The Long Mynd

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Submitted by Timwoods on 24 October 2008
OS Explorer Map: 217 - The Long Mynd & Wenlock Edge
 
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A linear, half-day low hills and fells (below 600m) walk in England starting at Marshbrook bus stop, Shropshire, about 14km (roughly 9 miles) long and unsuitable for families with children, prams/pushchairs, wheelchairs. The Long Mynd - the Long Mountain in Welsh - in Shropshire is much loved by tourists and locals alike. It's set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, managed by the National Trust, and forms part of several long-distance routes along the English-Welsh border. On a clear day, you are likely to see people hand-gliding off the slopes. This walk starts in Marshbrook, easily reached by bus from Church Stretton, and finishes in Church Stretton, which has buses and a train station. Start: Marshbrook bus stop, OS Grid: SO442897
End: Church Stretton, OS Grid: SO456936
Elevation Profile (x: waypoint number, y: metres)
Gain (+/- 10%): 438m (1438ft)
Total (+/- 10%): 842m (2762ft)
Loss (+/- 10%): 403m (1324ft)
Max. Elevation: 520m (1706ft)

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217 - The Long Mynd & Wenlock Edge
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OS Grid: SO441897
Cross over the railway line and take the road heading towards Minton. There's a bridleway after about 300m if you don't want to walk along the road for too long.
About 1 km (roughly 1 miles) from 1 OS Grid: SO430906
Would you be wanting a hill or a valley walk, Sir/Madam? There's a choice here - take the bridleway from the village up to Minton Hill, or bear left past Minton House and take the bridleway that follows the valley of Minton Batch.
About 3 km (roughly 2 miles) from 2 OS Grid: SO408927
Whichever way you head, you will soon reach the top of the Long Mynd, where the Shropshire Way heads north along the hill.
About 2 km (roughly 2 miles) from 3 OS Grid: SO415943
Follow the Shropshire Way to Pole Bank, the high point of the walk at 516m. There are great views of the surrounding Shropshire countryside, including Wenlock Edge to the east and the Stiperstones and Cambrian Mountains to the west.
About 1 km (roughly 1 miles) from 4 OS Grid: SO420954
As well as great walking and stunning views, the Long Mynd is known for its historical sites, including lots of Bronze Age barrows - mounds of earth or stones built over graves. This one is thought to date back to 1950-1700 BC and there are others all along the hilltops.
About 2 km (roughly 1 miles) from 5 OS Grid: SO431964
For those with an interest in the history of this place, Robin Hood's Butts near Duckley Nap are two of the best examples of Bronze Age barrows. From here, back track to where the Shropshire Way meets the Jack Mytton Way.
About 2 km (roughly 2 miles) from 6 OS Grid: SO441948
A stunning valley descent to finish - Carding Mill Valley is a treat to behold. If time is not an issue, take the short detour up to the Devil's Mouth Rocks on Burway Hill. Here you gain a different perspective of the valley and the Mynd.
About 2 km (roughly 2 miles) from 7 OS Grid: SO452936
The valley footpath runs right into Ashbrook, which merges into Church Stretton. Plenty of pubs, cafes and the like to keep the tourists happy, so you will easily find a recuperating beverage of some kind. Buses leave from the town centre and the train station is a five minute walk away.
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GaryShipp  commented on 19 November 2008
So easy to pass by
This is a really nice alternative to the steeper hills of North Wales, at it's loveliest in the Spring.
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