Autumn Days on the Long Mynd

You get a superb view of Carding Mill Valley from Bodbury Hill

There's a freshness in the air and clarity to the light. Autumn can provide some of the best walking and views of the year. The streams start to come alive and clouds envelop the rusting hills. Get out and explore during this most rewarding time of the year.

The hills are calling as they change from the high summer's purples and greens to autumn's rusty reds and browns. There's still plenty of warm sunshine to enjoy, especially on the hilltop plateau where you can enjoy superb views. The cloud inversions mean early morning strolls on the top of the Mynd can be rewarded by the sight of a sea of fog with the Shropshire Hills peak through like islands. Perfect for memorable photographs. Rain showers add energy to Carding Mill Valley's streams. The sound of rushing water returns to the valley and Lightspout Waterfall can look its most spectacular.

Low cloud draped over the Shropshire Hills
Low cloud draped over the Shropshire Hills
Low cloud draped over the Shropshire Hills

Nature Treats

The seasonal shift for nature presents some great treats for patient spotters. Carding Mill Valley's slopes become a fungi finder's paradise as waxcaps pop up. Golden plover return to the top of the hill with their unique feeding style whilst short-eared owl and hen harrier can be seen hunting.

There are lots of different fungi to spot in autumn
Yellow fungi in the grass at Carding Mill Valley
There are lots of different fungi to spot in autumn

If it's too cold or too wet for you, don't forget our lovely log burner will be blazing in our tea-room. So you can retreat  with a warming cuppa or a bowl of soup and watch the season slip by in comfort.

You get a superb view of Carding Mill Valley from Bodbury Hill

Top 10 ranger views around Carding Mill Valley

Our rangers have been thinking hard about their favourite places on the Long Mynd and they have come up with their ten favourite views.