Top 10 ranger views

Our rangers are out and about everyday looking after the Long Mynd; while they are out on the hill they get to see some spectacular views.  So they've put together their top ten to help inspire you to come and see them for yourselves.

There are a mix of views, including some of the more obvious ones from Pole Cottage, to the more obscure from Bilbatch, a smaller valley on the western side of the hill.  They cover everything from the Long Mynd's industrial past in Carding Mill Valley to its Ironage prehistory with its very rare single ditched hillfort.

If you want to come and find some of these views for yourself, head to Carding Mill Valley, park here and then head up to the top of the hill.

    From Dr Motts Road

    Beautiful heather covered hills with Church Stretton in the distance

    Looking back down the valley from Dr Motts Road on your way up to the top of the Long Mynd gives you some beautiful views across Church Stretton to the Clee Hills.

    Looking down from the Pike

    The buildings in Carding Mill Valley from the Pike

    From the Pike you get a great view of the red roof of the Chalet Pavilion and also a view of the only remaining part of the original mill. The building is now flats, but it was once the warehouse where the wool was stored and spun.

    Carding Mill Valley from Bodbury Hill

    Looking from the Pike to the head of Carding Mill Valley

    From high up on Bodbury Hill, which was once an Ironage hillfort; you can look up Carding Mill Valley to the top of the Long Mynd. At the end of August the tops of the hills turn a lovely shade of purple as the heather comes into flower.

    Looking down from the Burway

    Looking down on Carding Mill Valley from the Burway

    The Burway road is one of the steepest in Shropshire and with an almost vertical drop off the side of the road down into the valley,  it is definitely dramatic.

    The reservoir in Carding Mill Valley

    A view from the back of the reservoir looking towards the hills

    The reservoir once supplied Church Stretton with water, now disused, it is set in the hillside surrounded by trees. The trees have grown up here because the area is fenced off so the sheep can't get in to graze it.

    The reservoir from the pipe walk

    Looking down on the reservoir from the Pipe Walk

    Follow the original pipe line up the hillside and you can get some lovely views back towards the reservoir. From here you can get a real appreciation for the scale of the reservoir and its retaining bank.

    Pole Bank from Pole Cottage

    One of the pools at Pole Cottage

    From the highest point on the Long Mynd you capture sight of some of the pools found on the Long Mynd. The pools are watering holes for the sheep and ponies that graze on the hill.

    Looking out across Shropshire from Cow Ridge

    The view from the top of the Long Mynd across to Bodbury Hill and Caer Caradoc

    Up on the top of Cow Ridge on a clear day you can get some spectacular views of the Shropshire Hills. Looking across to Caer Caradoc and the Wrekin, it is obvious to see that these were once a chain of volcanoes hundreds of millions of years ago.

    From Bilbatch looking west

    Looking across from the top of Bilbatch to the Stiperstones

    From Bilbatch, a valley on the west side of the hill you get  stunning views of the Stiperstones and Linley Hill.

    Looking towards Bodbury Hill and beyond

    From Cow Ridge looking across the Shropshire Hills

    One of the best ways to view the Ironage hillfort on Bodbury Hill is to go to the top of the Long Mynd. From here, you can clearly see the single ditch running around the top of the hill.  In the distance the larger Caer Caradoc can also be seen, there was once a hillfort here too.