The Burway Loop - a walk to the top of the Long Mynd

Walking trail

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.


Map route for a walk to the top of the Long Mynd


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.

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A view down the valley


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.

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When the main track bends left, 440yd (400m) later, turn off to the right, and go straight ahead on a narrower continuation of the Portway.

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Cross the road and take the path straight ahead, up hill, through the rolling heather. ½ mile (1km) on, beyond side paths to Priory Cottage and Medlicott is Pole Bank.

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From Pole Bank, retrace the path for 275yd (250m) 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 110yd (100m), 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.


Carding Mill Valley, grid ref: SO445945

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The Burway Loop - a walk to the top of the Long Mynd


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.

The Burway Loop - a walk to the top of the Long Mynd

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The Burway Loop - a walk to the top of the Long Mynd

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; 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; Sustrans

The Burway Loop - a walk to the top of the Long Mynd

Facilities and access

  • Tea-room, gift shop, toilets and car park (free for NT members) available at Carding Mill Valley
  • Dogs are welcome