With the hussle and bussle of the festive season over it was nice to spent some out walking with the family on the Long Mynd, which is a series of hills south south of Shrewsbury, just off the A49 at Church Stretton.
Our walk began at Carding Mill Valley, which has good parking (free for National Trust Members), toilets and cafe. From the car park we made our way past the visitor centre and headed up the valley to Light Spout Waterfall, which although running was a little low.
After a quick stop to take some photographs we made our way up to the Shooting Box before heading off to Pole Bank (516m), which apart from being the highest point on the Long Mynd hills gives an excellent view of the surrounding mountains. Today, with good visibility we were able to make out The Wrekin, Corndon and the Berwyn, Aran and Cadair Idris mountain ranges in the distance.
After a quick snack of hot ribena and chocolate covered flap jack we left Pole Bank to make our to the Shooting Box to pick up the Shropshire Way which would lead us to Motts Road and the descent into the Carding Mill Valley. The descent into Carding Mill Valley was pleasant enough on a good firm path and we soon back at the car, with rosy cheeks and that warm glow inside that comes from having a good time on the hill.