The Long Mynd, an enchanting expanse in the heart of the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), is a haven for nature lovers, hikers, and anyone seeking tranquillity.
Located near Church Stretton, this sprawling heathland covers over 22 square kilometers and is a standout attraction in the region.
Characterised by its vast open moorland, the Long Mynd (Old English for “long mountain”) offers a serene landscape of rolling hills and deep valleys.
The highest point, Pole Bank, stands at 516 meters and provides panoramic views that stretch across the Shropshire countryside.
The area’s natural beauty changes with the seasons, from vibrant heather blooms in summer to frost-covered hills in winter, offering a year-round spectacle.
A Walker’s Paradise
The Long Mynd is crisscrossed with numerous footpaths and trails, catering to all levels of walkers.
From gentle strolls in the valleys to challenging hikes up steep inclines, the area offers a diverse range of walking experiences.
The paths not only provide physical challenge but also lead to stunning viewpoints, offering rewarding vistas of the Shropshire and Welsh landscapes.
The Long Mynd is also renowned as a prime location for gliding, thanks to the reliable updrafts along its slopes.
The Midland Gliding Club, one of the oldest in the country, is based here, offering an opportunity for visitors to experience gliding over this spectacular landscape.
Carding Mill Valley
Nearby, the Carding Mill Valley, managed by the National Trust, is a particularly picturesque part of the Long Mynd.
With its charming stream, waterfalls, and reservoir, the valley offers a peaceful retreat and is a popular spot for picnics, bird watching, and exploring.
The National Trust provides educational resources about the area’s history and ecology, enhancing the visitor experience.
The Long Mynd has a rich history, with evidence of human activity dating back to the Bronze Age. Ancient hill forts and settlements dot the landscape, offering a glimpse into the area’s past.
The town of Church Stretton, known as “Little Switzerland” in the Victorian era, is a gateway to the Long Mynd and has a history intertwined with the landscape.
Outdoor Activities and Events
Besides walking and gliding, the Long Mynd is ideal for cycling, horse riding, and other outdoor pursuits.
The area hosts various events throughout the year, including hill races and walking festivals, attracting visitors from across the country.
Address – Church Stretton, SY6 6JG
Telephone – 01694 725000
Website – https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/carding-mill-valley-and-the-long-mynd