The Walks, and other Events

The 2017 Walking Festival is now over. Many thanks to all who joined us on our walks, and we hope you had a great time! In case you missed out, here are the walks we offered...

Pre-Festival Events

Map & Compass Course - Sun 18th June

Map & Compass Course - Sun 18th June

Key Points:

D: 4miles6.5km

A: 200ft60m

G: Moderate

£: £15

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Learn navigational skills by our resident local qualified Mountain Leader, NNAS instructor and D of E assessor. This course is designed to teach the attendees how to navigate, take bearings on a compass, read maps for navigational purposes.

Date:Sunday 18th June

Time:14:00

Start:The Outdoor Depot

Learn navigational skills by our resident local qualified Mountain Leader, NNAS instructor and D of E assessor. This course is designed to teach the attendees how to navigate, take bearings on a compass, read maps for navigational purposes.

Taking around 3-4hours, this is great for both beginners and those wishing to brush up on those skills that may not have been used for a while. Learn how to take grid references and navigate your way whilst enjoying the beautiful scenery of the Long Mynd. Excellent value at £15; a course like this is normally £70 per person. If there is sufficient demand, we will run a second course in the afternoon.

Please refer to Info Page for general notes about the walks.

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Thursday's Walks

Batches and Valleys

Batches and Valleys

Key Points:

D: 12miles19km

A: 3000ft920m

G: Strenuous

£: £5

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Strenuous 12mile19km challenge walk with about 3000ft920m of ascent.

Date:Thursday 22nd

Time:09:30

Start:St Laurence's Church

Strenuous 12mile19km challenge walk with about 3000ft920m of ascent.

This guided walk takes in some of the most stunning areas of the Shropshire Hills such as Ashes Hollow and Barristers Plain. We will stop for a pub lunch at an excellent eatery, mostly known to locals, about 4miles6.5km away from Church Stretton. In the afternoon we will continue our adventure on the other side of the A49, south and east of Church Stretton, and back to the town.

Please refer to Info Page for general notes about the walks.

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Walk on the Wild Side

Walk on the Wild Side

Key Points:

D: 6miles9.5km

A: 1000ft310m

G: Moderate

£: £5

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Join our wildlife specialist / ex National Trust Ranger for the Long Mynd, who will take you on a walk to view the incredible scenery, fauna and flora of the upland moorland of the Long Mynd.

(Photo: Andrew Fusek-Peters (Website))

Date:Thursday 22nd

Time:10:00

Start:Carding Mill Valley

Join our wildlife specialist / ex National Trust Ranger for the Long Mynd, who will take you on a walk to view the incredible scenery, fauna and flora of the upland moorland of the Long Mynd.

This will be a steady walk of around 3.5-4hours, with stops along the way, taking you to some of the best wildlife hotspots of the Long Mynd.

Please refer to Info Page for general notes about the walks.

(Photo: Andrew Fusek-Peters (Website))

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Woodland Wonder

Woodland Wonder

Key Points:

D: 1mile1.5km

A: littlelittle

G: Easy

£: FREE

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A free walk, for Parents and Toddlers, Bumps and Babes.

This is a free event; no need to book - just turn up!

Date:Thursday 22nd

Time:10:00

Start:Parish Centre

A free walk, for Parents and Toddlers, Bumps and Babes.

This is a free event; no need to book - just turn up!

This is organised by St. Laurence's Toddler Group, who meet every Thursday morning. Meet up at St. Laurence's Parish Centre (opposite the church) just before 10am.

Please refer to Info Page for general notes about the walks.

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Buggies and Babies

Buggies and Babies

Key Points:

D: 2miles3km

A: littlelittle

G: Easy

£: £5

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Please note that this event has been cancelled. Bring your pram and baby and join the National Trust Ranger on a leisurely 60minute stroll through Carding Mill Valley.

Date:Thursday 22nd

Time:10:30

Start:Carding Mill Valley

Please note that this event has been cancelled. Bring your pram and baby and join the National Trust Ranger on a leisurely 60minute stroll through Carding Mill Valley.

