Long Mynd, Church Stretton.
Nearly a week ago OH and myself went off to visit my sister, Rosemary and her husband, Stan in Church Stretton at the foot of the Shropshire Hills. We drove through rain, sunshine, road traffic works and got stuck behind a young girl driving a horse box, very gingerly! However, we arrived around 11.30 and had a coffee and chat before eating delicious homemade parsnip soup and rolls.
After lunch we donned walking attire and set off down Snatchfield Lane over the railway bridge, through the little town and in to Carding Mill Valley.
The hills rise steeply on both sides and this little chap was serenading us as we passed by.
The stream runs alongside the road and after we passed the National Trust cafe we saw that the wild ponies had come down from the hills.
A little way further on, next to the top car park, the walk proper starts. OH and I did the whole of this walk when we lived in Herefordshire and it goes right to the top of the Mynd but we didn’t do that……..but follow on and be prepared for the spectacular scenery.
This is the point where we would have gone to the right but my sister took us another shorter way back…………and a blooming scary narrow path high up…..yikes!!!
My sister, unlike me, isn’t scared of heights and kept telling me it would be fine in a minute!!!
This tiny path suddenly turned a corner where there was a big drop before evening out……but I’m proud to say I made it!
OH pontificating to Stan!
Views over to Church Stretton. Oh look there’s Rosemary’s house!
3 of the Musketeers followed by the fourth!
Looking down into Carding Mill Valley and one of the whitest sheep you have ever seen, they were pristine.
The ground evened out a bit here as it led to the reservoir which, apparently, doesn’t get used apart from wild swimming. At this point I was feeling pretty exhilarated and the weather was beautiful.
We made our way down some steps and meandered back to the valley.
As we neared the town I spotted this enormous tree.
We walked back to Rosemary’s to enjoy a lovely mug of tea and her lemon drizzle cake. We enjoyed the walk so much we are even thinking of spending a few days in a cottage in that area and doing some more walks. I hope you enjoyed it too.