The Walks, and other Events

Here are the walks we are offering for the 2020 Church Stretton Walking Festival.

Bookings for the walks are now open! Use the How to Book button next to each walk, for info.

Please make sure you read all the important stuff on the Walk Info Page.

As last year, we will be putting together some Walk Maps soon.

Pre-Festival Events

Map & Compass - Sun 14th June - 10:00

Map & Compass - Sun 14th June - 10:00

Key Points:

D: 4miles6.5km

A: 200ft60m

G: Moderate

£: £17

How to Book

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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 14th June

Time:10:00

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 - 4 hours, 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 £17; a course like this is normally £70 per person. This is an outdoor course, covering up to 4miles on the Long Mynd near Church Stretton. We are running 2 courses, 10:00 and 14:00 (please ensure you book on the one you want!).

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

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Map & Compass - Sun 14th June - 14:00

Map & Compass - Sun 14th June - 14:00

Key Points:

D: 4miles6.5km

A: 200ft60m

G: Moderate

£: £17

How to Book

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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 14th 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 - 4 hours, 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 £17; a course like this is normally £70 per person. This is an outdoor course, covering up to 4miles on the Long Mynd near Church Stretton. We are running 2 courses, 10:00 and 14:00 (please ensure you book on the one you want!).

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

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Thursday's Walks

Walk on the Wild Side

Walk on the Wild Side

Key Points:

D: 6miles9.5km

A: 1000ft310m

G: Moderate

£: £6

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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 18th

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 - 4 hours, with stops along the way, taking you to some of the best wildlife hotspots of the Long Mynd. You might like to bring snacks or a sandwich to keep you going until you get back to the NT Tea Room. We will be climbing hills and walking on rocky paths, so suitable footwear is essential!

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

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Geology Walk

Geology Walk

Key Points:

D: 6miles9.5km

A: 1000ft310m

G: Moderate

£: £6

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

(Photo: © Andrew Fusek-Peters (Website))

Date:Thursday 18th

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 - 4 mile5 - 6.5 km 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. Your leader will have much to tell you, so even though it's not a great distance, it may well take 4 hours; bring suitable refreshments/packed lunch to have during one of the stops. We will be climbing hills and walking on rocky paths, so suitable footwear is essential!

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

(Photo: © Andrew Fusek-Peters (Website))

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Nordic Walking

Nordic Walking

Key Points:

D: 2.5miles4km

A: 200ft60m

G: Moderate

£: £6

How to Book

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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:Thursday 18th

Time:13:30

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 - 3 miles3 - 5 km max, but this will include rough paths and some climbing, so a little fitness will be required.

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

£: £6

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Always popular, our Thursday evening walk will be full of interesting facts, figures and stories astronomy, and we’ll be examining all the different ways that astronomers study the universe. A pleasant 2 hour stroll around Carding Mill Valley and the foothills of the Long Mynd.

(Photo: © Andrew Fusek-Peters (Website))

Date:Thursday 18th

Time:20:00

Start:Carding Mill Valley

Always popular, our Thursday evening walk will be full of interesting facts, figures and stories astronomy, and we’ll be examining all the different ways that astronomers study the universe. A pleasant 2 hour stroll around Carding Mill Valley and the foothills of the Long Mynd.

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

(Photo: © Andrew Fusek-Peters (Website))

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Friday's Walks

Skyline Walk

Skyline Walk

Key Points:

D: 18miles29km

A: 3200ft980m

G: Strenuous

£: £6

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

(Photo: © Geoff Taylor (Website))

Date:Friday 19th

Time:08:30

Start:Carding Mill Valley

A challenging 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 the walk will require good levels of fitness and stamina. Please ensure you carry enough food and water for this full day's walk. Also note that the NT Tea Room and the facilities will not be open at either end of your walk, so please plan accordingly.

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

(Photo: © Geoff Taylor (Website))

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Long Mynd Explorer 1

Long Mynd Explorer 1

Key Points:

D: 10miles16km

A: 1650ft500m

G: Moderate

£: £6

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This is the first of our Explorer offerings this year, giving you a great taste of what the Long Mynd has to offer, with a range of great views and landscapes. This one includes the delightful Ashes Hollow and Jonathan's Rock.

