Summer fun on the Long Mynd

Summer bracken growth on the Long Mynd

With a vibrant purple jacket of heather, summertime is when the Long Mynd looks it most striking. It's also a time to enjoy family fun in the sun.

We've got lots planned for the summer holidays with stream and pond dipping, scavenger hunting and orienteering sessions on Wednesdays and Fridays. Join our learning team to find out what kind of creatures make their homes in the streams and ponds of the Long Mynd. Or burn of some energy and learn how to orienteer on one of our two courses. More details on the school holidays activities can be found on our events page.

Pond dipping in Carding Mill Valley
Pond dipping in Carding Mill Valley
Pond dipping in Carding Mill Valley

Every weekend over the summer you can get over the Long Mynd by using the Shropshire Hills shuttle bus so why not leave the car at home or in the Carding Mill Valley car park and explore the hill? The shuttle bus runs every Saturday and Sunday in July and August as well as August bank holiday Monday.

Using the bus is a great way to see the Shropshire Hills
Looking at the bus window on th Burway across the Caer Caradoc
Using the bus is a great way to see the Shropshire Hills

The shuttle bus is a great way to find a new picnic spot if you'd like to find some peace and quiet away from Carding Mill Valley. The valley itself is very popular on warm days and it's a great place to tick off some 50 Things, especially damming a stream. You can then reward youself with an ice cream or a homemade cake from our tea-rooms. But please try to clear your dam at the end of the day to help our stream stay healthy and fast flowing.

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

Further up the from the tea-rooms is New Pool Hollow with its Edwardian reservoir. This is a designated wild swimming spot and another great spot for a summer picnic. You can cool off with a swim in the now disused reservoir before warming up with a hot drink from the tea-rooms. Please remember to check the safety information before heading in for a dip.

Cool down on a hot day with a swim in the reservoir
People going for a wild swim in a reservoir
Cool down on a hot day with a swim in the reservoir

If you are after some space and fresh air then head for the top of the Long Mynd and enjoy the stunning views of Shropshire and beyond. Once the heather flowers you'll be surrounded by bright purple heathland and on stiller days a heady scent hangs in the air. On your way up to the top you can stop and sample the bilberry or whinberry as it's known locally that grows wild on the valley slopes. After over fifty years of ownership and a successful partnership with the commoners who farm the Mynd we can now look over a much more healthy heathland. Dragonflies buzz over the pools on the hill top whilst butterflies flutter around the heather.

Long Mynd bilberries
Long Mynd bilberries
Long Mynd bilberries