Autumn Days on the Long Mynd
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.
For those seeking a more adventurous pursuit there's some legendary walking or running challenges to attempt. Fell racers can attempt the Stretton Skyline in early September or long-distance walkers/runners have the Long Mynd Hike to choose from. The latter has been going for over fifty years and challenges competitiors to complete a fifty mile course overnight whilst raising funds for the local scout group.
If you are looking for a less energetic pursuit you may want to come along to one of our half-term activities. With help from our friends Stretton Climate Care we have a weekend of apple pressing on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 October. You can book your slot to press your own apple juice on the day, just bring your apples and juice containers (clean plastic milk containers are great for this). There will also be fresh juice to sample along with apple treats in the tea-rooms. You can try your hand at building your own bird box with our ranger team or make a bird feeder with our free activities team. Check our event page for more details on all these along with other autumn events such the return of Stars in Your Skies or Area Ranger Patrick's A Day in the Life of a Ranger event.
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.
If it's too cold or too wet for you, don't forget our lovely log burner will be blazing in our tea-rooms and shop. So you can retreat with a warming cuppa or a bowl of soup and watch the season slip by in comfort.