A walk to the top of the Long Mynd
Carding Mill Valley, Church Stretton, Shropshire SY6 6JGRoute details and mapDownload as a print friendly PDF
This walk takes you to the head of Carding Mill Valley and up to the highest point of the Long Mynd. From the top you can take in fantastic views across Shropshire, and beyond.
- Bus stop
Start: Carding Mill Valley, grid ref: SO445945
If you are starting from the Chalet Pavilion, follow the stream up hill to the top car park. Continue straight ahead, on the stony track alongside the stream to the head of Carding Mill Valley.
Where the valley forks, go right. Follow Mott's Road up hill.
The path is named after a local doctor who improved it to visit outlying patients in the 1850s.
As you make your way along the path Calf Ridge will be high up on your left. Soon you'll emerge on the top of the hill.
The path runs on across the moor to join a broader stony track. Go left and, almost immediately, left again, onto the ancient Portway.
This 5,000 year old Ridgway once carried Neolithic traders high and dry above the wet wooded valleys.
When the main track bends left, 400 metres later, turn off to the right, and go straight ahead on a narrower continuation of the Portway.
400 metres on, beside the road to Ratlinghope, a rare bell barrow survives at the Shooting Box. This Neolithic monument was converted to a shooting box during the Victorian period.
Cross the road and take the path straight ahead, up hill, through the rolling heather. A kilometre on, beyond side paths to Priory Cottage and Medlicott is Pole Bank.
517 metres above sea level, this is the Long Mynd's highest point. On a clear day you can see as far as the Brecon Beacons and the Malverns.
From Pole Bank, retrace the path for 250 metres to its junction with the Medlicott track, and turn right, to join the tarmaced Burway Road below, beside the spring at Boiling Well.
Go straight on along the path road. Within 100 metres, on the right, is a way-marked path to 'Townbrook'. Turn right here, on a grassy path, running roughly parallel with The Burway.
Continue down hill around a low ridge, to the lip of the dramatic Townbrook Hollow.
Follow the narrow path down the valley. Beyond the Victorian reservoir at the foot of the valley, bear left along the top of Old Rectory Wood to emerge on the Burway. Cross the road and descend the 'Burway Track' back into Carding Mill Valley
End: Carding Mill Valley, grid ref: SO445945
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- Trail: Walking
- Grade: Hard
- Distance: 5 miles (8km)
- Time: 2.5 hours to 3 hours
- OS Map: Explorer 217, Landranger 137
A rugged route up a steep incline to the top of the hill. Down narrow footpaths in places with steep drops on one side. This is a dog-friendly walk.
- How to get here:
By foot: many long-distance routes, including Jack Mytton Way and Shropshire Way
By bike: 10 miles (16km) of off-road tracks and bridleways; Sustrans
By bus: Shrewsbury to Ludlow, alight Church Stretton, 1/2 mile (0.8km). Long Mynd Shuttle Bus weekends and bank holidays (Easter to October) plus shuttle to Stiperstones
By train: 1 mile (1.6km) from Church Stretton
By road: west of Church Stretton and A49; approached from Church Stretton or from Ratlinghope or Asterton; parking: 50 yards (pay and display); SatNav: SY6 6JG
At Carding Mill Valley:
- Tea-room - serving hot and cold meals, homemade cakes and ice-creams
- Gift shop - selling gifts and walking essentials
- Toiliets - disabled facilities and baby changing are available
- Visitor Information
- National Trust car park (free for members)
- Contact us