Ratlinghope Ramble - a walk to across the Long Mynd

Walking trail

This walk takes you round to the quieter, west side of the hill. You can even stop at The Bridges pub half way round if you like!

The ponies on the west side of the Long Mynd


The map for the Ratlinghope walk on Long Mynd


Carding Mill Valley, grid ref: SO445945


If you are starting from the Chalet Pavilion follow the stream uphill to the top car park. Continue up the valley on the stony track to the left side of the stream. When the valley divides 500 metres later, take the left-hand fork, up crude "pitched" stone steps into the narrow Lightspout Hollow.

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On reaching the waterfall climb up the steps alongside it. Follow the path up the main valley keeping to the left as it climbs upwards. Continue to follow this path as it curves around the hill, ignoring the dip to the right until you meet a green track leading gently up to the right. This will take you to the Port Way where you bear left through some posts and follow the main track to Shooting Box.


You will reach a car park and road, here turn right, cross the road and then immediately half left down the track. Follow the track past Priory Cottage and continue onto Coates Farm.


At Coates Farm turn right at the sign for Bridges through the farmyard. Follow the house round to the right, go across the two cattle grids, then go straight down the hill, keep the hedge on your left hand side. You will soon come the The Bridges pub.


The Bridges is a great place to stop for lunch, either for a picnic or at the pub. Turn right out of pub, then immediately right again up the road past the YHA.


At the bridge, take the gate on the left hand side signposted “Shropshire Way”. Follow the well-marked track alongside the river via several gates and stiles; keep the river on your right hand side.


Near Lower Darnford Farm take the left hand track signposted “Darnford Walk”. After 300m, cross the stile and follow the Shropshire Way signs.


Keep heading uphill until you reach a gate leading to the northern section of the Port Way. Turn right and follow this track gently uphill. This section of the route provides fantastic views north to Shrewsbury and beyond.


Stay on the main track for approximately 1500m until you meet the road, then turn right.


Bear left on track, you are back on the Portway.

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Turn left down Mott’s Road and descend back into Carding Mill Valley. Cross the stream at the confluence and then head down stream towards the Top Car Park.


Carding Mill Valley, grid ref: SO445945

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Ratlinghope Ramble - a walk to across the Long Mynd


A challenging walk which includes steep steps and slopes, crossing water and scrambling over rocks. There are stiles along this route and it goes through a farmyard. Suitable footwear is essential and do take appropriate clothing for the weather. This walk may not be suitable in the winter, please take note of any warning signs.

Ratlinghope Ramble - a walk to across the Long Mynd

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Ratlinghope Ramble - a walk to across the Long Mynd

How to get here

Carding Mill Valley, Church Stretton, Shropshire SY6 6JG
By train

1 mile (1.6km) from Church Stretton.

By road

West of Church Stretton and A49; approached from Church Stretton or from Ratlinghope or Asterton; parking: 50 yards (pay and display); SatNav: SY6 6JG.

By foot

Many long-distance routes, including Jack Mytton Way and Shropshire Way.

By bus

 The Bridges pub is a stop on the Shropshire Hills Shuttle Bus (this runs weekends April – September).

By bicycle

10 miles (16km) of off-road tracks and bridleways.

Ratlinghope Ramble - a walk to across the Long Mynd

Facilities and access

  • Tea-room, gift shop, toilets and car park (free for NT members) available at Carding Mill Valley.
  • The Bridges Pub is open from 11am – 11pm every day.