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A family-friendly day out at Carding Mill Valley

Stream dipping in the Batch Valley at Carding Mill Valley and The Long Mynd, Shropshire
Stream dipping in the Batch Valley | © National Trust Images PJ Howsam

For fun and fresh air, bring the whole family to Carding Mill Valley and the Long Mynd. There are lots of places to play and get closer to nature. Paddle in the stream on warmer days or pack your walking boots and navigate your way across the hills. Far-reaching views, dramatic landscapes and a whole host of wildlife awaits.

Play, paddle and picnic by stream

Whether you're looking to dip your toes in summer or pull on your wellies in winter, there are endless opportunities for play and relaxation by the stream.

Bring a bucket and a net to see what wildlife you discover. Don't forget to release all the creatures you find back into the water.

Collect twigs, rocks and branches to build a dam in the stream. Many species of fish and frogs live here. Remember to destroy your dam before you go so that you don't disrupt the water flow for wildlife.

Visitors at Carding Mill Valley and the Shropshire Hills, Shropshire
Visitors at Carding Mill Valley and the Shropshire Hills | © National Trust Images/John Millar

Head for the hills

For far-reaching views and lungfuls of fresh air, head out on a family adventure across the Long Mynd. Pole Bank is the highest point on the hill. Here you'll see a number of pools which attract lots of wildlife, including frogs and dragonflies.

The Burway road is one of the steepest in Shropshire. From here, you'll see a near vertical drop into Carding Mill Valley below.

Have you ever stood with your head in the clouds? Bodbury Hill is another fantastic viewpoint. Once an Iron Age Hillfort, it's possible to see the Stretton Hills and the valley shrouded in cloud cover from here. In late summer, Bodbury Hill turns a stunning shade of purple as the heather comes into flower.