(Photo: © James Russell)

Date:Friday 19th

Time:09:30

Start:Co-op Car Park

This is the first of our Explorer offerings this year, giving you a great taste of what the Long Mynd has to offer, with a range of great views and landscapes. This one includes the delightful Ashes Hollow and Jonathan's Rock.

A circular walk of at least 10 miles, we start by heading down to Little Stretton, then ascend the Long Mynd via the wonderfully tranquil Ashes Hollow. On reaching Pole Bank (the summit of the Long Mynd) you will be treated to fantastic 360° views. We then head north on a section of the Shropshire Way, before heading round to Jonathan's Rock, another delightful spot for a short break. The return from here to Church Stretton takes us round Nover's Hill, with a final impressive viewpoint. Good footwear and a packed lunch are essential for this walk likely to be around 5 - 6 hours in total. Be aware that although most of the walk is easy going, there are several steep sections, up and down.

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

(Photo: © James Russell)

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Uncovering Nature Recovery in the AONB

Uncovering Nature Recovery in the AONB

Key Points:

D: 9miles15.5km

A: 1200ft360m

G: Moderate

£: £6

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Led by our local AONB Manager, this walk will offer a different view of our landscape, exploring its importance and value.

(Photo: © James Russell)

Date:Friday 19th

Time:TBC

Start:TBC

Led by our local AONB Manager, this walk will offer a different view of our landscape, exploring its importance and value.

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

(Photo: © James Russell)

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Landscape Photography Walk

Landscape Photography Walk

Key Points:

D: TBCTBC

A: TBCTBC

G: Moderate

£: £6

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Join local award-winning landscape photographer Claire Carter (Website) on a walk in the area around Church Stretton. Even if the weather is not great for photography, it will be a lovely walk, covering a variety of terrain, and encompassing a variety of landscapes. Claire will be on hand to offer advice, suggestions and tips and set a few creative challenges. During the 4 - 5 hour walk, there will be plenty of stops to take photographs.

(Photo: © Claire Carter (Website))

Date:Friday 19th

Time:TBC

Start:TBC

Join local award-winning landscape photographer Claire Carter (Website) on a walk in the area around Church Stretton. Even if the weather is not great for photography, it will be a lovely walk, covering a variety of terrain, and encompassing a variety of landscapes. Claire will be on hand to offer advice, suggestions and tips and set a few creative challenges. During the 4 - 5 hour walk, there will be plenty of stops to take photographs.

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

(Photo: © Claire Carter (Website))

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Caradoc & Ragleth

Caradoc & Ragleth

Key Points:

D: 8miles13.5km

A: 1500ft450m

G: Moderate

£: £6

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Join us for an energetic walk to climb the two most prominent hills to the east of the town. Great views, and a great introduction to hill-walking in the area!

(Photo: © Geoff Taylor (Website))

Date:Friday 19th

Time:10:00

Start:The Outdoor Depot

Join us for an energetic walk to climb the two most prominent hills to the east of the town. Great views, and a great introduction to hill-walking in the area!

This walk, of perhaps 4 hours, takes in the two hills that overlook Church Stretton on its eastern side: Caer Caradoc and Ragleth Hill. Each has its characteristics and charm. We will head for Ragleth first, quickly climbing up its northern end to reach the (relatively) level top, which we then walk along to its southern end, marked with a pole that is visible from the town. Great views here over Church Stretton, looking south towards Ludlow, and across the valley to the Long Mynd and its plethora of hills, batches and of course its highest point, Pole Bank. Looking east gives you a wide view of Wenlock Edge, a fascinating feature in itself, stretching from Craven Arms to Ironbridge, and featuring continuous woodland along its 18 mile length.

We retrace our steps along the top of Ragleth, and head towards Caer Caradoc, skirting Hope Bowdler Hill along the way. Climbing Caradoc via the man-made approach to the Iron Age hillfort, we reach the highest point of our walk, with wide views north towards Shrewsbury and across to the northern parts of the Long Mynd. Another hillfort, Bodbury, can be spotted in its position high above Carding Mill Valley. We descend from this fantastic viewpoint via the outcrop known as Three Fingers Rock and follow the ancient Cwms Road back to the town.

