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Descriptions of Walks

We have divided the whole walking area into three sectors and attempted to ensure that the walks on every day cover a variety of these. This should enable you to plan your walks in different areas in order to avoid walking the same routes.

To see or download a map of walking sectors, scroll down to the bottom of this page.


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Thursday 5th June 2014
Walk no / Title: 1 -
Golden Valley

Distance / Pace: 11.5 miles / Moderate
Sector(s): 2
Duration / Lunch: Full Day / Picnic
Start time / place:
09:30am - Silvester Horne Institute
Leaders: John Knowles & Paul Watts

General Description

Starting in the quiet of Rectory Wood, this walk proceeds to the delights of Carding Mill Valley before going up and over the Long Mynd into Golden Valley.  The walk returns across the Betchcott Hills to reach the heights of the southern end of the Long Mynd and into the peaceful Batch Valley.

There is one long ascent in the morning and moderate ascents and descents for the remainder of the walk.


1569Thursday 5th June 2014
Walk no / Title: 2 – Haddon Hill [CANCELLED]

Distance / Pace: 10.5 miles / Moderate
Sector(s): 1 and 2
Duration / Lunch: Full Day / Pub
Start time / place:
09:30am - Silvester Horne Institute
Leaders: Paul Watts and John Knowles

General Description

Heading out of Carding Mill Valley, this walk goes up onto the golf course and Haddon Hill before reaching the Portway – the ancient drovers road which runs along the top of the Long Mynd. Returning into Carding Mill Valley, for a look at the delightful New Pool Hollow, we end up in town for a welcome pub lunch. The afternoon circuit heads up the dramatic Townbrook Hollow before descending steeply into Ashes Hollow and returning to town through the woods.

There is one steep ascent in the morning and one steep descent in the afternoon.


Thursday 5th June 2014
Walk no / Title: 3 – Pole Bank

Distance / Pace: 6.5 miles / Moderate
Sector(s): 1 and 2
Duration Half Day
Start time / place:
09:30am - Silvester Horne Institute
Leaders: Guy Sjögren & Trish Howard

General Description

We start in the dramatic vista of Townbrook Hollow, meandering slowly uphill to eventually reach Pole Bank (the very top of the Long Mynd) with superb 360 degree views all around. The return is along the Portway before descending into Carding Mill Valley. The view from the top here was voted amongst the top ten views in the country.

There are no steep ascents, but one moderately steep descent.


Friday 6th June 2014
Walk no / Title: 4 – Wentnor

Distance / Pace: 13.25 miles / Fast
Sector(s): 1
Duration / Lunch: Full Day / Pub
Start time / place:
09:30am - Silvester Horne Institute
Leaders: Liz and John Knowles

General Description

This long walk crosses the spine of the Long Mynd, approached via our most beautiful valley and incorporates a visit to Lightspout Waterfall en route – which can either be a dramatic torrent or a tiny trickle depending on the weather! We descend the other side of the Long Mynd to walk along Adstone Hill before reaching the tiny village of Wentnor for lunch. The return uses lesser used paths back up the Mynd to reach Pole Bank at the top and descends back into Church Stretton via the locally famous 100 steps route (actually, there are more but who’s counting?).

There is one short steep ascent and one steep descent in the afternoon and care needs to be taken climbing the steps by the waterfall.

Friday 6th June 2014
Walk no / Title: 5 – Cardington [FULL]

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Distance / Pace: 10.25 miles / Moderate
Sector(s): 3
Duration / Lunch: Full Day / Pub
Start time / place:
09:30am - Silvester Horne Institute
Leaders: Paul & Lesley Godwin

General Description

An ancient volcanic landscape awaits your morning walk, passing a Roman look-out point and into a lush valley of green to reach the picturesque village of Cardington for lunch at an ancient hostelry. Don’t get lost in the Wilderness after lunch, but make sure you ascend the historic peak and hill fort of Caer Carodoc, walk along the spine with its superb views over Church Stretton and the surrounding hills – don’t miss this fabulous walk – it’s worth the effort.

There are lots of moderate ascents and decents on this walk along the ridgelines of both Hope Bowdler and Caer Caradoc.

Friday 6th June 2014
Walk no / Title: 6 – Caer Caradoc

Distance / Pace: 6.5 miles / Moderate
Sector(s): 3
Duration Half Day
Start time / place:
09:30am - Silvester Horne Institute
Leaders: David and Trish Howard

General Description

Leaving Stretton by the delightful Hazler Woods, this walk proceeds initially along the lower slopes of the Stretton Hills before ascending gradually to the dizzy heights of Caer Caradoc , visiting Caractacus’ cave en route. The viewpoint from Three Fingers Rock across the Stretton Valley is one not to be missed.

There are moderate ascents and descents on this walk.

