The Walks, and other Events

We are pleased to present our list of walks offered for the 2018 Church Stretton Walking Festival.

Bookings for the walks are now open! Use the How to Book button next to each walk, for info.

Please make sure you read all the important stuff on the Walk Info Page.

New! Walk Maps: We have put together a set of rough guide maps to give you some idea of where the main walks are located, to assist you in your choice. This is available as a PDF HERE.

Pre-Festival Events

Map & Compass Course - Sun 17th June - 10:00

Map & Compass Course - Sun 17th June - 10:00

Key Points:

D: 4miles6.5km

A: 200ft60m

G: Moderate

£: £15

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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 17th 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 £15; 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 Course - Sun 17th June - 14:00

Map & Compass Course - Sun 17th June - 14:00

Key Points:

D: 4miles6.5km

A: 200ft60m

G: Moderate

£: £15

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 17th 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 £15; 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

£: £5

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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 21st

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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Nordic Walking

Nordic Walking

Key Points:

D: 2.5miles4km

A: 200ft60m

G: Moderate

£: £5

How to Book

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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 21st

Time:10:00

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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Ragleth Ramble

Ragleth Ramble

Key Points:

D: 8miles13km

A: 1250ft380m

G: Moderate

£: £5

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An interesting walk, using some of the lesser trodden footpaths and bridleways through Ragdon, Chelmick and Hope Bowdler and over Ragleth Hill.

(Photo: Walker on Ragleth Hill, by Geoff Taylor (Website))

Date:Thursday 21st

Time:10:30

Start:The Outdoor Depot

An interesting walk, using some of the lesser trodden footpaths and bridleways through Ragdon, Chelmick and Hope Bowdler and over Ragleth Hill.

After leaving Church Stretton, we will walk to the picturesque village of Hope Bowdler. From there we will use some of the lesser walked paths in the area and follow an old waterway of pools, that used to feed a mill at Chelmick. We will then use some permissive paths through interesting farmland. The next part will climb steeply to Ragleth Hill, which offers splendid 360° views of the county. The view over to the Long Mynd is particularly interesting. We will then return, through fields, coppices and porcine topiary, back to Church Stretton. Taking a leisurely 4-5 hours, they'll be plenty of time for stops, so please bring food and drink to keep you going.

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

(Photo: Walker on Ragleth Hill, by Geoff Taylor (Website))

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Geology Walk

Geology Walk

Key Points:

D: 4miles6.5km

A: TBCTBC

G: Moderate

£: £5

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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 21st

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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Walking for Health

Walking for Health

Key Points:

D: 3miles5km

A: littlelittle

G: Easy

£: FREE

How to Book

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A beautiful 1hour guided walk sticking to the lower slopes of the Long Mynd; this walk is designed for those who want to take it easier.

This is a free event; no need to book - just turn up!

Date:Thursday 21st

Time:10:30

Start:Health & Wellbeing Centre

A beautiful 1hour guided walk sticking to the lower slopes of the Long Mynd; this walk is designed for those who want to take it easier.

This is a free event; no need to book - just turn up!

This walk, which is part of the regular local Walking for Health series, is suitable for people who are looking to increase their activity levels. It may include some moderate slopes, steps, uneven surfaces and possibly stiles.

Please meet at the Health and Wellbeing Centre in Easthope Rd; please arrive around 10mins before the start time.

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

£: £5

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At this time of year, it doesn't get really dark. Sunset is at 21:37. We will take a leisurely walk of around 2 hours, along the way the walk will be used as a time line from the big bang to the current day to help you come to terms with some of the astronomical(!) figures that are encountered when trying to understand the history of the universe.

(Photo: Andrew Fusek-Peters (Website))

Date:Thursday 21st

Time:20:00

Start:Carding Mill Valley

At this time of year, it doesn't get really dark. Sunset is at 21:37. We will take a leisurely walk of around 2 hours, along the way the walk will be used as a time line from the big bang to the current day to help you come to terms with some of the astronomical(!) figures that are encountered when trying to understand the history of the universe.

You will learn about the life cycle of stars and galaxies including star formation, how they generate energy and what happens when they run out of fuel in relation to the timescale of the universe. Bring a torch and binoculars so that if clear we can spot a few examples of stars and galaxies in the twilight that relate to what you've just learnt. A telescope may also be set up if it's clear. We are of course hoping for clear skies, however if this does not happen we have a back up plan and may hold an indoor astronomy talk. Starting and finishing at the National Trust Tea Room, Carding Mill Valley (SatNav SY6 6JG).