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

(Photo: © Geoff Taylor (Website))

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Saturday's Walks

The Mynd Drover

The Mynd Drover

Key Points:

D: 26/20/13m42/32/21km

A: 4750ft1460m

G: Strenuous / Moderate

£: £25

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Back for our 5th year and as popular as ever, the Mynd Drover is a 26mile42km, hilly & very scenic, self-guided challenge walk/run in the South Shropshire Hills with 4750ft1460m of ascent. Shorter options of 20 and 13miles32 and 21km are available with 3550ft1090m and 2350ft720m of ascent respectively.

Date:Saturday 20th

Time:From 8am - please see rules

Start:Church Stretton School

Back for our 5th year and as popular as ever, the Mynd Drover is a 26mile42km, hilly & very scenic, self-guided challenge walk/run in the South Shropshire Hills with 4750ft1460m of ascent. Shorter options of 20 and 13miles32 and 21km are available with 3550ft1090m and 2350ft720m of ascent respectively.

Each self-guided route will take walkers and runners to the more remote corners of the beautiful Longmynd range, along some of the less used, ancient, sunken lanes and drover’s tracks, through spectacular south Shropshire landscape. Water and snacks will be provided at checkpoints enroute and a meal with hot and cold drinks at the finish. Route details and GPX files will be provided to entrants in the week before. The event starts and finishes at Church Stretton School where free parking is available.

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

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The Chains of Gold Challenge

The Chains of Gold Challenge

Key Points:

D: 10miles17km

A: 2225ft675m

G: Strenuous

£: £6

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Short in distance, but tall in heights, this weaving walk explores the best of the Stretton Hills at the heart of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Your guide, the Eco-Tourism Officer for Shropshire Hills AONB, will offer much insight into the landscape as you progress.

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Date:Saturday 20th

Time:09:30

Start:Church Stretton Library

Short in distance, but tall in heights, this weaving walk explores the best of the Stretton Hills at the heart of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Your guide, the Eco-Tourism Officer for Shropshire Hills AONB, will offer much insight into the landscape as you progress.

Starting in the town, our first point of interest is a super viewpoint near Nover's Hill, from which can be seen your biggest challenge, Caer Caradoc, across the valley. We cross via All Stretton, railway and road to reach the foothills, before climbing the steep northern approach to the summit. Lots to see here, as the AONB are putting much effort into repairing the eroded ramparts of this much-loved hillfort. At the top, we are rewarded by fantastic views all around. From here, we descend more gently, then climb again, this time up Hope Bowdler hill. A pleasant descent from here brings us to the Much Wenlock road; crossing this, we head for our final, thankfully easiest, hill, Ragleth, before returning to the town.

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

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The Great Big Dog Walk

The Great Big Dog Walk

Key Points:

D: 7miles11km

A: 1350ft410m

G: Moderate

£: £6

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This is a great chance to take your dog on a guided walk to see some great scenery!

Date:Saturday 20th

Time:10:00

Start:Rectory Field

This is a great chance to take your dog on a guided walk to see some great scenery!

Starting and finishing at the bottom of Rectory Field, this guided on-lead dog walk led by Tom of Dogtown will take you on a circuit through Rectory woods, Carding Mill Valley, Cwm Dale, The Batch, Jonathan's Hollow and Mott's Road. The route is of intermediate difficulty and for semi-experienced dog walkers looking to go further.

All dogs must be securely collared with ID tags and be well under control. There will be sheep and other dogs, so well socialised and happy walking dogs only please. If you are not sure please contact Tom beforehand 07531 718102.

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

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Malcom Saville's Stiperstones

Malcom Saville's Stiperstones

Key Points:

D: 7miles12km

A: 1630ft500m

G: Moderate

£: £6

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Come and explore the Stiperstones and discover not only some great hillwalking country but also some of the places that are included in many of children's author Malcolm Saville's Lone Pine stories, including the Devil’s Chair, ‘Black Dingle’, ‘Barton Beach’ and the ‘Land of Dereliction’.

Date:Saturday 20th

Time:10:00

Start:The Bog Visitor Centre car park

Come and explore the Stiperstones and discover not only some great hillwalking country but also some of the places that are included in many of children's author Malcolm Saville's Lone Pine stories, including the Devil’s Chair, ‘Black Dingle’, ‘Barton Beach’ and the ‘Land of Dereliction’.