The route will avoid steep climbs and steps but there will be a gentle gradient. We will stop for tea, coffee and light refreshments at the end of the walk. Meet 10.30am in the yard outside the property office in Carding Mill Valley.

Note that the £5 cost is per adult - the Buggies and Babies are free!

Please refer to Info Page for general notes about the walks.

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Geology Walk

Geology Walk

Key Points:

D: 4miles6.5km

A: TBCTBC

G: Moderate

£: £5

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A great opportunity to learn about the geology and history of the Long Mynd in this short 3-4mile5-6.5km walk with challenging and hilly terrain taken at a leisurely pace to focus on the geology.

(Photo: Andrew Fusek-Peters (Website))

Date:Thursday 22nd

Time:10:30

Start:Carding Mill Valley

A great opportunity to learn about the geology and history of the Long Mynd in this short 3-4mile5-6.5km walk with challenging and hilly terrain taken at a leisurely pace to focus on the geology.

Shropshire is regarded as the Geographical capital of Britain and Church Stretton is the Jewel in the crown. The Long Mynd is 600 million years old and offers an incredibly diverse range of geological features.

Please refer to Info Page for general notes about the walks.

(Photo: Andrew Fusek-Peters (Website))

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Walking for Health

Walking for Health

Key Points:

D: 3miles5km

A: littlelittle

G: Easy

£: FREE

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A beautiful 1hour guided walk sticking to the lower slopes of the Long Mynd; this walk is designed for those who want to take it easier.

This is a free event; no need to book - just turn up!

Date:Thursday 22nd

Time:10:30

Start:Health & Wellbeing Centre

A beautiful 1hour guided walk sticking to the lower slopes of the Long Mynd; this walk is designed for those who want to take it easier.

This is a free event; no need to book - just turn up!

This walk, which is part of the regular local Walking for Health series, is suitable for people who are looking to increase their activity levels. It may include some moderate slopes, steps, uneven surfaces and possibly stiles.

Please meet at the Health and Wellbeing Centre in Easthope Rd; please arrive around 10mins before the start time.

Please refer to Info Page for general notes about the walks.

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Stars in your Skies

Stars in your Skies

Key Points:

D: 2miles3km

A: 200ft60m

G: Moderate

£: £5

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At this time of year, it doesn't get really dark. Sunset is at 21.38 BST. So this will be a walk back through time exploring how the objects in the sky influenced the lives of ancient people. Could they measure time, could they count and calculate, how did they teach their offspring about the mysteries of the skies? Starts at 20.30; meetup from 20.00. This walk will take about an hour and a half. Starting and finishing at the National Trust Tea Room, Carding Mill Valley (SatNav SY6 6JG). We are of course hoping for clear skies, however if this does not happen we have a back up plan and may hold an indoor astronomy presentation.

For more information about Stars in your Skies, see the Stars in your Skies Facebook Page or Website.

(Photo: Andrew Fusek-Peters (Website))

Date:Thursday 22nd

Time:20:30

Start:Carding Mill Valley

At this time of year, it doesn't get really dark. Sunset is at 21.38 BST. So this will be a walk back through time exploring how the objects in the sky influenced the lives of ancient people. Could they measure time, could they count and calculate, how did they teach their offspring about the mysteries of the skies? Starts at 20.30; meetup from 20.00. This walk will take about an hour and a half. Starting and finishing at the National Trust Tea Room, Carding Mill Valley (SatNav SY6 6JG). We are of course hoping for clear skies, however if this does not happen we have a back up plan and may hold an indoor astronomy presentation.

For more information about Stars in your Skies, see the Stars in your Skies Facebook Page or Website.

Please refer to Info Page for general notes about the walks.

(Photo: Andrew Fusek-Peters (Website))

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Friday's Walks

Sky Line Walk 18mile29km Challenge

Sky Line Walk 18mile29km Challenge

Key Points:

D: 18miles29km

A: 3200ft980m

G: Strenuous

£: £5

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A challenging 18mile29km walk designed for the walking enthusiast, with plenty of ascent and challenging terrain. For the experienced amongst us. Difficulty 5 out of 5.

