The top 10 things to do at Carding Mill Valley

People going for a wild swim in a reservoir
Cool down on a hot day with a swim in the reservoir National Trust

With thousands of acres to explore there are lots of ways to enjoy yourself at Carding Mill Valley. Whether you want to go mountain biking, horse riding, walking or swimming we've got it all here. Many of them are also on the 50 things to do before you're 11 3/4 list.

Go for a paddle

Why not got for a paddle in the stream or go pond dipping with the children and see what creatures you can find.

Head to the top

Go to the top of the hill where you can take in the beautiful views, on a clear day you can see over 50 miles in each direction.
You can get to the top by driving, walking, cycling or horse riding.

Stand under the waterfall

Go for a walk up the valley to the waterfall and then cool off by standing underneath it.

Go grass sledging

Bring along a cardboard box, find a safe place and have a go at grass sledging down a slope.

Go wild swimming

Why not go for a dip in the reservoir?
What a great way to cool down after a long walk. Do be careful though, and read the information at the reservoir before going in.

Listen to the dawn chorus

Get here early enough and you can hear all the wonderful birds that make this place their home.

Bring a picnic

You can relax by the stream with a picnic or you may want to try our delicious food in the tea-room.
Over the summer there will be a catering outlet up in the top car park as well.

Star gaze

Come here at night and have a look at the wonderful night sky.
We run events throughout the year on star gazing so you could always join in on one of these.

Find a magic spot

Find your own special place well away from the crowds, where you can just sit and chill out while taking in the beautiful scenery.

Go on a trail

Go on our free audio trail available from the shop and you can discover more about the Mynd and its history. 
Or you could go on a Family Activity Trail, you can collect these from the information board in the middle of the valley.