For more information about Stars in your Skies, see the Stars in your Skies Facebook Page or Website.

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

(Photo: Andrew Fusek-Peters (Website))

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Friday's Walks

Landscape Photography Walk

Landscape Photography Walk

Key Points:

D: 5.5miles9km

A: 1475ft450m

G: Moderate

£: £5

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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 22nd

Time:10:00

Start:Hope Bowdler Village Hall

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. Our local photographer Geoff Taylor (Website) will take you on a short but strenuous walk to some of his favourite landscape locations on Hope Bowdler Hill and Caer Caradoc, offering hints and tips on how to get the best results. 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.

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

(Photo: James Russell)

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The land of Wilderness and village of honey

The land of Wilderness and village of honey

Key Points:

D: 8miles13km

A: 1000ft305m

G: Moderate

£: £5

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A lovely circular walk, using lesser-known tracks to Cardington, taking in the village of Hope Bowdler, and returning via the Wilderness.

(Photo: James Russell)

Date:Friday 22nd

Time:10:00

Start:Sandford Avenue Layby

A lovely circular walk, using lesser-known tracks to Cardington, taking in the village of Hope Bowdler, and returning via the Wilderness.

The tracks we'll use were once used by local inhabitants to criss-cross the landscape to attend church, markets and farms. We will return via Cwms Lane, an ancient drovers' road linking Cardington to Church Stretton and beyond. We begin by passing through the ancient hamlet of Hope Bowdler, the farmland of Mount Flirt, through the Gutter and Sharpstones to North Hill farm and on to Cardington. Cardington, mentioned in the doomsday book, will be our lunch time stop, in the community orchard tucked away from roads but on our route. The local beekeeper lives nearby and it is possible to make a visit. After lunch, we will ascend out of the village to The Wilderness and return via Cwms lane, the Drovers track, to our starting point.

The starting point is the layby at the top of Sandford Avenue, on the B4371 towards Much Wenlock. There is plenty of parking here, but you could alternatively walk up to here from Church Stretton (approx 1mile / 20mins, via the quieter Hazler Road).

Overall walk time of around 4 - 5hours; please bring refreshments for a morning and lunch-time stop. Also, walking poles are advisable.

Your walk leaders will be Janet Priestley and Maggie Beckley; contact numbers for info or last-minute cancellations: 01694 723921 or 07456 479740.

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

(Photo: James Russell)

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Minding the Gap

Minding the Gap

Key Points:

D: 8.5miles13.6km

A: 2000ft610m

G: Moderate

£: £5

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Minding the Gap - a walk, not without its faults, which crosses the Stretton Gap, taking in some of the finest views in the Shropshire Hills AONB. Free Shropshire Hills guidebook to all participants.

Date:Friday 22nd

Time:10:00

Start:Church Stretton Library

Minding the Gap - a walk, not without its faults, which crosses the Stretton Gap, taking in some of the finest views in the Shropshire Hills AONB. Free Shropshire Hills guidebook to all participants.

With fresh legs we’ll strike up through Rectory Wood and onto the Long Mynd via Townbrook Valley. As we climb, you’ll be treated to unfolding views of Caradoc, the Lawley, Wenlock Edge and the Wrekin, standing in the distance, like the Lonely Mountain it inspired. Cresting the top of the valley, we’ll continue via Boiling Well to Pole Bank, the highest point of our walk. Here we’ll be treated to a horizon studded with old friends: The Malverns, Brecon Beacons, Snowdonia, Clwydian Range, to name a few (and all protected landscapes). We’ll stop here for a breather and a cup of tea (providing you’ve remembered your flask). Crossing the ‘Gap’ to Ragleth Hill, to the east, is a simple matter. We’ll keep the views and follow the ridge to Callow Hill, then drop gently into Little Stretton, for lunch at the Ragleth Inn. Alternatively, bring a packed lunch and eat it in the shadow of the delightful thatched church. Revived, we’ll press across the Stretton Gap to climb the slopes of Ragleth Hill and enjoy views of the Corvedale, Clee Hills and Long Mynd. Then we’ll continue along Ragleth’s flanks to drop through ancient woodland and amble back into Church Stretton, finishing at Housmans café restaurant in the centre of town. The walk will take a leisurely 5-6 hours. Although a lot of the walk is easy-going, there are several steep sections; walking poles are recommended.

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

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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 22nd

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.

