The Walks, and other Events

Here are the walks we offered for the 2019 Church Stretton Walking Festival.

Pre-Festival Events

Map & Compass - Sun 16th June - 10:00

Map & Compass - Sun 16th June - 10:00

Key Points:

D: 4miles6.5km

A: 200ft60m

G: Moderate

£: £17

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Learn navigational skills by our resident local qualified Mountain Leader, NNAS instructor and D of E assessor. This course is designed to teach the attendees how to navigate, take bearings on a compass, read maps for navigational purposes.

Date:Sunday 16th June

Time:10:00

Start:The Outdoor Depot

Learn navigational skills by our resident local qualified Mountain Leader, NNAS instructor and D of E assessor. This course is designed to teach the attendees how to navigate, take bearings on a compass, read maps for navigational purposes.

Taking around 3-4hours, this is great for both beginners and those wishing to brush up on those skills that may not have been used for a while. Learn how to take grid references and navigate your way whilst enjoying the beautiful scenery of the Long Mynd. Excellent value at £17; a course like this is normally £70 per person. This is an outdoor course, covering up to 4miles on the Long Mynd near Church Stretton. We are running 2 courses, 10:00 and 14:00 (please ensure you book on the one you want!).

Please refer to Info Page for general notes about the walks.

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Map & Compass - Sun 16th June - 14:00

Map & Compass - Sun 16th June - 14:00

Key Points:

D: 4miles6.5km

A: 200ft60m

G: Moderate

£: £17

How to Book

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Learn navigational skills by our resident local qualified Mountain Leader, NNAS instructor and D of E assessor. This course is designed to teach the attendees how to navigate, take bearings on a compass, read maps for navigational purposes.

Date:Sunday 16th June

Time:14:00

Start:The Outdoor Depot

Learn navigational skills by our resident local qualified Mountain Leader, NNAS instructor and D of E assessor. This course is designed to teach the attendees how to navigate, take bearings on a compass, read maps for navigational purposes.

Taking around 3-4hours, this is great for both beginners and those wishing to brush up on those skills that may not have been used for a while. Learn how to take grid references and navigate your way whilst enjoying the beautiful scenery of the Long Mynd. Excellent value at £17; a course like this is normally £70 per person. This is an outdoor course, covering up to 4miles on the Long Mynd near Church Stretton. We are running 2 courses, 10:00 and 14:00 (please ensure you book on the one you want!).

Please refer to Info Page for general notes about the walks.

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Thursday's Walks

Walk on the Wild Side

Walk on the Wild Side

Key Points:

D: 6miles9.5km

A: 1000ft310m

G: Moderate

£: £6

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Join our wildlife specialist / ex National Trust Ranger for the Long Mynd, who will take you on a walk to view the incredible scenery, fauna and flora of the upland moorland of the Long Mynd.

(Photo: Andrew Fusek-Peters (Website))

Date:Thursday 20th

Time:10:00

Start:Carding Mill Valley

Join our wildlife specialist / ex National Trust Ranger for the Long Mynd, who will take you on a walk to view the incredible scenery, fauna and flora of the upland moorland of the Long Mynd.

This will be a steady walk of around 3.5 - 4hours, with stops along the way, taking you to some of the best wildlife hotspots of the Long Mynd. You might like to bring snacks or a sandwich to keep you going until you get back to the NT Tea Room. We will be climbing hills and walking on rocky paths, so suitable footwear is essential!

Please refer to Info Page for general notes about the walks.

(Photo: Andrew Fusek-Peters (Website))

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Geology Walk

Geology Walk

Key Points:

D: 6miles9.5km

A: 1000ft310m

G: Moderate

£: £6

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A great opportunity to learn about the geology and history of the Long Mynd in this short 3 - 4mile5 - 6.5km walk with challenging and hilly terrain taken at a leisurely pace to focus on the geology.

(Photo: Andrew Fusek-Peters (Website))

Date:Thursday 20th

Time:10:30

Start:Carding Mill Valley

A great opportunity to learn about the geology and history of the Long Mynd in this short 3 - 4mile5 - 6.5km walk with challenging and hilly terrain taken at a leisurely pace to focus on the geology.

