Blue walk – Carding Mill Valley, Shropshire

The Long Mynd and undulating moorland hills at the head of Carding Mill Valley, Shropshire

Blue gives us time to think, it clears our minds and helps us to concentrate.

‘The Shropshire Hills are closely linked to the colour blue, says Emily Knight, our conservation manager. ‘It’s thanks to A E Housman's poem, A Shropshire Lad, in which he talks of the 'Blue Remembered Hills'. There's a kind of meteorological phenomenon as it's the light more than anything else that really strikes the Carding Mill visitors.
'We've really dark skies with little light pollution, so in the autumn as the nights draw in, you can get that dark blue colour as night falls. For a lot of visitors this can all be a surprise. They come out of Church Stretton, cross a cattle grid and suddenly these incredible hills are in front of them.’

Route: 1.5 miles (moderate)