Church Stretton - Carding Mill Valley - Long Mynd

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The Long Mynd, a National Trust property, is one of the most accessible and at the same time most beautiful walking areas in England. The Carding Mill Valley, where the walk starts, is very popular with non-walkers and deservedly so, but the high paths are clear and uncrowded. Views are widespread, paths are well-maintained and signposted and there is a real sense of freedom. After the walk there is a good choice of pubs and cafes in Church Stretton, plus book and antique shops (although sadly, my brother is no longer here to serve you personally with his home-made banter and home-made pies in the butchers) - and you can get there by rail. What are you waiting for?

England - Central England - Shropshire - Shropshire Hills


Birds, Food Shop, Great Views, Hills or Fells, National Trust, Pub, Tea Shop, Toilets, Wildlife
5/19/2022 - Rhodri Thomas

I concur with the walkers who suggested taking the off road footpath after Waypoint 10. It is infinitely preferable to the original route alongside the road. At Waypoint 14 you have to be observant to notice the marker post signed "Townbrook" which leads to the long flight of steps, at which we paused for a brief rest before tackling them. Overall an excellent walk which I would thoroughly recommend.

6/28/2021 - Gill Pittilla-Frost

Wow what a walk. Once I got away from the starting point and up into the hills it was breathtaking. A hard slog, but well worth it. The hardest bit for me was the never ending staircase going up into the woods. It's a killer, especially when climbing most of the day. Returned to a hot flask of coffee. Brilliant walk I would definitely recommend it.

4/19/2013 - lynda Mclellan

AMAZING walk....and Jimmy Grindle you did it your walks,love your directions,and have to say this one has ALL the ingredients of the MOST PERFECT of walks.... totally dog friendly... (we have two collies ) and this is the third time in six months we have walked this route (each time with different friends who equally loved it) TOTALLY RECOMMEND IT......

2/28/2012 - PAUL McNEIL

Visited here on 20/2/2012 on what was a very cold and windy day and there were still remnants of snow left on the tops. An extremely picturesque area with widespread views from the high areas - try and pick a clear day when the views won't be compromised and don't forget your camera. Went past the "new" path used to bypass the road section and trudged along the road until we reached the bridleway(don't go along the public footpath just before the bridleway like we did as this will take you back on yourself to the "new" path).The walk is up and down all the way and just when you didn't need it there are "those" steps - killers. The views are worth it all though and you won't be disappointed. Excellent instructions - very straight forward and easy to follow. Enjoy!!! I have lots of photo's but can't see anywhere to upload them - pity would love to share them.

4/21/2011 - Susan Brown

4/21/2011 - Susan Brown

We did this walk back in March but I'm only just getting round to feeding back. I love the long Mynd and try to do it every year, however the route I've taken in the past takes you up through the golf course. This time I thought I'd check Walkingworld and found this alternative route. The directions were clear and easy and the initial ascent seemed a lot more gradual. But still a beautiful route. We attempted this with 3 dogs (I need them to pull me to the top of the hills). There are lots of sheep about so the dogs had to stay on the lead most of the time (although there were one or two stretches they could be let off safely). If you return via the road there are no issues with stiles but if you take the suggested detour through the woods there are a few stiles which dogs may need lifting over. Still a beautiful walk and very glad I took my 4 legged friends in spite of the stiles and even better you get free parking if you are a National Trust member. Thanks for a lovely route.

2/25/2011 - Judy Brua

Great walk, very enjoyable. I agree with Steve Garratt about his change towards the end of the route to avoid a long stretch on the road, but the footpath he mentions is part of waymark 10 not after waymark 11. Look for the footpath at the end of waymark 10, after you pass the farm and campsite you cross a river on a footbridge - the footpath is directly opposite you. This does however include a steep climb and descent, the road would be a flatter option if you are tired.

10/2/2009 - Steve Garratt

Hello We did walk 311 (Church Stretton-Long Mynd) last weekend and found it to be excellent. However, the latest OS map shows a new path just beyond point 11 which climbs over the hill behind the road and then drops down through the woodland to point 13 thus avoiding the stretch of road walking. Sorry no photos, but is easy to follow on the ground. Thanks Steve Garratt

7/19/2006 - kevin treadwell

A very good and rewarding walk with enough alternative routes to keep it interesting time and time again.

7/4/2006 - DENNIS M DOWNEY

This is a fantastic walk, the alternative path around Grindle, gives you some wondeful views. Thanks for the warning about the steps, yes they are steep!!!!Dennis Downey

2/20/2006 - PAUL MARTIN

A very nice walk, Jim. I couldn't figure out what the function of 'Pole Cottage' was, though. Most enjoyable, despite the snow flurries and poor visibility on the summit of 'Pole Bank.' Thanks, and keep up producing your most excellent walks.

7/5/2004 - Andrew Hipkiss

What a fantastic walk! Thanks Jim.

My Garmin Legend + Memory Map reckons it is only 7.89 miles and 5 hours is very pessimistic, 3 or at most 4 hours (including lots of photo stops and a 10 min chat to the very pleasant local nun!) is more like it unless you stop at the Ragleth Inn.

As noted, the steps near the end are hard work and I would imagine the steep descent shortly afterwards could be tricky if very wet.

A few (maybe 4) parking spaces are available near SO 44965 94075 for those early enough.

It would be quite tempting to reverse the route for those with dodgy knees so the steep bits are up rather than down.

For those with a digital camera and using RAW or TIFF, take at least 256MB of cards ... you will need them - it is stunning!

11/11/2003 - Phil and Sue Eptlett

A very nice walk which I am sure would have very good views in good weather which we did not. There was no warning about the sting in the tale, those steps at the end they were murder after eight mile.

8/17/2003 - Angela Share

The walk was a very nice one, but at point 16 ref 447936, you need to go straight on NOT right. The sign to Cardingmill Valley was obstructed by a sign, so I feel this needs clarification.

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