GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Carding Mill Valley Walks

3 miles (5 km)

Visit a lovely reservoir and waterfall on this short walk in the Shropshire Hills AONB. The walk starts at the National Trust's Carding Mill Valley visitor centre and car park in Church Stretton. You begin by following a pretty stream uphill on a good stony path before bearing left on New Pool Hollow to visit the pretty reservoir. You'll pass mill pools and the 2500 year old Bodbury Ring hill fort on the way. The walk then continues uphill to Lightspot Hollow where you will find a waterfall in a beautiful V-shaped valley lined withbilberry, bracken and heather. You can look out for trout in the pools and stonechats, buzzards and red kitesin the air.
If you'd like to continue your walk you could head to the high point of the Long Mynd at Pole Bank. You could also climb the nearby Caer Caradoc for more fabulous views. The Shropshire Way and the Jack Mytton Way also pass through the area so you could pick these up easily too.


SY6 6JG - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Carding Mill Valley OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Carding Mill Valley Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


There's a nice National Trust team room in the valley where you can go for some post walk refreshments. In the winter there's a log fire to warm yourself by. For warmer days you can sit outside on the lovely roof terrace.

Dog Walking

The valley is an excellent place for a dog walk. There are some areas with livestock so it's best to keep them on leads there. The National Trust tea rooms are also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

From nearby Little Stretton there's the Ashes Hollow Walk which will take you along the Quinny Brook in a stunning V shaped valley.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


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Photo of the valley with Church Stretton to the right and Caer Caradoc Hill on the horizon.

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Looking down from Calf Ridge towards Church Stretton and beyond. The town is historically known for its textile industry with the valley being a central location. Thecarding mill itself dates from the 18th century and is named after the first stage in making cloth. The three stages beingcarding,spinningandweaving. The carding mill was closed and later demolished at the beginning of the 20th century, though the adjacent factory building can still be seen in the valley today. The mill building itself has been converted into flats and a number of other private houses exist near it and the visitor centre, forming a small settlement in the valley.

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Footbridge in Carding Mill Valley Looking up "The Pike".

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Descending the Carding Mill Valley

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Carding Mill Valley Reservoir

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Heather in the valley

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The stream and path wind up Light Spout Hollow valley This area is a popular spot for families and walkers and is under the stewardship of the National Trust. The line of the man made dam shows evidence of a happy day's 'work'.

Elevation Profile


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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