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Walk: The Long Mynd, Shropshire
and Finish: Church Stretton. Distance:
Time: 4 Hours Map: OS Landranger 137
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This is a circular walk starting and finishing in the pleasant town of Church Stretton, it starts in the town and climbs up on to the Long Mynd giving fine views towards the Welsh Borders in clear weather. The walk is moderate in difficulty and route finding is fairly straight forward.
Start from the square in the town centre, head north and at the crossroads go left on Burway road which bears right and climbs steadily uphill. Go across a cattle grid and near the National Trust sign take the track on the right.
Follow the path which runs along a steep sided heather slope, with a stream in the Carding Mill valley below and to the right. The path joins the road in the valley, follow the road past the National Trust visitor centre and cafe. Now cross a footbridge on the right and turn left along a path which soon rejoins the road which is followed to a car park.
Cross a footbridge on the left and continue along the path with a stream on the right, where the path divides take the right hand fork and continue uphill in a pleasant valley. The path levels off to reach open moorland, continue along Motts road until the path joins a track.
Turn left along the track and follow this until a tarmac road is reached, cross the road and follow a path through heather to reach the trig point of Pole Bank. I am assured that there are good views to be had from here but sadly it was fairly dull and misty when I was there so I cannot comment personally.
Follow the path from the trig point to a road, turn right and follow this road, beyond pole cottage which is actually a tin hut surrounded by a few trees, take the broad track on the left at the footpath sign for Little Stretton.
At a junction in the path take the left hand fork which runs high up on the side of the Ashes Hollow valley. The path widens to a track which is followed down to meet the road in the village of Little Stretton, the B road can then be followed back to the starting point at Chuch Stretton.