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Saturday's Walks

The Mynd Drover

The Mynd Drover

Key Points:

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

A: 4600ft1400m

G: Strenuous

£: £25

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Back for 2018 is the Third Mynd Drover Challenge Walk. Again, we aim to raise funds for the local secondary school PTA. Last year's event enabled the school to finance a year's lease on their much needed new minibus. Thanks to all who took part and the amazing volunteers who make this event such a memorable day.

Date:Saturday 23rd

Time:From 8am - please see rules

Start:Church Stretton School

Back for 2018 is the Third Mynd Drover Challenge Walk. Again, we aim to raise funds for the local secondary school PTA. Last year's event enabled the school to finance a year's lease on their much needed new minibus. Thanks to all who took part and the amazing volunteers who make this event such a memorable day.

The Mynd Drover is a challenge walk/run of 26miles42km with 4600ft1400m of ascent, with alternative routes of 18 and 13miles29 and 21km. The routes have varied mixed terrain and exceptional scenery. Checkpoint refreshments will be provided and a simple post-event meal. The routes take walkers and runners to the more remote 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. A 13mile21km guided walk with limited places is also available.

Start and finish at Church Stretton School. Optional sponsorship forms will be provided. All profits and sponsorship will support the work of Church Stretton School PTA.

£22 per entry including booking fee; this rises to £25 from 9th June.

Under 18s (over 14 year olds) 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

Long Mynd Explorer

Key Points:

D: TBCTBC

A: TBCTBC

G: Moderate

£: £5

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This excellent and rewarding walk is a great way to see what the Long Mynd has to offer!

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

Date:Saturday 23rd

Time:09:30

Start:The Square

This excellent and rewarding walk is a great way to see what the Long Mynd has to offer!

A circular walk of at least 10miles, it starts by heading down to Little Stretton, then ascends the Long Mynd via the wonderfully tranquil Ashes Hollow. On reaching Pole Bank (the summit of the Long Mynd) you will be treated to fantastic 360° views. We then head north on a section of the Shropshire Way, before heading round to Jonathan's Rock, another delightful spot for a short break. The return from here to Church Stretton takes us round Novers Hill, with a final impressive viewpoint. Good footwear and a packed lunch are essential for this walk likely to be around 5 - 6hours in total. Be aware that although most of the walk is easy going, there are several steep sections, up and down.

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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An OUTSTANDING Birthday Walk

An OUTSTANDING Birthday Walk

Key Points:

D: 11.5miles18.6km

A: 2400ft730m

G: Moderate

£: £5

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Come celebrate one of Britain’s finest landscapes on its 60th birthday. A walk exploring hedgerow riches, ghosts and witches, curious tales and views of Wales. Party hats and poppers optional. Free Shropshire Hills AONB guidebook to all participants.

(Photo: James Russell)

Date:Saturday 23rd

Time:10:00

Start:Carding Mill Valley

Come celebrate one of Britain’s finest landscapes on its 60th birthday. A walk exploring hedgerow riches, ghosts and witches, curious tales and views of Wales. Party hats and poppers optional. Free Shropshire Hills AONB guidebook to all participants.

This will be a birthday party to remember as we explore the western side of the Long Mynd. This is a full commitment kind of do, no popping off early to relieve the baby sitter. You’re in for the long haul and a fairly challenging walk. The quicker we walk the more time we’ll have to relax at the two pubs on the route.

All good parties start with bubbly, and this is no different as we follow the tumbling stream up through Carding Mill Valley past the frothing splendour of Lightspout waterfall. Giddy then, we’ll be treated to unfolding views as we go on to Shooting Box and a break for drinks and nibbles. For lunch we’ll visit The Bridges, via the delightful Darnford Brook. The food is excellent, but there’s also plenty of room for picnicking.

From here, our way lies over Adstone Hill discovering a land nestled between the craggy peaks of the Stiperstones and rolling heights of the Mynd (with great views of both). Wentnor is the last point of interest, discovering its ancient hedgerows, haunted moors and hurricane gravestones (plus refreshments at the Crown if time allows). The return trip climbs back to the Mynd over Pole Bank then passes Boiling Well and down the stunning Cow Ridge back to the valley. Those in search of nightcaps may need to go on into Stretton, as with all good parties we may get back quite late, and the staff at the tea room may have gone home (the National Trust Café closes at 5pm). Still, there’s plenty of places for a last whet before home in Church Stretton.

This substantial walk will take a leisurely 6-7 hours. Although a lot of the walk is easy-going, there are several steep sections; walking poles are recommended.

