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The Long Mynd and Burway (0 miles)


The Long Mynd

Although from a distance the top of Long Mynd appears to be relatively flat, large valleys eat into the edges. Once managed as a grouse moor, today the Long Mynd is owned and maintained by the National Trust. Many local people have rights to graze sheep there. The highest point on Long Mynd is at Pole Bank - 516 metres, or just less than 1700 feet. a long hill that forms a major part of the South Shropshire Hills. It is essentially a moorland plateau, approximately 10 miles long in a north-south direction, and approximately 4 miles across at its widest point.

The Long Mynd is a large and long plateau which, together with the Stiperstones, 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. Mynd means 'mountain' in Welsh.

This beautiful landscape was created when some of Britain's oldest rocks were pushed to the surface along the Church Stretton fault. It has since been shaped by human activity for thousands of years with scattered archaeological remains from the Bronze Age, Iron Age and Medieval times.

Long Mynd Walk (8 miles)

Long Mynd to Hopesay (? Miles)


The Burway

For those who want an easy way up to the plateau on the Long Mynd- you can always go by car. So even on a rainy day you can admire the magnificant views that the Long Mynd has to offer! Although this hill road leading from Church Stretton, known as 'The Burway' is certainly not for the faint-hearted! Drivers face a sheer drop down the hillside on one side and the road is just wide enough for one car in places! Once at the top you get amazing views and many gliders as this is where the gliding club is based.

The Burway is an ancient route which leads up from the town to the plateau on the Long Mynd and is Shropshire's highest public road, reaching 492 metres (1,614 ft) above sea level and passing close to the highest point of the Long Mynd, called Pole Bank (516 m).

Running along the plateau of the Long Mynd is another ancient route called the Portway, though not all of this is open to motor traffic. The Burway is a through-route allowing traffic (though not goods vehicles or caravans or similar) to cross over the Long Mynd westwards to either Ratlinghope or Asterton (the route splits into two at Boiling Well). In winter, deep snow can often make the Burway impassible however, even in modern times.

The gliding club on the southern end of the Long Mynd can be accessed via the Burway from either Asterton or Church Stretton. The part of the road within the town is called Burway Road and begins at the crossroads in the town centre, where the B5477 and B4371 meet.

N.B Drivers are advised NOT to drive the Burway in icy or snowy conditions. This road is very dangerous in such conditions as it is steep with no barriers so if you slip you can easily go over the edge.  Inexperienced drivers are cautioned not to drive this road in any condition as it is single track.