Things to do in the Shropshire Hills

The Shropshire hills are an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Church Stretton is the only town lying in the hills. There are so many things to do in the area, we were spoiled for choice when we spent a day there recently.

The Long Mynd

Driving up the Long Mynd from Church Stretton is quite a hair raising experience, but not as scary as driving down again on the other side! The roads are narrow and the drops are steep. I had heard that the Victorians called the area Little Switzerland and I can quite see why. The views from the top are fantastic.

We saw lots of wild ponies and their foals too which was a treat. We bought a picnic in one of the independent delicatessens in Church Stretton. Eating it sitting on the top of a mountain was great fun.

Things to do in the Shropshire Hills - The Long Mynd

Gliding

Things to do in the Shropshire Hills - Gliding

If you are brave enough you can go gliding on the top of Long Mynd. The Midland Gliding Club sign says “why not try a Trial Lesson in a two seater glider right now”. I was really tempted.

Instead we parked at the side of the road and watched for a while. We then drove to Pole Cottage, close to the gliding club, parked the car and walked up to Pole Bank. There is a fully accessible path to the highest point at Pole Bank. Yet more stunning views. 

Carding Mill Valley

We finished our day in Carding Mill Valley. We didn’t have any children with us, but resolved that next time we are entertaining families with children, we will bring them here. 

There is a shallow stream to paddle in and dam up. There are short slopes to slide down on piece of cardboard. A shop and a cafe are available for refreshments. And if you are National Trust members, then the car parking is free!

Things to do in the Shropshire Hills - Carding Mill Valley

We had started our day by testing the Church Stretton Treasure Trail and were delighted that we achieved more than 10,000 steps each! We will definitely going back again soon.

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