(Photo: Burway Hill and Townbrook Hollow, by Geoff Taylor (Website))

Date:Friday 23rd

Time:08:30

Start:Carding Mill Valley

A challenging 18mile29km walk designed for the walking enthusiast, with plenty of ascent and challenging terrain. For the experienced amongst us. Difficulty 5 out of 5.

There will be good opportunities to see upland birdlife such as kites, buzzards and red grouse and also some amazing geology including the 470 million year old shale rocks of the Long Mynd and the volcanic hills of Caer Caradoc and Ragleth. The route involves four steep climbs to summits (total ascent over 3200ft976m) and will provide a stiff challenge to all but the fittest of walkers. To complete this 8-9 hour walk will require good levels of fitness and stamina.

Please refer to Info Page for general notes about the walks.

(Photo: Burway Hill and Townbrook Hollow, by Geoff Taylor (Website))

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Wentnor Wanderer

Wentnor Wanderer

Key Points:

D: 12.5miles20km

A: 2200ft670m

G: Strenuous

£: £5

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The Wentnor Wanderer is a strenuous 12.5mile20km long guided walk with around 2200ft670m of ascent, and includes a pub break.

Date:Friday 23rd

Time:09:30

Start:St Laurence's Church

The Wentnor Wanderer is a strenuous 12.5mile20km long guided walk with around 2200ft670m of ascent, and includes a pub break.

We hope to finish the walk within 6-7hours including the odd break and lunch break at the Crown Pub in Wentnor. It's an up and over and back again route, following some of the less used paths on the Long Mynd.

Please refer to Info Page for general notes about the walks.

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Landscape Photography Walk

Landscape Photography Walk

Key Points:

D: 5.5miles9km

A: 1475ft450m

G: Moderate

£: £5

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This is a walk for the amateur photographer of all levels, taking in some of the best landscape panoramas we have in The Shropshire Hills.

Date:Friday 23rd

Time:10:00

Start:Hope Bowdler Village Hall

This is a walk for the amateur photographer of all levels, taking in some of the best landscape panoramas we have in The Shropshire Hills.

All cameras and abilities are welcome. Our local photography expert Geoff Taylor (Website) will take you on a short but strenuous walk to some of his favourite landscape photography places, offering hints and tips on how to get best results. Even if the light conditions are not great you will still get to go on a fabulous walk and learn some photography tips along the way.

Please refer to Info Page for general notes about the walks.

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Ragleth Ramble

Ragleth Ramble

Key Points:

D: 8miles13km

A: 1250ft380m

G: Moderate

£: £5

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New for 2017 - around 8miles13km long on some of the lesser trodden footpaths and bridleways through Ragdon, Chelmick and Hope Bowdler and over Ragleth Hill. The walk should take around 4-5hours.

(Photo: Walker on Ragleth Hill, by Geoff Taylor (Website))

Date:Friday 23rd

Time:10:30

Start:The Outdoor Depot

New for 2017 - around 8miles13km long on some of the lesser trodden footpaths and bridleways through Ragdon, Chelmick and Hope Bowdler and over Ragleth Hill. The walk should take around 4-5hours.

After leaving Church Stretton, we will walk to the picturesque village of Hope Bowdler. From there we will use some of the lesser walked paths in the area and follow an old waterway of pools, that used to feed a mill at Chelmick. We will then use some permissive paths through interesting farmland. The next part will climb steeply to Ragleth Hill, which offers splendid 360° views of the county. The view over to the Long Mynd is particularly interesting. We will then return, through fields, coppices and porcine topiary, back to Church Stretton.

Please refer to Info Page for general notes about the walks.

(Photo: Walker on Ragleth Hill, by Geoff Taylor (Website))

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Meet the Walk Leader

Meet the Walk Leader

Key Points:

D: n/an/a

A: n/an/a

G: n/a

£: n/a

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A social in The Bucks Head Hotel, Church Stretton, where you can meet up with some of our walk leaders and fellow walkers. Pop in and say hello!

