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Carding Mill Valley (less than 1 mile)

Carding Mill Valley
Church Stretton
Shropshire
SY6 6JG

Tel: 01694 723068
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Website: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/carding-mill-valley-and-shropshire-hills/

 

Carding Mill Valley

Only a five minute walk from Church Stretton town or as you park up at this Shropshire beauty spot (National Trust entrance fee to park), the children will be scrambling to get out of the car to play in the brook and climb up the grassy banks (don't forget a plastic bag or cardboard box so you can slide down the slopes!). In winter this is a sledgers heaven for all age groups with snowy gentle slopes for the young and old and steeper slopes to challenge the best of the rest!

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Walk on up to the tea-room for a tasty treat before you head up to the hills, choose a path to follow and climb to the top. As you pass the sheep on the way, you'll notice all the noise of everyday life drifting away, the traffic on the roads disappears and you get closer to nature. At the top you can see for miles around with breathtaking views across Shropshire, Cheshire and the Black Mountains. Covering as much as 2,000 hectares (4,942 acres) of heather-covered hills with stunning views, this is an important place for wildlife, geology and archaeology.

From the top car park there is a a 10-20min walk up to a very pretty waterfall. See if you can pick some whinberries on the way up!

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Comedy actress Jo Brand described this lush, stream-trickling valley as her favourite place on earth. Many would concur with her view. It's the crown of Stretton's jewels. The magnificent gateway to the rambling splendour of the Mynd. Children play in the fresh water pools and streams spilling from the hummocky hills. Families picnic. Countless walks fan out from the Carding Mill through interlocking valleys and onto the 5,000-acre mound of The Long Mynd - wild, blustery and magical.

The Long Mynd is a large and long plateau, while the rugged outline of the Stiperstones ridge is unmistakable. Together, they make up the largest area of heathland in the Shropshire Hills. Come late summer these hilltops are a sea of purple and not to be missed. Along with the heather a variety of other plants flourish here including bilberry (known locally as whinberry), and this in turn attracts many insects and birds - look out for a green hairstreak butterfly or stonechat on the gorse.

The hills are truly alive - there are year-round events that you can join in with, from bird watching courses, pond-dipping, to map reading for youngsters and picking the whinberry fruits.

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