All you need to know for a visit to Carding Mill Valley and the Long Mynd

Devil's mouth viewpoint

The Long Mynd's views, hills, rivers and valley have been visited and lived in by humans for thousands of years. To make the most of your time exploring 5000 acres of upland heathland we've designed this guide so you can find the essentials.

Planning a visit to Carding Mill Valley?

The most popular and well known valley of the Long Mynd is Carding Mill Valley. The river has been drawing families to it for decades and the historic Chalet Pavilion, one hundred years old in 2020, houses our main visitor facilities.

To support our work looking after the Long Mynd why not treat yourself to tea and cake or even an ice cream if the sun is out. All funds raised here support the conservation work.

If you are looking to find true peace and quiet then head out of Carding Mill Valley and find your own hidden spot. With 5000 acres to explore, there's plenty of space.

Wherever you visit, please remember this landscape is very delicate. Never light BBQs or fires anytime of the year due to the fire risk and please follow the Countryside Code.

Carding Mill Valley in the Shropshire Hills AONB
Carding Mill Valley in the Shropshire Hills AONB
Carding Mill Valley in the Shropshire Hills AONB

Car Parking

There are two parts to the car park in Carding Mill Valley. The lower valley car park stretched from the entrance to just before the Chalet. This never closes but the upper car park, which lies beyond the ford at the end of the road, is only open from 9am daily and closes at 4pm or 5pm depending on the season.

Wherever you decide to park you will find the ticket machine handy for membership card scanning or ticket purchasing. Each scan or ticket goes directly to our conservation work here on the Long Mynd.

The Chalet Pavilion Tea-room

The tea-room is now back open with some limited inside seating, along with the wood burner for those chilly or damp days.

At the moment all our food and drink is served takeaway-style with a limited range of sandwiches, pastries and cakes available

The pipe walk path in Carding Mill Valley
The pipe walk path in Carding Mill Valley
The pipe walk path in Carding Mill Valley

Visiting for an hour or two or the whole day?

Just dropping in to Carding Mill Valley, maybe breaking up your journey or planning a whole day?

In an hour you should have time to walk up to view the Victorian reservoir in New Pool Hollow or spend some time in our bird hide.

In two hours there's just time to get to Lightspout Waterfall and back or enjoy the Pipewalk circuit for a view out across the Shropshire Hills. Time also for some lunch in the tea-room enjoying the ever-changing photo and video displays.

A whole day in the valley mean you have time to walk all the way up to the top of the Long Mynd at Pole Bank. Or just find a spot on the river bank and enjoy some time getting to know the river. Pop back to the Chalet for an ice cream or a cake.

Dog on the lead
dog walk
Dog on the lead

Bringing your dog

The Long Mynd is a very popular site for dog walking and we love welcoming furry friends. Even more so now that our tea-room is dog-friendly. There's plenty of dog bins so don't forget to scoop that poop.

The sheep and birds that call the Long Mynd home aren't quite so keen on dogs. Even little fluffy ones or very friendly ones that have never chased anything before. For this reason we ask all dog-owners to keep their dogs under close control, ideally on a lead. Sheep can easily lose their lambs or endanger themselves when running. Many of the Long Mynd's birds are ground-nesting which means keeping dogs on paths is key to these species survival.

Playing in the stream in Carding Mill Valley
Playing in the stream in Carding Mill Valley
Playing in the stream in Carding Mill Valley

Family visits to the Long Mynd

Carding Mill Valley has been a popular destination for day-tripping familes for decades, even before the National Trust took ownership in the 1960s. The simple pleasures of dam building and paddling take a lot of beating.

But there's loads more to do and our 50 Things page can help guide you further.