New Adventures on the Long Mynd

Footpath sign in the upper part of Carding Mill Valley

A new year brings new excitement and fresh ideas. The Long Mynd is the perfect place to be if you fancy trying your hand at something new or finding some wintry solace.

The hill tops of the Long Mynd reward the hardy explorer with the clearest views of the year during January and February. The cold air aids visibility whilst morning fogs give the feeling of being alone with the just the peaks of the hills. Views can stretch as far as the Brecon Beacons, the Malverns and even the cranes of Liverpool's docks.

Townbrook Hollow in winter
Townbrook Hollow in winter
Townbrook Hollow in winter

If you have the layers and the spirit then a walk on a snowy can offer other treats. Follow bird or animal tracks in the snow to see how they spend a day in the deep winter. Also keep your eyes peeled for the likes of fieldfare, brambling or redwing. These winter visitors come in from Europe to enjoy the last of the berries on hawthorn or rowan trees.

In late February you may start to see frog spawn appearing in the pools of the Mynd. These amphibians emerge to mate as winter starts to release its grip. The soNG of the dipper can also be enjoyed in Carding Mill Valley, Ashes Hollow or the Batch.

Our ranger team begin their year with many tasks to tick off. Their conservation work can be as varied as cutting plots for the snipe, an important Shropshire bird which has been struggling to breed, through to hedge layer or laying stone in Carding Mill Valley's lower valley car park.

The ranger team keep working whatever the weather!
The ranger team keep working whatever the weather!
The ranger team keep working whatever the weather!

Resolutions can be hard to keep sometimes but if you fancy trying something new or giving something back then join the volunteer team at Carding Mill Valley. There are opportunities to help out the tea-rooms, shop, rangers, learning and engagement or admin teams.  Exerience isn't necessary but enthusiasm along with a love of nature and the outdoors is helpful. See our volunteer page for more details on the individual roles. We could manage the beauty of the Long Mynd for everyone with our amazing volunteers, come and join us.

New experiences can be found at our events as well. Early in January Area Ranger Patrick will be opening our Lecture Lunch series with a talk all about the Long Mynd volunteer ranger team's work. Tickets include a hearty bowl of soup after Patrick's fascinating illustrated talk. The Stars in Your Skies team are back with a new programme for 2019 opening up with an evening looking at Orion. This event in February also features a guided stargazing session (weather permitting) for budding astronomers. There's also half term fun to be had making bird boxes and bird feeders with the ranger and learning teams.