Church Stretton, Much Wenlock, Bridgnorth, Ironbridge, Shrewsbury and our most famous - Ludlow. Do them all ! They are all cheap to visit but you may be tempted to spend something in the many visitor attractions each place has. However, note that all the aforementioned will give you a stroll around history and can be enjoyed just for that. Try it.
Flounders Folly is inexpensive but you need to get your timing right! This typist has a window that looks straight at it - and has been there many times. No, not the window!
Near us are many Micro-breweries producing local beers from local ingredients. They will all allow you to view their facilities. Probably just for the price of a pint!
The following are Commercial tourist attractions and as such need to be financed by you! They are not Culmington orientated however and are here as distractions to take you away from our village!
Acton Scott Historic Farm as featured on the television is definitely well worth a visit.
The Severn Valley Steam Railway is great for a family day.
Stokesay Castle a historic building embracing tours using cassette recorders with the voices of actors playing out its history.
However, do not confuse Stokesay Castle with Stokesay Court where the film "Atonement" was made. Should you wish to visit Stokesay Court one of our villagers is the guide and film buff
Then there is the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre where, amongst other things, you can view a film of Shropshire taken from a balloon and go orienteering round the permanent course there.
Finally, and if you are hungry, Ludlow's restaurants are amongst the finest in Great Britain! Remember, Ludlow is only five minutes from Culmington.
So there you have it - lots of good reasons not to visit Culmington. That is, unless you are visiting a relative who lives here. On the other hand, beware, said relative may want to visit you in return !!!