Carding Mill Valley
Carding Mill Valley
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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  • Mike G
    Wardington, United Kingdom114 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the trek
    Car parking is quite expensive at £5.50 (July 2023). That being said, the ascent to the waterfall is simply stunning. A bit gaiety in places if you are unsteady on your feet (we managed it with a German Shepherd though a few places were tricky to climb). Breathtaking scenery in every direction.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 2, 2023
  • Katie
    156 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    great day out
    Carding Mill Valley is a truly stunning place of natural beauty that is well worth the visit. Just totally relaxing and allows you to really feel in touch with nature. There’s also a little stream running through next to the car parked this is the perfect spot for kids to play and we saw many of them paddling and having a great time. It is also ideal as parents/guardians can sit back and relax on the grass at she side if they wish; still being close to the stream. Unfortunately, I did find some litter dotted around (don’t worry, i picked it up and binned it), it is a shame that some ignorant litterers clearly do not care about looking after the wonderful beauty spot they’re visiting as well as the earth in general. But apart from this, it’s a lovely place to visit and I plan to visit again and probably explore some different areas next time.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 2, 2023
  • James H
    Durham, United Kingdom3 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful but busy!
    Stunning countryside and some great wildlife. A fantastic place to explore although very busy! The walk up to the reservoir is nice and easy but watch out with the route to the waterfall. It was described as easy/medium - it’s definitely on the tougher end of that scale.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 5, 2023
  • Chris R
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic guided walk in Carding Mill Valley and the Long Mynd
    Took my (7yr old) son to join a guided history & nature walk with 2 really friendly and knowledgeable volunteers from the National Trust. It was a fantastic 2 hour walk, looping up past the waterfalls, which we both immensely enjoyed. Even after living locally and visiting many, many times over nearly 30yrs I learned so much. Highly recommended for families, couples or individuals alike. Thank you!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 7, 2023
  • LianaB80
    Chelmsford, United Kingdom57 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely beautiful!
    This place was stunning! We chose the medium difficulty trail up to the waterfall. A little tricky in places but we managed as did our rescue dog. We had an ice-cream on the way back to the car which at £3.20 each was extremely pricey! Not great when you have a large family. Overall a lovely place and I hope to come back one day if I'm ever in the area again!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 12, 2023
  • Deryck W
    Margate, United Kingdom565 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning Scenery
    Visited Carding Mill Valley on probably the hottest day of the week last week. Stunning Scenery, with a babbling brook running through the parking area. We had intended to walk up to the Waterfall, but decided against it due to the over 30o temperature. Nevertheless, a must see if in the area. Large Cafe area, serving refreshing ice creams!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 11, 2023
  • Les4404
    United Kingdom97 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely countryside
    We really enjoyed our visit having never been before. Read the descriptions of the walks and decided upon the ‘green’ walk. This walk was described as easy-medium. I think it needs a caveat to say that although it’s not too long a walk in distance, there are some very tricky parts (steep and not easy underfoot) and that should be made clear for anyone setting off. I’m not sure that ‘easy’ is quite right….. as someone mentioned about the cafe, it was average with not the best choice. Berrington Hall nearby was better in my view.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 13, 2024
  • CMiddleton
    Newcastle-under-Lyme, United Kingdom198 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful place
    Such a beautiful place with lots of different routes to take/ walk. We completed the Carding Mill and Plush Hill circular walk from an app. There are toilets, information of walks and a cafe at the car park. Car park is free for NT members. It does get full quickly so don't leave it too late. Started the walk with at least a mile uphill however it was worth it when you got to the top. Fantastic views. Lovely to see all the sheep with their lambs and also the ponies grazing. Would recommend to anyone. My only slight criticism was the amount of people with their dogs off a lead when there are signs everywhere asking people to keep all dogs on leads as its lambing season. When mentioned to the people letting their dogs run around obviously their dogs are special/ the signs don't mean it's for them. Some people really are selfish.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 20, 2024
  • anteallachleicester
    Leicester, United Kingdom846 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So much to see here.
    An absolutely stunning area of the UK. We can see why there is a huge carpark for this place. As we were staying in Church Stretton we enjoyed a couple of walks through the lovely valleys and over the moorlands. Waterfalls, scenic views at every turn, moorland ponies, skylarks, kites and much more. So much to see here. The main pathways are very visible and well signposted. The National Trust teashop near the carpark was very pleasant with a roof top terrace for good weather eating. Friendly and helpful staff and a good selection of food and drinks (including gluten and dairy free options). Highly recommended.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 30, 2024
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Faye G
London, UK21 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
What an incredible place for a walk!
We visited whilst on holiday locally and had a great couple of hours walking.
Highly recommend that you wear good walking shoes as it gets very rocky the further you go.
There are several routes to choose from (or you could go off track) and we chose to complete the medium walk up to the waterfall. This was a busy but enjoyable route and plenty of children were walking this route (however there are a number of parts which they would need assisting if younger).
Lots of areas of the stream to paddle in which lots of children and dogs seemed to be enjoying.
The waterfall was a little disappointing (confirmed by the conversations of others around us). However, this is likely to be as a result of very little wet weather recently.
The views all around are absolutely stunning.
Dogs are of course welcome but due to there being lots of lambs, owners were asked to keep dogs on leads.
There is a visitors cafe and toilets available. They are only offering takeaway service currently.
We thought that the parking cost was a little steep - £7 all day (only option) - especially if only visiting for a couple of hours. Luckily we are NT members so were able to park for free by scanning our cards at the machine.
Even though it is large, the car park was very busy when we were leaving around lunchtime so we would recommend getting their early to garauntee a space.
Written August 4, 2020
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RazzyBthefirst
Macclesfield, UK1,427 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
Walking with a friend via Rectory Woods and it was heaving when we reached Carding Mill Valley. If you're arriving at the weekend, I'd park in the town unless you're early. Bollards are being used to block the turn into the lane when it's full and the surrounding roads are bollarded too.

