The Long Mynd

Trail (UK) - - SHROPSHIRE -

1 SO455935 Exit the sta­tion to­wards the town cen­tre this time, turn­ing left on Sand­ford Av­enue (B4371). Go straight on at the cross­roads and fol­low the road as it starts climb­ing grad­u­ally at first, then more steeply. When the houses end, take the right-hand fork to stay on the Jack Myt­ton Way as it con­tours Bur­way Hill into Card­ing Mill Val­ley with the river on your right.

2 SO442946 Cross the river at a foot­bridge and con­tinue up Card­ing Mill Val­ley, pass­ing the path to the reser­voir to reach a fork in the river. Here, cross the main river then turn left to walk up Light­spout Hol­low for a chance to see the very pretty 4m Light­spout Wa­ter­fall on your left, across the val­ley. Keep climb­ing all the way out of the head of the val­ley, keep­ing the river on your left, un­til the gra­di­ent shal­lows and you meet the Shrop­shire Way.

3 SO421953 Turn left on the Shrop­shire Way at a shoot­ing box and fol­low this clear, wide, well-used track along the un­du­lat­ing ridge of the Long Mynd, pass­ing var­i­ous tu­muli (lumps!). Head for the high­est point of Pole Bank (516m) whose trig point will stand out for miles if it’s not misty. From the sum­mit, turn around and head back al­most the way you came, but not quite, in­stead tak­ing the smaller path head­ing east down to the road at Boil­ing Well Spring.

4 SO421945 Cross the road and start your de­scent into Ashes Hol­low on a beau­ti­fully wind­ing path to the left of the river, with steep val­ley sides and rocky out­crops. This path is won­der­fully easy to nav­i­gate and brings you out at the road head at Lit­tle Stret­ton. Im­me­di­ately, take the foot­path on the left through the woods and fields.

5 SO444929 At the third fence­cross­ing this path starts to drop down to Lud­low Road. Avoid los­ing height by con­tin­u­ing straight on through the woods on a smaller path, con­tour­ing around the hill, par­al­lel to the track be­low, and pop­ping out to re­unite with it at Cun­nery Road. Walk down this road as it zigzags down to the main street. Turn left at the bot­tom, then right on Sand­wood Ave (B4371) once more to re­turn to the sta­tion.

Look­ing from the top of Card­ing Mill val­ley across to Church Stret­ton.

Card­ing Mill val­ley.

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