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A walk to the reservoir in Carding Mill Valley


This walk starts from Carding Mill Valley at the heart of the Long Mynd and takes you on a gentle walk past the mill ponds and up the reservoir bank.

Looking across the reservoir to the tower at the centre
This short walk gives you some great views back across the Bodbury Hill National Trust Images


Map route for Carding Mill Valley walk to the reservoir
© Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey


Carding Mill Valley, grid ref: SO411949


If you are starting from the Chalet Pavilion, follow the stream uphill to the top car park.

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Once in the top car park, cross the stream on the sturdy vehicle bridge opposite the green ticket machine. Ahead, the track curves around a spur of the hill, before opening out into a broad side valley. You are now walking along New Pool Hollow, named after two early mill pools.

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Keep following the path along New Pool Hollow.

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Within 400 metres, climb the reservoir's retaining bank and cross the stile into the enclosure.

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Reservoir, grid ref: SO411949

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A walk to the reservoir in Carding Mill Valley


This route is along a wide footpath. There are steps up the reservoir bank. It is a dog-friendly walk.

A walk to the reservoir in Carding Mill Valley

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A walk to the reservoir in Carding Mill Valley

How to get here

Carding Mill Valley, Church Stretton, Shropshire SY6 6JG
By train

1 mile (1.6km) from Church Stretton

By road

West of Church Stretton Valley and A49; approached from Church Stretton or from Ratlinghope or Asterton; parking: 50 yards (pay and display); SatNav: SY6 6JG

By foot

Many long-distance routes, including Jack Mytton Way and Shropshire Way

By bus

Shrewsbury to Ludlow, alight Church Stretton, ½ mile (0.8km). Long Mynd Shuttle Bus weekends and bank holidays (Easter to October), plus shuttle to Stiperstones

By bicycle

10 miles (16km) of off-road tracks and bridleways: Check the Sustrans website.

A walk to the reservoir in Carding Mill Valley

Facilities and access

  • Tea-room - serving hot and cold meals, homemade cakes and ice-creams
  • Gift shop - selling gifts and walking essentials
  • Toilets
  • Visitor information
  • Parking