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.

We are also planning a few more walks, including a Malcolm Saville walk, which will be of particular interest to readers of the Lone Pine books! Details will be added just as soon as we've firmed them up!

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

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

How to Book

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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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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. So this will be a walk back through time exploring how the objects in the sky influenced the lives of ancient people. Could they measure time, could they count and calculate, how did they teach their offspring about the mysteries of the skies? Starts at 20:30; meetup from 20:00. This walk will take about an hour and a half. Starting and finishing at the National Trust Tea Room, Carding Mill Valley (SatNav SY6 6JG). 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 presentation.

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

(Photo: Andrew Fusek-Peters (Website))

Date:Thursday 21st

Time:20:30

Start:Carding Mill Valley

At this time of year, it doesn't get really dark. Sunset is at 21:37. So this will be a walk back through time exploring how the objects in the sky influenced the lives of ancient people. Could they measure time, could they count and calculate, how did they teach their offspring about the mysteries of the skies? Starts at 20:30; meetup from 20:00. This walk will take about an hour and a half. Starting and finishing at the National Trust Tea Room, Carding Mill Valley (SatNav SY6 6JG). 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 presentation.

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

How to Book

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This is a walk for the amateur photographer of all levels, taking in some of the best landscape panoramas 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 amateur photographer of all levels, taking in some of the best landscape panoramas we have in The Shropshire Hills.

All cameras and abilities are welcome. Our local photography expert Geoff Taylor (Website) will take you on a short but strenuous walk to some of his favourite landscape photography places on Hope Bowdler hill and Caer Caradoc, offering hints and tips on how to get best results. Even if the light conditions are not great you will still get to go on a fabulous walk and learn some photography tips along the way. The walk will take 5 - 6 hours, so be sure to bring a 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' - Pole Bank to Ragleth

'Minding the Gap' - Pole Bank to Ragleth

Key Points:

D: TBCTBC

A: TBCTBC

G: Strenuous

£: £5

How to Book

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

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

Date:Friday 22nd

Time:10:00

Start:Church Stretton Library

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

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

(Photo: Walker on Ragleth Hill, 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

How to Book

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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

How to Book

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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

How to Book

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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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AONB 60th Birthday Walk

AONB 60th Birthday Walk

Key Points:

D: TBCTBC

A: TBCTBC

G: Moderate

£: £5

How to Book

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A great way to celebrate AONB's 60th Birthday! Details to follow.

(Photo: James Russell)

Date:Saturday 23rd

Time:10:00

Start:Church Stretton Library

A great way to celebrate AONB's 60th Birthday! Details to follow.

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

(Photo: James Russell)

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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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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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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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