This is a circular walk from The Bog Visitor Centre beginning with a route across the main Stiperstones outcrops, including the Devil’s Chair (where the terrain is uneven, with loose stones and rocks), continuing down Mytton Dingle and returning through parts of the ‘land of dereliction’. There is one steep climb and one steep descent and there is the opportunity to finish the walk with refreshments at the visitor centre. Bring a packed lunch.

We will be making our way through some of the Stiperstones locations that feature in five Lone Pine books - Seven White Gates, Lone Pine Five, The Neglected Mountain, Not Scarlet But Gold and Home to Witchend. Malcolm Saville once admitted that he had written about the Stiperstones area in far less detail than the Long Mynd, capturing the atmosphere of the area rather than stealing specific buildings for use in his fiction. Nevertheless, we will be making as many connections as we can with the books as we explore the area and, depending on the weather, we may experience some of the special atmosphere that Saville created in his stories. On a clear day the views are amazing; however, on a different type of day, we may be very much aware of the devil in his chair...

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

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Sunday's Walks

Over the top to Bridges and back

Over the top to Bridges and back

Key Points:

D: 12miles19km

A: 1800ft550m

G: Moderate

£: £6

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Our ever-popular Bridges walk will take you over the Mynd to the delightful pub at Bridges, where we will enjoy a light lunch before heading back to Stretton.

Date:Sunday 21st

Time:10:00

Start:Carding Mill Valley

Our ever-popular Bridges walk will take you over the Mynd to the delightful pub at Bridges, where we will enjoy a light lunch before heading back to Stretton.

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

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Long Mynd Explorer 2

Long Mynd Explorer 2

Key Points:

D: 10miles16km

A: 1800ft550m

G: Moderate

£: £6

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This is the second of our Explorer offerings this year, giving you a great taste of what the Long Mynd has to offer, with a range of great views and landscapes. This one includes the open landscape of Barrister's Plain.

Date:Sunday 21st

Time:10:00

Start:Co-op Car Park

This is the second of our Explorer offerings this year, giving you a great taste of what the Long Mynd has to offer, with a range of great views and landscapes. This one includes the open landscape of Barrister's Plain.

Starting in the town, we head off north towards All Stretton, on the way passing our first viewpoint; we then turn west onto the Mynd. Entering the tranquil Jonathan's Hollow, we take a stunning climbing route up a spur, which affords great views eastwards. We encircle Haddon Hill as we make our way towards the Shropshire Way along the top of the Mynd. This nice long generally level route takes us along to the Long Mynd's summit, Pole Bank; another great spot to take in the views and perhaps have a bite to eat. We continue south from here, before turning east and heading for Barrister's Plain, a lovely open area with more great views. We finally drop down to Little Stretton, and a couple more short climbs brings us back home. Good footwear and a packed lunch are essential for this walk likely to be around 5 - 6 hours in total. Be aware that although most of the walk is easy going, there are steep sections, up and down.

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

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Cardington Circular

Cardington Circular

Key Points:

D: 8miles13.5km

A: 1500ft450m

G: Moderate

£: £6

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Taking a circular route to Cardington and back, this walk affords some great views of the nearby hills of Caradoc and Lawley, as well as across to Wenlock Edge.

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Date:Sunday 21st

Time:10:00

Start:Sandford Avenue lay-by

Taking a circular route to Cardington and back, this walk affords some great views of the nearby hills of Caradoc and Lawley, as well as across to Wenlock Edge.

The walk begins following the Cwms Lane, an ancient drovers route. We will cross The Wilderness where we can admire the views of the volcanic range of hills the Caradoc, Lawley and Wrekin. We will continue along pathways once used by farm workers and villagers to walk to the village of Cardington. At the village of Cardington we will have our picnic lunch stop. The Royal Oak will also be open for purchases. To return we will pass through footpaths to Middle and Willstone hills where we will be rewarded with fine views from the Battle Stones. Following the ridge we return across Hope Bowdler Hill to descend to the lay-by.

Although this is a moderate walk, clothing and boots need to be suitable for hill walking and walking poles are advisable. Please bring a morning drink and packed lunch.

For further information or if you are late or unable to make it on the day please don t hesitate to contact the walk leader, Janet, on 01694 723921 or 07456 479740.

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

(Photo: © James Russell)

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