Shropshire is regarded as the Geographical capital of Britain and Church Stretton is the Jewel in the crown. The Long Mynd is 600 million years old and offers an incredibly diverse range of geological features. Your leader will have much to tell you, so even though it's not a great distance, it may well take 4 hours; bring suitable refreshments/packed lunch to have during one of the stops. We will be climbing hills and walking on rocky paths, so suitable footwear is essential!

Please refer to Info Page for general notes about the walks.

(Photo: Andrew Fusek-Peters (Website))

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Long Mynd Explorer 1

Long Mynd Explorer 1

Key Points:

D: 10miles16km

A: 1800ft550m

G: Moderate

£: £6

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A superb circular walk taking in some of the best points on the Long Mynd!

(Photo: James Russell)

Date:Thursday 20th

Time:10:00

Start:Co-op Car Park

A superb circular walk taking in some of the best points on the Long Mynd!

Starting in the town, we head off north towards All Stretton, on the way passing our first viewpoint; we then turn west onto the Mynd. Entering the tranquil Jonathan's Hollow, we take a stunning climbing route up a spur, which affords great views eastwards. Encircling Haddon Hill, we pass another great 'bird's eye viewpoint' overlooking Carding Mill Valley. A nice long generally level route takes us along to the Long Mynd's summit, Pole Bank; another great spot to take in the views and perhaps have a bite to eat. We continue south from here, before turning east and heading for Barrister's Plain, a lovely open area with more great views. We finally drop down to Little Stretton, and a couple more short climbs brings us back home.

Please refer to Info Page for general notes about the walks.

(Photo: James Russell)

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Nordic Walking

Nordic Walking

Key Points:

D: 2.5miles4km

A: 200ft60m

G: Moderate

£: £6

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An introduction to Nordic walking - Come and try the relatively new sport of Nordic Walking by a fully qualified Nordic Walking Instructor. Special Nordic Walking Poles will be provided; just bring sensible footwear and suitable clothing for the day. Nordic Walking is a fantastic way to work out, exercising and toning around 80% of the bodies skeletal muscle groups. This sport is for all ages and abilities.

Date:Thursday 20th

Time:14:00

Start:The Outdoor Depot

An introduction to Nordic walking - Come and try the relatively new sport of Nordic Walking by a fully qualified Nordic Walking Instructor. Special Nordic Walking Poles will be provided; just bring sensible footwear and suitable clothing for the day. Nordic Walking is a fantastic way to work out, exercising and toning around 80% of the bodies skeletal muscle groups. This sport is for all ages and abilities.

2 - 3miles3 - 5km max, but this will include rough paths and some climbing, so a little fitness will be required.

Please refer to Info Page for general notes about the walks.

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Stars in your Skies

Stars in your Skies

Key Points:

D: 2miles3km

A: 200ft60m

G: Moderate

£: £6

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Always popular, our Thursday evening walk will be full of interesting facts, figures and stories astronomy, focusing on the Solar System. A pleasant 2 hour stroll around Carding Mill Valley and the foothills of the Long Mynd.

(Photo: Andrew Fusek-Peters (Website))

Date:Thursday 20th

Time:20:00

Start:Carding Mill Valley

Always popular, our Thursday evening walk will be full of interesting facts, figures and stories astronomy, focusing on the Solar System. A pleasant 2 hour stroll around Carding Mill Valley and the foothills of the Long Mynd.

Please refer to Info Page for general notes about the walks.

(Photo: Andrew Fusek-Peters (Website))

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Friday's Walks

Skyline Walk

Skyline Walk

Key Points:

D: 18miles29km

A: 3200ft980m

G: Strenuous

£: £6

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A challenging walk designed for the walking enthusiast, with plenty of ascent and challenging terrain. For the experienced amongst us. Difficulty 5 out of 5.

