Lightspout Waterfall walk

Walking trail

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


Map route for Carding Mill Valley walk to the Waterfall


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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Lightspout Waterfall walk


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.

Lightspout Waterfall walk

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Lightspout Waterfall walk

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

Lightspout Waterfall walk

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)