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The long walk is a hard tramp over the wonderful upland mass of the Long Mynd. Apart from one steep descent on grass, all tracks in this circuit are of excellent quality.
The lengths on road are all very quiet, perfectly acceptable for walking.
As would be expected, the views are marvellous, both of the various parts of the Long Mynd itself and of various distant hills such as the Brecon Beacons.
Although there is considerable ascent, none of the longer gradients are really steep. You will see from the OS map there are many opportunities to make this walk shorter.
Set off along the roadway rising beside the rushing stream in the popular Cardingmill Valley. Cross the stream on a bridge a little way after the visitor centre rising steadily. Pass through the upper car park.
1. At a junction, after about 20mins, cross the stream and fork right to continue the ascent. This is part of the designated Jack Mytton Way. The gradient steepens before the track emerges on the edge of the huge moorland plateau. About 30 mins after crossing the stream, join another track, turning left. At another waymarked junction in 30m bear left again, now the designated Shropshire Way, another broad track, grid ref 428958.
2. After about 10 mins bear left at a major fork at a gravel track (not ahead to Shooting Box), soon rising gently, with marvelous views to the east.
3. Turn left onto a minor road. At a signposted junction, marked right for Midland Gliding Club and Asterton, turn left to Church Stretton and descend the road. Just before reaching a cattle grid and houses turn sharp left onto a track leading back to Cardingmill Valley.
Nearest Train (or tube) Station(s):
Church Stretton, Shrewsbury