Spring into summer in Carding Mill Valley

Carding Mill Valley in early summer

With the sun fully out and stretching the day lengths, the Long Mynd suddenly becomes a lot busier with wildlife. Why not get out and feel the sun or your back whilst taking in a new adventure

As the warmer days and extra light finally fill the valley of the Long Mynd with warmth, it's time to get out and explore. Green becomes the more prominent colour on the hill. Insects buzz and flutter overhead. New life starts later here on the hill but explodes in to life with the early summer heat.

Red admiral on the Long Mynd
Red admiral on the Long Mynd
Red admiral on the Long Mynd

There are butterflies and birds to spot as they cover the hillside and sprouting heather. The extended daylight means long walks in the sunshine to enjoy. Why not try a walk over the top of the Mynd with a well-earned drink or an ice cream from our tea-rooms at the end? Or even go all the way over the hill to stay in the YHA for the night before strolling back to Carding Mill Valley.

We have some great activities to get involved in during May and June including the legendary Duck Races. Run by our friends from Stretton Climate Care you race rubber ducks down our rushing stream whilst finding out about some enviromental initiatives. The duck races are on Saturday 12th May from 11.00 until 16.00 with races 50p each. You can have a go as many times as you like. There will also be our special duck shortbread for sale in the tea-rooms.

Dawn over the Long Mynd
Dawn over the Long Mynd
Dawn over the Long Mynd

This year sees our inaugural Solstice Sleepout. Join our ranger and learning teams for a night on the top of the Long Mynd on the shortest night of the year. There will be a warming fire plus a long-drop loo available. You will need a small tent, sleeping bag, torch, food and drink. It costs £10 per person and you must pre-book this through the event page or by calling 03442491895. It is not suitable for children or dogs. The camp out starts at 8pm on Wednesday 20 June and will be struck by 9am on Thursday morning.