Carding Mill Valley and the Long Mynd

Carding Mill Valley and the Long Mynd

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The wonders of the Shropshire Hills

Halfway along the border between England and Wales, the land begins to rise. Welcome to the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Beauty (AONB).

Like the waves of a stormy sea, the lands of the Shropshire Hills rise and fall in dramatic, beautiful fashion.

When you’re following the road up to the Carding Mill Valley car park, heather and grass-covered hills surround you. It’s only when you begin to climb however, that the full scope of the area’s magnificence makes itself known.

There are many routes to choose from, so be sure to plan and bring a map along with you. From the valley floor, most trails involve a certain degree of incline so be ready with plenty of water, snacks and the right gear.

Which trail will you pick?

Head out on the Lightspout Waterfall walk for a moderately difficult stroll that’ll take you somewhere between an hour or two to complete.

But you might want to spare more time than that, because when you arrive at what Victorian travellers once called the “miniature Niagara,” you’ll lose track of time simply watching the water tumble down.

If you’re up for something a little more challenging, try The Burway Loop or Ratlinghope Ramble. Both will take you to the top of the Long Mynd for views that are hard to put into words.

They’re both long, climb-filled walks – but the rewards are simply sensational. You might even spot a few wild ponies along the way which is always exciting.

Nature’s calming effect

Getting out in nature can be one of the most proactive things we do to help our mental health. When you see the incredible beauty of Carding Mill Valley and the Long Mynd, it’s hard to think about anything else other than their sheer magnificence.

Ready to see them for yourself?

Carding Mill Valley and the Long Mynd,
Church Stretton,
Shropshire,
GB SY6 6JG

Paid parking, Toilets, Café