Long Mynd, Walks Church Stretton, Shropshire - England where to go, what to see and where to stay in Wales


Church Stretton Shropshire England
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The Long Mynd is 10 miles (16 km) south of Shrewsbury in Shropshire, England. To the west are the Stiperstones and to the east The Wrekin. The Long Mynd comprises many hills and moors and is part of the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (the name Long Mynd means "Long Mountain", and is derived from the Welsh word for mountain - mynydd). The phrase "area of outstanding natural beauty" can sometimes be used too freely, but the rolling hills of the Long Mynd when carpeted in late summer heather are truly a beautiful site.| The eastern edge of the Long Mynd has many steep valleys, though it rises up to a more easily accessible heathland plateau on its western edge. Ancient tracks and pathways criss-cross the plateau, providing wonderful walks to suit every age and ability. And fortunately Shropshire Council in its wisdom runs shuttle buses that enable walkers to be dropped at the top of the hills enabling a pleasant downhill walk back to the local villages. Principal settlements in the area are Church Stretton, Little Stretton, All Stretton, Pulverbatch, Smethcott, Woolstaston, Myndtown, and Wentnor, with shuttles run from Carding Mill Valley and Church Stretton.| Carding Mill valley is the ideal starting point to find out about the wildlife, history and conservation work on the Long Mynd. Events and activities take place there throughout the year and many walks start or finish in the valley.| The picturesque town of Church Stretton is set in the heart of the hills and has been a popular visitor destination since victorian times. There are plenty of cafes, crafts and antique shops and lots of walks start in the town. Use the Shuttle to climb the Long Mynd and enjoy the downhill walk with breathtaking views. The Shuttle travels up the ancient route of the Burway before emerging onto the Long Mynd plateau where visitors may appreciate the flora and fauna including ponies, sheep, bats and wild birds including the rare Ring Ouzel. Listen for the skylarks, pipits and red grouse which breed up here, and watch the sky for circling buzzards and ravens.| Extensive views of the surrounding area can be seen from the summit of nearly every hill: to Cheshire in the north; the Welsh Cambrian Mountains to the west (as far as Snowdonia on clear days); Caer Caradoc, The Wrekin, and the Clee Hills of Shropshire to the east; and the Clun Forest to the south. The highest points on the Long Mynd include Pole Bank 516m (1,692ft), Long Synalds 490m (1,607ft), Wild Moor 487m (1,597ft), Calf Ridge 468m (1,535ft), Haddon Hill 467m (1,532ft), Yearlet 465m (1,525ft), and Round Hill 463m (1,519ft).
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