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Carding Mill Valley and the Long Mynd

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Carding Mill Valley and the Long Mynd
Author: mumnpets, Published: 01 Nov 2016 Walk rating : Rating:star0  Carding Mill Valley and the Long Mynd Walking Guidestar0  Carding Mill Valley and the Long Mynd Walking Guidestar0  Carding Mill Valley and the Long Mynd Walking Guidestar0  Carding Mill Valley and the Long Mynd Walking Guidestar0  Carding Mill Valley and the Long Mynd Walking Guide
Shropshire, Carding Mill Valley
Walk Type: Hills, valleys and dales
Carding Mill Valley and the Long Mynd
Length: 6 miles,  Difficulty: boot  Carding Mill Valley and the Long Mynd Walking Guide boot  Carding Mill Valley and the Long Mynd Walking Guide boot  Carding Mill Valley and the Long Mynd Walking Guide
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A 6 mile circular walk in the Carding Mill Valley, Shropshire. The area around the Carding Mill Valley is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Long Mynd is an important place for wildlife.

The walk covers a variety of terrain including a rugged route up a steep incline to the top of the hill, then over heather-covered hills with stunning views of the Shropshire Hills and on down a narrow valley steep in places with a drop on one side. Some areas could be muddy underfoot and some of the paths are uneven so good footwear is recommended. Some of the areas have grazing sheep so it is recommended that dogs are kept on leads. There are no stiles on route. A tearoom, gift shop and toilets are sited at the Carding Valley. Allow 3 hours.

The Long Mynd is 15 miles South of Shrewsbury, located west of the Church Stretton valley and the A49. Carding Mill Valley is approached from Church Stretton, and is signposted from the town centre. There are two car parks in Carding Mill Valley, the car parks are open daily all year and are pay and display. (Fee in Oct 2016 was £3.50 all day). Approximate post code SY6 6JG.

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Walk Sections

Start to Top Carpark
Start to Top Carpark

Start point: 52.5447 lat, -2.8195 long
End point: 52.5487 lat, -2.8259 long

The walk starts from the Chalet Pavilion, a cafe, shop, toilets and visitor centre can be found here. With the pavilion on the left, walk for a short distance up the road (taking care as there is no footpath). Soon you reach a small wooden bridge on the right. Cross this and follow the path uphill beside the stream to the top car park.

Top Carpark to Head of Valley
Top Carpark to Head of Valley

Start point: 52.5487 lat, -2.8259 long
End point: 52.551 lat, -2.8338 long

Continue straight ahead, on any of the footpaths out of the car park, following the stream uphill to the head of Carding Mill Valley.

Head of Valley to Left Turn
Head of Valley to Left Turn

Start point: 52.551 lat, -2.8338 long
End point: 52.5571 lat, -2.8462 long

Where the path forks, go right and follow Dr Mott's Road uphill signed for the Shooting Box. Dr Mott's Road is named after a local doctor who improved it to visit outlying patients in the 1850s.

Follow this path for 0.7 miles, steeply uphill at first then as you near the top the gradient eases as you cross the moorland to reach a junction of paths.

Left Turn to Shooting Box
Left Turn to Shooting Box

Start point: 52.5571 lat, -2.8462 long
End point: 52.5529 lat, -2.8552 long

Turn left along the broader stony track and almost immediately, left again, onto the ancient Portway. The Portway is a 5,000 year old track which once carried traders high above the wet wooded valleys.

Continue along this track for 440yds (400 metres) and, as it bends left, turn off to the right, again signed for Shooting Box. Go straight ahead on this narrower path for approximately 0.25 miles to reach a small car park.

The Shooting Box is a rare bell barrow and was named after a grouse-shooting hut that stood on the site until it was removed in 1992. It is the only known example of a disc barrow in Shropshire. It had been dated to circa 1950-1700 BC. The barrow is to the right of the car park.

Shooting Box to Pole Bank Trig Point
Shooting Box to Pole Bank Trig Point

Start point: 52.5529 lat, -2.8552 long
End point: 52.5446 lat, -2.8638 long

Cross the road and take the path straight ahead, uphill, for approximately half a mile (about 1km) to reach the trig point at Pole Bank. (Take note of the crossroads of paths about 250 metres before reaching the trig, as we return here to continue with the walk).

At Pole Bank on a clear day you can see as far as the Malvern Hills and the Brecon Beacons. It is 517 metres above sea level, the highest point on the Long Mynd.

Pole Bank Trig Point to Right Turn
Pole Bank Trig Point to Right Turn

Start point: 52.5446 lat, -2.8638 long
End point: 52.5459 lat, -2.8536 long

From Pole Bank, retrace the path for 250 metres to the path crossroads. Turn right and continue to join the Burway Road. Bear left along the road for around 100 metres and at this point, on the right, is a waymarked path to Townbrook. Turn right here, on the path which runs almost parallel with the road.

Right Turn to Path Bends Right
Right Turn to Path Bends Right

Start point: 52.5459 lat, -2.8536 long
End point: 52.5418 lat, -2.8413 long

Follow the path as it winds over the moors for 0.5 miles, following the marker posts with a pink band around the top and ignoring any paths off to the sides. The path then bends right and begins to gently descend downhill for approximately 0.25 miles.

Path Bends Right to Marker Post with Pink Stripe
Path Bends Right to Marker Post with Pink Stripe

Start point: 52.5418 lat, -2.8413 long
End point: 52.5388 lat, -2.836 long

As the path starts to bend left, branch off on a narrower path to the left ,again following the pink striped marker post.(NOTE: Several paths cross here so be sure to watch out for and follow the marker posts with pink stripes).

Marker Post with Pink Stripe to Woods with Metal Fence
Marker Post with Pink Stripe to  Woods with Metal Fence

Start point: 52.5388 lat, -2.836 long
End point: 52.5397 lat, -2.8179 long

Following the narrow stony path for just under a mile as it bends left then right around a ridge, and on down into the valley of Townbrook Hollow. On reaching the bottom of the valley you skirt the edge of a wood with a metal fence on the right, also passing a small reservoir on the right.

Woods with Metal Fence to End
Woods with Metal Fence to End

Start point: 52.5397 lat, -2.8179 long
End point: 52.5458 lat, -2.8225 long

Just beyond this Victorian reservoir, bear left uphill along the top of Old Rectory Wood to emerge on the Burway Road. Cross the road and descend the track ahead, at first with a high wooden fence on the left then opening out to see the parking areas below. Continue to return to the visitor centre at Carding Mill Valley and the end of the walk.

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The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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