Popular shuttle stops & walks
Carding Mill Valley The National Trust looks after much of the Long Mynd. Carding Mill Valley is the ideal starting point to find out about the wildlife, history and conservation work on the Mynd. Events and activities are held throughout the year and lots of walks start here.
Church Stretton Set in the heart of the hills. There are plenty of cafes and interesting shops, including a huge antiques emporium, to browse. Lots of walks start/finish in Church Stretton, which is designated as a Walkers are Welcome town.
Wentnor & circular walk - pretty village with the Long Mynd as it's backdrop. Two pubs and camp site close by.
- 6.6 mile circular walk, time 3 hours, moderate difficulty. This walk takes you to the scenic beauty of Linley Beeches, a row of ancient beech trees planted by French prisoners of war during the Napoleonic War. With an eye on the time, you should make it back in time for a late lunch, but you might want to take some food with you. Catch the Shuttle at 1535 from Wentnor Church for a tour of the Stiperstones and northern end of the Mynd, getting back to Church Stretton at 1715. Alternatively hop off again at Bridges at 1547 and have a drink whilst the bus heads off to complete its outward journey and collects you on its way back an hour later at 1645.
Shooting Box, Long Mynd & walks
- 2 mile walk into Carding Mill Valley. Use the Shuttle Bus to climb onto the Long Mynd and enjoy the down hill walk with breathtaking views.
- 5 mile walk to Bridges. Jump off at Shooting Box and follow the Portway heading north to join the Shropshire Way, route 8 to Bridges. At Bridges, catch the Shuttle Bus back to Church Stretton.
Bridges, Ratlinghope & walksThe Shuttle Bus stops next to the River Onny and outside the popular Bridges Country Pub (open from noon). There is also a Youth Hostel at Bridges.
The last bus from Bridges departs at 1645 to return to Church Stretton.
Stiperstones National Nature Reserve & walks
This is a wild and atmospheric landscape. The Ordovician ‘Stiperstones Quartzite’, which makes up the ridge was shattered during the last ice age to create the jagged, boulder-strewn landscape seen today.
- Walk from the Reserve to the Bog Visitor Centre and enjoy a slice of homemade cake whilst you wait for the Shuttle Bus. To do this, go through the Reserve gate (which leads up to the Stiperstones ridge) and follow the grassy path on the left which skirts around the ridge. This eventually leads you to a junction – turn left (right leads you up onto the ridge). Go through the gate on the left to reach the road. Cross the road and follow the waymarkers across the field to another gate. Entre the next field and head straight down, following an old hedgeline. Go through the kissing gate and follow path down to the Bog Mine and Visitor Centre.
- Stiperstones Butterfly Trail - leaflet to download. An 8-mile circular walk with short cuts. If starting from this Shuttle stop, start from point 9 in the leaflet!
The Bog Mine and Visitor Centre & walks A warm welcome awaits, along with homemade cakes, local crafts and displays on the wildlife and history of the area. The following walks start from this Shuttle stop:
- 4.5 mile Flenny Bank Walk. A shorter walk through scattered mining remains to Shelve, Flenny Back and back.
- 5.5 mile Bog & Stiperstones Walk. Walk walk along the edge of the Stiperstones to Shelve and Flenny Bank.
- 6 mile Mucklewick Walk. This walk leads you through quiet borderland onto Mucklewick Hill and through Nipstone Nature Reserve.
- Nipstone Nature Reserve – stop at the Bog Visitor Centre. The volunteers at the Centre will be able to point you in the right direction for this nature reserve. You want to be heading south on a small lane from the Centre. Look out for the alpaca’s grazing in the fields on your right. The entrance to Nipstone is ahead on your left.
Stiperstones Village & walks Stop here for the popular Stiperstones Inn and village shop.
- 7.5 mile circular walk Hope Valley’s Hidden Heritage. You can halve the length of this walk by taking the short cut at the Hope Valley Nature Reserve and head back to Stiperstones village to catch the Shuttle Bus - shuttlebus to Church Stretton departs at 1622.