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The Long Mynd

The Long Mynd is an upland area of heathland situated in the heart of the of the Shropshire Hills, an outstanding area of natural beauty.

More than just a hill, it is a collection of many hills and batches, stretching for over 7 miles in length. It is this length from which the name derives. It has a part English, part Welsh name ‘The Long Mynd’ or to give it it’s full english translation, ‘The Long Mountain’. It is usually referred to locally as ‘The Mynd’.

Most of The Long Mynd is Natural Trust owned and thus it can be explored to your hearts content. Many trails criss cross its slopes providing walks from the leisurely to the more strenous.

The Mynd lies between other hills of note, including Wenlock Edge and the Stretton Hills to the east including the ever popular Caer Caradoc. On it’s Western side the nearby Stiperstones are within reach of a days walk.

The summit of the Long Mynd (a Marilyn) is not always a straight forward find, but hill baggers will note it’s high point of Pole Bank on a OS map. The 516 m (1,693 ft) summit boasts views far into Wales, and even Snowdonia can be seen on a clear day. Views east stretch past The Stretton Hills and Clee Hills, The Wrekin and to the West Midlands further beyond. To the south, The Clun Forest and the hills around Ludlow and the Black Mountain further south. To the north, the Cheshire plains and the Berwyn Mountains. Whichever way you look, you’ll be treated to a far reaching panormama.

Pretty villages and hamlets are dotted along it’s length, with Church Stretton and Craven Arms amongst the larger. Little Stretton (south of Church Stretton) and All Stretton (north) provide great bases for both town and hill. For those looking for something a little more remote, Ratlinghope, Bridges, Pulverbatch, Smethcott & Wentnor provide a true escape from the crowds.

For cottages near the Lond Mynd, Church Stretton and the surrounding area, browse our Church Stretton Holiday Cottages

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