Stunning architecture, unspoilt countryside and iconic attractions make Shropshire an alluring county. A hot air balloon ride over Shropshire provides the perfect opportunity to view this unique landscape from a completely new perspective – or more specifically from anything up to 5,000 feet.
Nestled at the north of the county, and an ideal place to begin your flight over Shropshire is Whitchurch. Presenting an intriguing mix of Medieval, napa ballon rides Tudor and Georgian architecture, Whitchurch is known as the Home of Tower Clocks, which can be interesting viewing from the basket. A flight from Whitchurch is sure to take you above the scenic Llangollen Canal as it weaves its way through deserted farmland and hilly countryside.
The unique Follies of Hawkstone Park could equally offer a dramatic setting to start your balloon adventure. Soaring above acres of countryside you will be presented with intricate pathways, ravines, bridges, cliffs, and even a red castle and Grotto Hill which is said to be steeped in mythical magic. As these eccentric wonders dwindle into the distance you may spy one of Shropshire’s most famous landmarks, the Wrekin, believed to represent the spiritual heart of the county. Or perhaps you will spot the wild deer roaming across Cannock Chase, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The rapidly growing town of Telford is another great launch site. Drifting over the tall, glossy buildings and the hustle and bustle of the town centre, within minutes you will find yourself immersed in idyllic countryside. A balloon flight from here would not be complete without glancing at the famous Ironbridge Gorge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the surrounding picturesque wooded countryside. You may also spot the hauntingly beautiful ruins of Buildwas Abbey close to the River Severn.
The county town of Shrewsbury is an ideal base to explore the delights of Shropshire. Flying from here presents a great opportunity to view some of the towns 600 listed buildings, including the world famous Shrewsbury Abbey, and the many timber framed black and white buildings, winding lanes and narrow streets. During your flight you may drift above the stunning Shropshire Hills, and the heather-covered hills of Carding Valley, or maybe you will glide above the mesmerising gardens of Hodnet Hall, viewed by many as the best garden of its type in the country.
To the south of the county is the unspoilt and elegant market town of Ludlow, making it a great place to begin your sky-bound adventure. Bursting with character the town is home to many key historical monuments, including a medieval castle whose dominant turrets are juxtaposed against the leafy surrounding countryside. Another notable place you may be lucky enough to see during your flight is Stokesay Court, a Victorian mansion used as a principal location for the film adaptation of Ian McEwan’s best selling novel, Atonement. Known as the gastronomic capital of Shropshire, there are also many fine eateries in Ludlow to explore post-flight.