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A walk to the waterfall at Carding Mill Valley


This walk starts at Carding Mill Valley at the heart of the Long Mynd and takes you on a gentle ascent along the stream to the four metre cascade at the picturesque Lightspout Waterfall.

Lightspout waterfall
Head up to the waterfall after a few days rain and this is a wonderful sight National Trust Images


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


Carding Mill Valley, grid ref: SO445945


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

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Continue up the valley (following the red trail markers) on the stony track to the left side of the stream.


When the valley divides 500 metres later, take the left-hand fork, up crude "pitched" stone steps into the narrow Lightspout Hollow.

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Rising above the stream, the rocky path snakes uphill around interlocking spurs before opening out, 500 metres on, below Lightspout Waterfall. Return downhill by the same route.

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Lightspout Waterfall, grid ref: SO431951

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A walk to the waterfall at Carding Mill Valley


This route is along a footpath that is narrow at various points. There is a gentle incline along the route. Closer to the waterfall areas may become slippy due to the water. It is a dog friendly walk.

A walk to the waterfall at Carding Mill Valley

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A walk to the waterfall at 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 and A49; approved 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, 1/2 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: See this Sustrans map for reference

A walk to the waterfall at 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 - disabled facilities and baby changing are available
  • Visitor Information
  • National Trust car park (free for members)