(Photo: Burway Hill and Townbrook Hollow, by Geoff Taylor (Website))

Date:Friday 21st

Time:08:30

Start:Carding Mill Valley

A challenging walk designed for the walking enthusiast, with plenty of ascent and challenging terrain. For the experienced amongst us. Difficulty 5 out of 5.

There will be good opportunities to see upland birdlife such as kites, buzzards and red grouse and also some amazing geology including the 470 million year old shale rocks of the Long Mynd and the volcanic hills of Caer Caradoc and Ragleth. The route involves four steep climbs to summits (total ascent over 3200ft976m) and will provide a stiff challenge to all but the fittest of walkers. To complete the walk will require good levels of fitness and stamina.

Please refer to Info Page for general notes about the walks.

(Photo: Burway Hill and Townbrook Hollow, by Geoff Taylor (Website))

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Landscape Photography Walk

Landscape Photography Walk

Key Points:

D: 7miles11km

A: 1100ft330m

G: Moderate

£: £6

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New route for 2019. This is a walk for the outdoor enthusiast who also enjoys photography, taking in some of the best landscape areas that we have in The Shropshire Hills.

(Photo: James Russell)

Date:Friday 21st

Time:10:00

Start:Little Stretton (Church)

New route for 2019. This is a walk for the outdoor enthusiast who also enjoys photography, taking in some of the best landscape areas that we have in The Shropshire Hills.

All cameras and abilities are welcome. There will be plenty of time for photography, although (noting the website photo) you will probably want to leave the tripod behind. Local photographers Geoff Taylor (Website) and Allan Davis will take you on a short but strenuous walk to some of their favourite landscape locations (including the beautiful Ashes Hollow and the open landscape of Barrister's Plain) offering advice where required. Even if the light conditions are not great you will still get to go on a fabulous walk. The walk will take 5 - 6 hours, so be sure to bring a snack or packed lunch with you; there'll be plenty of stops for drink/food en route. There will be some (easy) stream crossings, so boots are recommended, rather than walking shoes. See info page for start point details.

Please refer to Info Page for general notes about the walks.

(Photo: James Russell)

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Acton Scott

Acton Scott

Key Points:

D: 8miles13km

A: 100ft30m

G: Moderate

£: £6

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This walk will take you through a landscape where the remains of the Romans, Iron age man and 19th century industrial revolution can be seen. In the 19th Century the Acton family carried out extensive landscaping in the ‘picturesque’ style to create beautiful vistas.

(Photo: Acton Scott Church)

Date:Friday 21st

Time:10:00

Start:Acton Scott Historic Working Farm (SY6 6QN)

This walk will take you through a landscape where the remains of the Romans, Iron age man and 19th century industrial revolution can be seen. In the 19th Century the Acton family carried out extensive landscaping in the ‘picturesque’ style to create beautiful vistas.

Devised by the leader, Janet, the walk takes in parts of The Squires walk, Acton Scott Amble and Wagoners Wander. The walk starts at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm. There are good facilities here for parking. It has a reception area with shop and toilets. There is also a café at the museum in the old school house where we can have tea and cakes after the walk. The walk begins across the Glebelands, with a quick visit to St Margaret’s church which has a 12th century tower and yew trees that are over 800 years old. We will connect to the old Craven Arms to Buildwas railway line via the Carriage way to Acton Scott Hall which has featured in many of the film locations that were made famous by BBC TV's Victorian Farm. New permissible tracks bring us back to the old railway across the Acton Scott Farm. We return via the Chelmick valley where the remains of squatters' cottages can still be seen, past the pools which once worked the mill at this hamlet.

During the walk you will have some great views towards the Wenlock Edge, the nearby Ragleth hill and beyond. Please bring a morning drink and packed lunch. Whilst this walk is fairly flat full walking gear is needed and walking poles are advisable. Janet can be contacted on 01694 723921 or 07456 479740, particularly to let her know if you cannot make it on the day.

Please refer to Info Page for general notes about the walks.