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

(Photo: James Russell)

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Pub Walk to Cardington

Pub Walk to Cardington

Key Points:

D: 9miles14.5km

A: 1540ft470m

G: Moderate

£: £5

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

Date:Saturday 23rd

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) nearer the time, or 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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Sunday's Walks

Stretton 3 Peaks Challenge

Stretton 3 Peaks Challenge

Key Points:

D: 11miles17.5km

A: 2000ft610m

G: Strenuous

£: £5

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This challenging and very rewarding walk was very popular last year so we are offering it again this year.

Date:Sunday 24th

Time:10:00

Start:The Outdoor Depot

This challenging and very rewarding walk was very popular last year so we are offering it again this year.

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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Malcolm Saville's Lone Pine Country

Malcolm Saville's Lone Pine Country

Key Points:

D: 6miles9.5km

A: 1140ft345m

G: Moderate

£: £5

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Come and walk in the very heart of children's author Malcolm Saville's Lone Pine country, at the southern end of the Long Mynd, passing by 'Witchend' and 'Ingles Farm'. Afterwards you may be inspired to (re)read Mystery at Witchend and re-live some of the Lone Pine Club adventures for yourself!

Date:Sunday 24th

Time:10:00

Start:Hamperley Farm (OS 420892)

Come and walk in the very heart of children's author Malcolm Saville's Lone Pine country, at the southern end of the Long Mynd, passing by 'Witchend' and 'Ingles Farm'. Afterwards you may be inspired to (re)read Mystery at Witchend and re-live some of the Lone Pine Club adventures for yourself!

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 (website) will lead this walk and explain 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' – Walk 6 from Robert Smart's Church Stretton & Shropshire Walks (2007).

When we return to 'Ingles Farm' (Hamperley) the owners have offered to provide us with tea/coffee and cake.

Please note that parking is courtesy of Chris & Kirsty Foulkes (of Hamperley Farm) and there is a small charge of £3 for the refreshments, payable on the day. (This walk explores the more southerly parts of the Long Mynd; Hamperley is around 4 miles south west of Church Stretton)

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: 12-13miles19-21km

A: 1600ft490m

G: Moderate

£: £5

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A 12 - 13mile19 - 21km walk broken up with a visit to The Bridges pub and then back to Carding Mill Valley for optional Tea and Cake.

Date:Sunday 24th

Time:10:00

Start:Carding Mill Valley

A 12 - 13mile19 - 21km walk broken up with a visit to The Bridges pub and then back to Carding Mill Valley for optional Tea and Cake.

There will be time for a light bite and drinks at the pub before returning back to Church Stretton, probably arriving back at the NT Tea Room around 16:30. We will take orders for the pub lunch (if desired) nearer the time, or on the day. The circular walk takes in some lovely views looking north on the outward leg, and returns via Shooting Box and Mott's Road. 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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Hope Bowdler and Beyond

Hope Bowdler and Beyond

Key Points:

D: 7.5miles12km

A: 1400ft427m

G: Moderate

£: £5

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A great introduction to the hills on the east side of the Stretton Gap, taking in Hope Bowdler Hill and Caer Caradoc.

(Photo: James Russell)

Date:Sunday 24th

Time:10:30

Start:The Outdoor Depot

A great introduction to the hills on the east side of the Stretton Gap, taking in Hope Bowdler Hill and Caer Caradoc.

Starting from the town, we start by heading up towards Hazler Hill, which we then skirt around as we make our way towards Hope Bowdler Hill. We climb this from the south, and continue up and over its summit. We take in the views from here and from nearby Willstone Hill before descending to the old Cwms Lane. Crossing this, we then climb up Caer Caradoc to our highest point on the walk with extensive views all round. After a quick look at the Cave, we return down by a different route, and back to Stretton. Not a particular long walk in terms of distance, but it has its fair share of steep ascents. They'll be plenty of time for breaks, so bring food and drink.

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

(Photo: James Russell)

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Little Trekkers

Little Trekkers

Key Points:

D: 3miles5km

A: littlelittle

G: Easy

£: £5

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Calling all young trekkers! It's time to put on your boots and start walking! Join the National Trust Ranger for a gentle walk around some of the beautiful valleys on the Long Mynd.

Date:Sunday 24th

Time:10:30

Start:Carding Mill Valley

Calling all young trekkers! It's time to put on your boots and start walking! Join the National Trust Ranger for a gentle walk around some of the beautiful valleys on the Long Mynd.

The walk will take about 90 minutes to complete and involve walking on uneven ground. You must remember to bring an adult with you to carry your heavy rucksack!! Meet 10:30 in the yard outside the property office in Carding Mill Valley.

For ages 4 to 9, must be accompanied by an adult.

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