Date:Friday 23rd

Time:19:00

Start:Bucks Head Hotel

A social in The Bucks Head Hotel, Church Stretton, where you can meet up with some of our walk leaders and fellow walkers. Pop in and say hello!

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Saturday's Walks

The Mynd Drover

The Mynd Drover

Key Points:

D: 26/18/13m42/29/21km

A: 4600ft1400m

G: Strenuous

£: £25

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Due to overwhelming support in 2016 the Mynd Drover is back for 2017. Last year we raised thousands of pounds for the local secondary school PTA to help fund a new performing arts PA system; thanks to all who took part and the amazing volunteers who made this event such a success.

Date:Saturday 24th

Time:From 8am - please see rules

Start:Church Stretton School

Due to overwhelming support in 2016 the Mynd Drover is back for 2017. Last year we raised thousands of pounds for the local secondary school PTA to help fund a new performing arts PA system; thanks to all who took part and the amazing volunteers who made this event such a success.

This is a self-guided walk, and new for this year, is an additional 18mile29km option and a guided 13mile21km walk option.

The Mynd Drover is a challenge walk/run of 26miles42km with 4600ft1400m of ascent, with alternative routes of 18 and 13miles29 and 21km. The routes have challenging mixed terrain and exceptional scenery. Checkpoint refreshments will be provided and a simple post-event meal. The route takes walkers and runners to the more remote corners of our beautiful Long Mynd range along less used ancient sunken lanes, bridleways and footpaths. As a self-guided walk participants will be provided with route grid references. A 13mile21km guided walk with limited places will be available.

Start and finish at Church Stretton School. Optional sponsorship forms will be provided. All profits and sponsorship will support the work of Church Stretton School PTA.

£25 per entry including booking fee.

Under 18s (over 14 year olds) to be accompanied by an adult. Sorry, no dogs.

Please refer to Mynd Drover Rules Page for important information about The Mynd Drover.

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Pub Walk to Cardington

Pub Walk to Cardington

Key Points:

D: 9miles14.5km

A: 1250ft380m

G: Moderate

£: £5

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A steady guided walk with a break at the charming country pub The Royal Oak at scenic Cardington.

Date:Saturday 24th

Time:10:00

Start:The Outdoor Depot

A steady guided walk with a break at the charming country pub The Royal Oak at scenic Cardington.

This walk takes in Hope Bowdler Hill, which has extensive views across to the Long Mynd and nearby Caer Caradoc to the west, and towards Wenlock Edge to the east. Terrain is mostly grassy under foot and contains steep ascents and descents. The walk should be around 6hours including breaks.

Please refer to Info Page for general notes about the walks.

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Nordic Walking

Nordic Walking

Key Points:

D: 2.5miles4km

A: 200ft60m

G: Moderate

£: £5

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An introduction to Nordic walking - Come and try the relatively new sport of Nordic Walking by a fully qualified Nordic Walking Instructor. Special Nordic Walking Poles will be provided; just bring sensible footwear and suitable clothing for the day. Nordic Walking is a fantastic way to work out, exercising and toning around 80% of the bodies skeletal muscle groups. This sport is for all ages and abilities.

Date:Saturday 24th

Time:10:00

Start:The Outdoor Depot

An introduction to Nordic walking - Come and try the relatively new sport of Nordic Walking by a fully qualified Nordic Walking Instructor. Special Nordic Walking Poles will be provided; just bring sensible footwear and suitable clothing for the day. Nordic Walking is a fantastic way to work out, exercising and toning around 80% of the bodies skeletal muscle groups. This sport is for all ages and abilities.

2-3miles3-5km max, with a small amount of ascent, however some areas are quite steep; graded 2-3 out of 5 (a walk for reasonably fit people with at least a little country walking experience; may include un-surfaced rural paths and steps).

Please refer to Info Page for general notes about the walks.