(Photo: Acton Scott Church)

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Chains of gold and stories of old

Chains of gold and stories of old

Key Points:

D: 13miles21km

A: 2300ft700m

G: Strenuous

£: £6

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The roots of many stories lie hidden in the intricate folds of the Shropshire Hills. We will find a toff who rode in to dinner on a bear, a rebel who fled his last battle, a secret cave and some old stone soldiers left guarding the view.

(Photo: Caer Caradoc, by Geoff Taylor (Website))

Date:Friday 21st

Time:10:00

Start:Church Stretton Library

The roots of many stories lie hidden in the intricate folds of the Shropshire Hills. We will find a toff who rode in to dinner on a bear, a rebel who fled his last battle, a secret cave and some old stone soldiers left guarding the view.

The walk will be led by Nigel McDonald, Sustainable Tourism Officer for the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, who will tell you these stories, and perhaps some more. The walk's finale will be exploring the mighty Caer Caradoc hillfort and discovering some of its secrets. This is quite a challenging day walk, with several steep, but thankfully quite short climbs to panoramic views. You'll need to be self-sufficient, as the only food and drink you don't bring will need to be foraged. The proceeds of the walk will be donated by the Walking Festival to the Fix the Fort Appeal, helping to raise money to repair Caradoc's iconic ramparts (caeringforcaradoc.co.uk)

Please refer to Info Page for general notes about the walks.

(Photo: Caer Caradoc, by Geoff Taylor (Website))

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Meet the Walk Leader

Meet the Walk Leader

Key Points:

D: n/an/a

A: n/an/a

G: n/a

£: n/a

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A social in The Bucks Head Hotel, Church Stretton, where you can meet up with some of our walk leaders and fellow walkers. Pop in and say hello! We'll be in the Snug.

Date:Friday 21st

Time:19:00

Start:Bucks Head Hotel

A social in The Bucks Head Hotel, Church Stretton, where you can meet up with some of our walk leaders and fellow walkers. Pop in and say hello! We'll be in the Snug.

Please refer to Info Page for general notes about the walks.

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Saturday's Walks

The Mynd Drover

The Mynd Drover

Key Points:

D: 26/18/13m42/29/21km

A: 4750ft1450m

G: Strenuous / Moderate

£: £25

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Back for 2019 is the Fourth Mynd Drover Challenge Walk. Again, we are raising funds for the local secondary school PTA.

Date:Saturday 22nd

Time:From 8am - please see rules

Start:Church Stretton School

Back for 2019 is the Fourth Mynd Drover Challenge Walk. Again, we are raising funds for the local secondary school PTA.

The Mynd Drover is a challenge walk/run of 26miles42km with 4750ft1460m of ascent, with alternative routes of 20 and 13miles32 and 21km. Routes have varied, mixed terrain and exceptional scenery. Checkpoint refreshments will be provided along with a simple post-event meal. This year's updated routes take walkers and runners to little known corners of our beautiful Long Mynd range, along less used, ancient sunken lanes, bridleways and footpaths. As a self-guided walk, participants will be provided with route grid references and GPX files.

Start and finish at Church Stretton School. All profits and sponsorship will support the work of Church Stretton Secondary School PTA.

Early bird entries £25, £30 from 7th May.

Minimum age 14. 14 to 18 year old entrants to be accompanied by an adult. Sorry, no dogs.

Please refer to Mynd Drover Rules Page for important information about The Mynd Drover.

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Long Mynd Explorer 2

Long Mynd Explorer 2

Key Points:

D: 10miles16km

A: 1650ft500m

G: Moderate

£: £6

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This excellent and rewarding walk is a great way to see what the Long Mynd has to offer! Long Mynd Explorer 2 offers you Jonathan's Rock, Pole Bank and Ashes Hollow.

Date:Saturday 22nd

Time:09:30

Start:Co-op Car Park

This excellent and rewarding walk is a great way to see what the Long Mynd has to offer! Long Mynd Explorer 2 offers you Jonathan's Rock, Pole Bank and Ashes Hollow.

