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View toward Caer Caradoc at Carding Mill Valley and the Long Mynd, Shropshire
Ponies on the Long Mynd, Shropshire | © National Trust Images/Rick Greswell
Shropshire & Staffordshire

The Long Mynd and Ratlinghope walk

A challenging circular walk taking in both sides of the Long Mynd with a route around the quieter, west side of the hill. The trail passes a waterfall and follows a section of the Shropshire Way as well as a Stone Age pathway with plenty of interesting geology to spot along the way. It's a long hike so stop halfway at the Bridges pub for a picnic or refreshments.

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Total steps: 11

Total steps: 11

Start point

Carding Mill Valley, grid ref: SO445945

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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, keeping the hedge on your left hand side. You will soon come the The Bridges pub.

Step 5

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

Step 6

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.

Step 7

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

Step 8

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.

Step 9

Stay on the main track for approximately 1,500m until you meet the road, then turn right.

Step 10

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

Step 11

Turn left down Mott’s Road and descend back into Carding Mill Valley. Cross the stream at the confluence and then head downstream towards the top car park.

End point

Carding Mill Valley, grid ref: SO445945

Trail map

Map showing the route of the Long Mynd and Ratlinghope walk
The Long Mynd and Ratlinghope trail map | © Crown copyright and database right 2015 Ordnance Survey

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