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Saturday 7th June 2014
Walk no / Title: 7 – Stiperstones

Distance / Pace: 11.5 miles / Fast
Sector(s): 1 and 2
Duration / Lunch: Full Day / Pub
Start time / place:
09:30am - Silvester Horne Institute
Transport: Minibus to start
Leaders: Barbara Vickery and John Vose

General Description

This is a super, strenuous, linear walk, taken at a cracking pace. After a half hour minibus ride, the walk leaves the wild Stiperstones ridge and enters Hells Gutter. The devil stumbled here and let the stones from his apron drop to form the jagged, bleak Stiperstones ridge. Over two more hills before a well-earned lunch at Bridges, a lovely relaxing pub…. then we gradually ascend the Long Mynd to reach more undulating and rounded country. We finally descend into Church Stretton using ridgelines rather than valleys to take full advantage of the stunning views.

There are some long uphill slogs on this walk and one final steep descent.

Saturday 7th June 2014
Walk no / Title: 8 – Hope Bowdler

Distance / Pace: 9.25 miles / Moderate
Sector(s): 2 and 3
Duration / Lunch: Full Day / Picnic
Start time / place:
09:30am - Silvester Horne Institute
Leaders: Ian Cartwright and Darren Hall

General Description

Heading east out of Stretton, this walk goes into the pretty little village of Hope Bowdler, swinging around the hilltops of the Stretton Hills, before finally climbing the majestic Caer Caradoc for fabulous views across the valley to the Long Mynd. We then descend into the undiscovered delights of Cwmdale, via All Stretton village and back into Church Stretton.

There are lots of ups and downs on this walk and one steep descent from Caer Caradoc.

Saturday 7th June 2014
1564Walk no / Title: 9 – Lightspout Hollow

Distance / Pace: 6.75 miles / Slow
Sector(s): 2
Duration / Lunch: Extended Half Day / Picnic
Start time / place:
09:30am - Silvester Horne Institute
Leaders: Nick Robinson and Trevor Halsey

General Description

This walk is led by a National Trust Warden who will be introducing you to the work of the Trust and how it preserves the magnificent landscape around you. Consequently, the pace will be slow to incorporate lots of opportunities to learn about the geology, flora and fauna of the area. The walk will take you to both the New Pool Hollow reservoir and Lightspout waterfall before ascending to the spine of the Long Mynd for stunning views. The return is via Haddon Hill and Batch Valley.

There are moderate ascents and descents on this walk and care needs to be taken climbing the steps by the waterfall.

Sunday 8th June 2014
Walk no / Title: 10 – Little Stretton

Distance / Pace: 11.75 miles / Fast
Sector(s): 1 and 3
Duration / Lunch: Full Day / Pub
Start time / place:
09:30am - Silvester Horne Institute
Leaders: Barbara Vickery and John Vose

General Description

We leave Carding Mill Valley via the steep rocky ridge of The Pike onto Haddon Hill (a tough climb), before hitting the Portway and Pole Bank at the top of the Long Mynd. There are stunning views in all directions from this point. We descend via lovely grassy paths into the delightful village of Little Stretton for a well earned lunch. But don’t eat too much as we have the steep ascent of Ragleth Hill immediately after lunch – along its spine into the picturesque woodlands around Hazler and Helmeth Hills, before returning to Church Stretton.

There are two steep ascents on this walk.

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Sunday 8th June 2014
Walk no / Title: 11 – Acton Scott [FULL]

Distance / Pace: 9.5 miles / Moderate
Sector(s): 3
Duration / Lunch: Full Day / Cafe
Start time / place:
09:30am - Silvester Horne Institute
Leaders: Ian Cartwright & Darren Hall

General Description

This walk follows lower level gentle paths, meandering through tiny hamlets and farmlands to reach the famous “Victorian Farm” of Acton Scott for lunch. There will be plenty of time to listen to the stories about the area from the walk leader. The return is via the lower slopes of Ragleth Hill, through the woods and onto the “Coffin Path” back into Church Stretton. A relaxing country stroll.

There are no steep ascents or descents on this walk.


2544Sunday 8th June 2014
Walk no / Title: 12 – Ashes Hollow

Distance / Pace: 7.5 miles / Slow
Sector(s): 1
Duration / Lunch: Extended Half Day / Picnic
Start time / place:
09:30am - Silvester Horne Institute
Leaders: Nick Robinson and Trevor Halsey

General Description

This walk will be led by a National Trust warden who will introduce you to the work of the National Trust in preserving the landscape around you. Consequently, the pace will be slow to incorporate lots of opportunities to learn about the geology, flora and fauna of the area. We proceed out of Stretton along lower paths into the incredibly beautiful Ashes Hollow. With its magnificent towering hillsides, rushing stream and narrow gorge, this valley is a pure delight. The walk heads up to the top of the Long Mynd at Pole Bank before returning back via Townbrook Hollow into the quiet of Rectory Wood.

There is a long ascent up Ashes Hollow and care needs to be taken in the gorge section which can be tricky underfoot in places, particularly when wet.



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[Page updated 30 May 2014 by AJA]


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