A circular walk of at least 10miles, it starts by heading north towards All Stretton where the route takes us round Novers Hill, with our first impressive viewpoint. We then head up on to the Mynd by way of Jonathan's Rock, another delightful spot. Proceeding from here, we join the Shropshire Way and walk south to Pole Bank (the summit of the Long Mynd) where you will be treated to fantastic 360° views; an ideal spot for a break. We return from here through the wonderfully tranquil Ashes Hollow, which brings us to Little Stretton. A couple more short climbs return us to our starting point.

Please refer to Info Page for general notes about the walks.

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Pub Walk to Cardington

Pub Walk to Cardington

Key Points:

D: 9miles14.5km

A: 1540ft470m

G: Moderate

£: £6

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A steady guided walk with a break at the charming country pub The Royal Oak at scenic Cardington.

Date:Saturday 22nd

Time:10:00

Start:The Outdoor Depot

A steady guided walk with a break at the charming country pub The Royal Oak at scenic Cardington.

This delightful circular walk takes in Hope Bowdler Hill on the outward leg, which has extensive views across to the Long Mynd and nearby Caer Caradoc to the west, and towards Wenlock Edge to the east. Terrain is mostly grassy under foot and contains steep ascents and descents (suitable footwear is essential). The walk should be around 6 hours including breaks. We will take orders for the pub lunch (if desired) on the day. If you prefer, you can bring a packed lunch, and Cardington Church is a useful location to eat this.

Please refer to Info Page for general notes about the walks.

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The Great Big Dog Walk

The Great Big Dog Walk

Key Points:

D: 8miles13km

A: 1750ft530m

G: Moderate

£: £6

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This is a great chance to take your dog on a guided walk to see some great scenery!

Date:Saturday 22nd

Time:10:00

Start:Rectory Field

This is a great chance to take your dog on a guided walk to see some great scenery!

Starting and finishing at the bottom of Rectory Field, this guided on-lead dog walk led by Tom of Dogtown will take you on a circuit through Rectory woods, Carding Mill Valley, Cwm Dale, The Batch, Jonathan's Hollow, Mott's Road and Ashlet. The route is of intermediate difficulty and for semi-experienced dog walkers looking to go further.

All dogs must be securely collared with ID tags and be well under control. There will be sheep and other dogs, so well socialised and happy walking dogs only please. If you are not sure please contact Tom beforehand 07531 718102.

Please refer to Info Page for general notes about the walks.

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Malcolm Saville's Lone Pine Country

Malcolm Saville's Lone Pine Country

Key Points:

D: 6.7miles10.5km

A: 885ft270m

G: Moderate

£: £6

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Come and explore the more southerly areas of the Long Mynd and walk in the very heart of children's author Malcolm Saville's Lone Pine country, passing by 'Witchend' and 'Ingles Farm'. Afterwards you may be inspired to read Mystery at Witchend, first published in 1943.

Date:Saturday 22nd

Time:11:00

Start:Hamperley Farm (OS 420892)

Come and explore the more southerly areas of the Long Mynd and walk in the very heart of children's author Malcolm Saville's Lone Pine country, passing by 'Witchend' and 'Ingles Farm'. Afterwards you may be inspired to read Mystery at Witchend, first published in 1943.

This is a circular route taking us up to the ancient Portway, running along the top of the Long Mynd, and including some of the key locations in the Lone Pine books, 11 of which were set in Shropshire. Two committee members from the Malcolm Saville Society (witchend.com) will lead this walk and talk about the links to people and places in these much-loved stories, written and published between 1943 (Mystery at Witchend) and 1978 (Home to Witchend). For most of the walk we will be following the route walked with Clare Balding in 2011 for her BBC Radio 4 Ramblings series, when she joined walkers and members of the Malcolm Saville Society for one of her 'Literary Walks'.

After a break for a packed lunch, we will descend via Minton and return to Hamperley Farm, where the owners have kindly offered to provide us with tea/coffee and cake.

Please note that this walk starts at Hamperley Farm, which is some 4.5 miles south west of Church Stretton. Parking is courtesy of Chris & Kirsty Foulkes.

