Walking around, rather than in, the Cardingmill Valley, 7¼ miles. October 2010
Cardingmill Circular Walks with a Camera
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Cardingmill Valley, in Shropshire's Long Mynd, is a very popular destination for west midlands walkers and "day-outers". The deep valley with its rocky scenery, easy routes to the top of the Mynd, and National Trust tea room, is rarely without visitors - it can become relatively crowded on sunny days. We decided to make use of the car parking facilities (free to NT members) and, after the walk, the tea room... This walk uses the path to All Stretton as far as Cwm Dale, which we then followed to gain access to the Batch Valley and its tributary Long Batch, a steep-sided valley which takes us to the
moor top. Good tracks and (briefly) roads take us to the Boiling Well, from where a good path parallels the road back towards Church Stretton. The path takes us to the head of the steep Townbrook Valley, which provides an excellent walking route back to Church Stretton - or in our case, back to Cardingmill Valley, for a cup of tea and (for my hungry companion) cake. A very pleasant walk for a fine sunny day.
Back to Cardingmill - view to The Pike Batch Valley - view to Long Batch Batch Valley Caer Caradoc - sunlight and shade Caer Caradoc Cwm Dale Long Batch - looking back Mynd pool Mynd view Sunlight on the ridges above Long Batch The Lawley - view from head of Cwm Dale Townbrook Valley View to the Wrekin

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