The Pipe Walk at Carding Mill Valley

Walking trail

This walk is a great way to see some beautiful views and also to really get to the heart of 'those blue remembered hills', as mentioned in the poem by A E Housman.

See hints along the way to the area’s industrial past

This walk also has a strong focus on water, following the stream up to the dark-blue reservoir, along the Pipe Walk and finishing at Lightspout waterfall.

A view looking across Bodbury Hill to Church Stretton in the distance


Map route for the Pipe Walk at Carding Mill Valley


Carding Mill Valley, grid ref: SO411949


If you are starting from the Chalet Pavilion, follow the stream uphill to the top car park.


Cross the stream on the sturdy vehicle bridge opposite the green ticket machine. Ahead, the track curves around a spur of the hill, before opening out into a broad side valley. You are now walking along New Pool Hollow, named after two early mill pools.

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Keep following the path along New Pool Hollow until you come to a small palisaded area.

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Within 440yd (400m), climb the reservoir's retaining bank.

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Walk along the length of the reservoir bank and pick up the path that goes around the edge of the hill.

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Continue around to the other side of the hill. Here you will be looking down on the top car park and Carding Mill Valley. Follow the path as it gently descends to join the path below.

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When the valley divides 550yd (500m) later, take the left-hand fork and climb the crude 'pitched' stone steps into Lightspout Hollow.

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Rising above the stream, the rocky path snakes uphill around interlocking spurs. Continue for 550yd (500m) and you will arrive at Lightspout waterfall. Return downhill by the same route.

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Lightspout Waterfall, grid ref: SO431951

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The Pipe Walk at Carding Mill Valley


There are some steep slopes and narrow paths along this route. There are steps up the reservoir bank.

This is a dog-friendly walk.

The Pipe Walk at Carding Mill Valley

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The Pipe Walk at Carding Mill Valley

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

Shrewsbury to Ludlow, alight Church Stretton, ½ mile (0.8km). Long Mynd Shuttle Bus weekends and bank holidays (Easter to October) plus shuttle to Stiperstones.

By bicycle

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

The Pipe Walk at Carding Mill Valley

Facilities and access

  • Tea-room, gift shop, toilets and car park (free for NT members) available at Carding Mill Valley
  • Dogs are welcome