What's here for families
At Carding Mill Valley you'll find lots to do to keep the kids entertained. Whether it's going for a walk to the top of the hill, playing in the stream, flying a kite on the reservoir bank or grass sledging on a piece of cardboard; you'll be able to fill a whole day with activities. Here you'll find ideas for some of the activities you can have a go at whilst visiting us.
In 2015 we are celebrating 50 years since the National Trust acquired the Long Mynd.
To commemorate this we have come up with 50 activities to do in the valley and on the hill.They cover a variety of things from spotting wildlife to having a go at activities like grass boarding and orienteering.
Five ideas of things to do in the stream
Have a paddle
Get your shoes and socks off and get your bare feet into the cold water. Or get your wellies on and see how deep the water goes, without getting the water over the top of your wellies of course!
Dam the stream
See if you can make a bigger dam than this to stop the stream from flowing.
Collect lots of stones from the streambed and build as big a dam as you can to try and stop the water.
Get a net and a bucket and see what you can catch in the pond.
You should find fish, freshwater shrimp, tadpoles and lots more.
You can buy nets and buckets in the shop, and pick up a free ID chart.
Play Pooh sticks
This is a fun game to play. The first thing you need to do is find a stick each. Then find a length of the stream to use. On the count of three drop your sticks into the water then follow them down the stream to your finish line. Watch out to see whose stick crosses the finish line first.
Pick up a walks card on arrival at Carding Mill Valley or download the walk to the waterfall in advance.
When you get to the waterfall see if you can get behind it without getting soaked. Remember that the waterfall gets even bigger after we've had rain on the hills.