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Our Sun, by Stars in your Skies

Our Sun, by Stars in your Skies

Key Points:

D: n/an/a

A: n/an/a

G: Easy

£: FREE

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Taking place in Carding Mill Valley from 12noon until 5pm, this mid-summer day-time event will concentrate upon our sun. Pete and others will have their Solar scopes at the ready, and you can see our sun in close-up action.

This is a free event; no need to book - just turn up!

Date:Saturday 24th

Time:12:00

Start:Carding Mill Valley

Taking place in Carding Mill Valley from 12noon until 5pm, this mid-summer day-time event will concentrate upon our sun. Pete and others will have their Solar scopes at the ready, and you can see our sun in close-up action.

This is a free event; no need to book - just turn up!

Please refer to Info Page for general notes about the walks.

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Sunday's Walks

Stretton 3 Peaks Challenge

Stretton 3 Peaks Challenge

Key Points:

D: 11miles17.5km

A: 2000ft610m

G: Strenuous

£: £5

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So popular from last year's walking festival that we decided to bring it back again for this year.

Date:Sunday 25th

Time:10:00

Start:The Outdoor Depot

So popular from last year's walking festival that we decided to bring it back again for this year.

A strenuous guided walk that takes in the summits of Caer Caradoc, The Lawley and Hope Bowdler Hill and also visits Hoar Edge. This is an 11mile17.5km walk with about 2000ft610m of ascent, steep in places and some very sharp descents. The walk offers some outstanding views of the Shropshire Hills. Overall walk duration will be approx 6-7hours including breaks.

Please refer to Info Page for general notes about the walks.

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Over the top to Bridges and back

Over the top to Bridges and back

Key Points:

D: 12miles19km

A: 1600ft490m

G: Moderate

£: £5

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A 12mile19km walk broken up with a visit to The Bridges pub and then back to Carding Mill Valley for optional Tea and Cake.

Date:Sunday 25th

Time:10:30

Start:Carding Mill Valley

A 12mile19km walk broken up with a visit to The Bridges pub and then back to Carding Mill Valley for optional Tea and Cake.

There will be time for a light bite and drinks at the pub before returning back to Church Stretton.

Please refer to Info Page for general notes about the walks.

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Little Trekkers

Little Trekkers

Key Points:

D: 3miles5km

A: littlelittle

G: Easy

£: £5

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Calling all young trekkers! It's time to put on your boots and start walking! Join the National Trust Ranger for a gentle walk around some of the beautiful valleys on the Long Mynd.

Date:Sunday 25th

Time:10:30

Start:Carding Mill Valley

Calling all young trekkers! It's time to put on your boots and start walking! Join the National Trust Ranger for a gentle walk around some of the beautiful valleys on the Long Mynd.

The walk will take about 90 minutes to complete and involve walking on uneven ground. You must remember to bring an adult with you to carry your heavy rucksack!! Meet 10.30am in the yard outside the property office in Carding Mill Valley.

For ages 4 to 9, must be accompanied by an adult.

Please refer to Info Page for general notes about the walks.

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Secret Valleys

Secret Valleys

Key Points:

D: 11miles17.5km

A: 1500ft460m

G: Moderate

£: £5

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New for 2017 - an interesting route up and down the Long Mynd, going via Callow Hollow and the Batch.

Date:Sunday 25th

Time:10:30

Start:The Outdoor Depot

New for 2017 - an interesting route up and down the Long Mynd, going via Callow Hollow and the Batch.

We will walk over to Little Stretton and climb up the beautiful and peaceful Callow Hollow, an outstanding route to the summit of the Long Mynd. After walking along the Portway, we'll go over Haddon Hill and drop down to the Batch with superb views of the hills and valleys around Church Stretton, before returning to the start.

When climbing by the stream, areas alongside can be wet and rocky in parts, although not difficult. You will need boots that you feel secure walking in. Walking poles, if you have them, would be useful.

This walk does not always use public footpaths and is only available because of the open access policy of the National Trust.

Overall walk time should be 5.5-6.5hours.

Please refer to Info Page for general notes about the walks.

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