Please refer to Info Page for general notes about the walks.

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Sunday's Walks

Stretton 3 Peaks Challenge

Stretton 3 Peaks Challenge

Key Points:

D: 11miles17.5km

A: 2000ft610m

G: Strenuous

£: £6

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This challenging and very rewarding walk is always popular!

Date:Sunday 23rd

Time:10:00

Start:The Outdoor Depot

This challenging and very rewarding walk is always popular!

A strenuous guided walk that takes in the summits of Caer Caradoc, The Lawley and Hope Bowdler Hill and also visits Hoar Edge. This is an 11milea 17.5km walk with about 2000ft610m of ascent, steep in places and some very sharp descents. The walk offers some outstanding views of the Shropshire Hills. Overall walk duration will be approx 6 - 7hours including breaks. Bring a packed lunch to keep you going!

Please refer to Info Page for general notes about the walks.

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Over the top to Bridges and back

Over the top to Bridges and back

Key Points:

D: 12miles19km

A: 1800ft550m

G: Moderate

£: £6

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A decent length circular walk broken up with a visit to The Bridges pub and then back to Carding Mill Valley for optional Tea and Cake.

Date:Sunday 23rd

Time:10:00

Start:Carding Mill Valley

A decent length circular walk broken up with a visit to The Bridges pub and then back to Carding Mill Valley for optional Tea and Cake.

Our route takes us up through the golf course and across the northern end of the Mynd which offers extensive views. We then join the delightful Darnford Brook for the final stretch before a welcome break at the pub. After lunch, we continue our circular route back up and over the Mynd to arrive back at the NT Tea Room by around 16:30. We will take orders for the pub lunch (if desired) on the day. Although it is a decent length walk, it will be taken leisurely, and with plenty of stops to take in the lovely views!

Please refer to Info Page for general notes about the walks.

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To the Pole and back

To the Pole and back

Key Points:

D: 8miles13km

A: 1650ft500m

G: Moderate

£: £6

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Another great Long Mynd walk! Fear not, you won't need huskies!

Date:Sunday 23rd

Time:10:00

Start:The Square

Another great Long Mynd walk! Fear not, you won't need huskies!

We start this circular walk in the Town Square, and head south to Little Stretton, via a couple of hills to keep us off the road. We then enter Ashes Hollow, one of the quietest routes up the Mynd, with a gentle babbling stream keeping us company. A couple of rocky areas along here to keep us alert. We rise steadily, finally emerging, as if from a secret adventure, not far from Pole Bank; we easily walk the final half mile to get to the Mynd's summit. A great view, and time for a short break. We leave here heading north along the Shropshire Way, turning off to reach Haddon Hill, with its good views. The descent from here is particularly exciting, but has the advantage of heading directly towards the NT Tea Room at Carding Mill Valley! For those wishing to have a more gentle descent, there is a scenic route through the Golf Course...

Please refer to Info Page for general notes about the walks.

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Eastern Hills

Eastern Hills

Key Points:

D: 10miles16km

A: 2050ft630m

G: Moderate

£: £6

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A varied and undulating walk taking in ridge walks along Ragleth and Hope Bowdler Hills, rewarded with wonderful views over Church Stretton and the surrounding countryside.

(Photo: James Russell)

Date:Sunday 23rd

Time:10:30

Start:Co-op Car Park

A varied and undulating walk taking in ridge walks along Ragleth and Hope Bowdler Hills, rewarded with wonderful views over Church Stretton and the surrounding countryside.

This circular starts by heading south along the foothills of the Long Mynd to the pretty of village of Little Stretton. From there we start our steepest climb of the day onto Ragleth Hill, with its stunning views over the Strettons and far beyond. We then descend to the village of Hope Bowdler before starting the steady climb up to the hill of that name and the highest point of our walk. Then enjoying great views throughout we descend down the ridge of the hill to Gaerstone before returning to Church Stretton via Helmeth Wood.

Please refer to Info Page for general notes about the walks.

(Photo: James Russell)

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