We walked past the cafe and up to the reservoir and did a loop, it's not too strenuous and there are good views up there. As with anywhere, the further you walk up the quieter it gets.

Happy days
Written July 19, 2020
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Keith B
Coventry, UK685 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
This is stunning scenery with massive Hills Babbling brooks (waterfall apparently 40min walk).
We opted for the “short walk” to the reservoir. This is still 20 mins from the main building & a gentle incline with a steep last bit (use the rocky steps rather than the well worn grassy hillock which really strains any old knees!) .
On our visit there was a group of hardy souls swimming in the pool. We watched in admiration before turning our gaze on The splendid landscapes views around of Heather, gorse & fern covered hills with the occasional white pony & Sheep dotted about.
For younger families (& there were many!) the Babbling brooks are a absolute magnet for the kids. Totally shallow many parents were relaxing with picnics as the kids safely exhausted themselves.
The car park was getting ridiculously full when we departed around 1.30pm so time your visit earlier to get the best out of the day.
The toilets cafe etc did an adequate job re the Covid limitations & the food & drink selection was typically wide enough for most tastes (altho £3.25 for a small slice of St Clements Cake was OTT)

Afterwards treat yourself to even more spectacular views in the car by going up & over the hilltops on the nearby Bur Way. A single track with passing points & small vistas at the top. Simply stunning views.
Written September 2, 2020
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JB54
29 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
Decided to visit here while visiting the area for the weekend, and all I can say was it was beautiful so very worth it even on a somewhat cloudy day.

Upon arrival, it cost £5 to park your car and the car park doesn't close so can stay as long as you want, they currently only take card payments also.

This place is perfect for a picnic with the trickling stream. We were not that organised and had a quick snack in the cafe and this did not disappoint. I can highly recommend both the cheese and onion and the meat pasty (delish). The cafe is also dog friendly.

We took a leisurely stroll to the waterfall which didn't take too long, with perfect spots for photos along the way by the stream. We then went walking over the hills and back through the valley and along to the reservoir. Sheep are freely roaming and on the hills, ponies can also be spotted. A perfect walk for all ages.
Written June 21, 2021
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Heslomonick
Birmingham, UK80 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Family
We went here on a hot and sunny Sunday on a bank holiday weekend in May 2021 after lockdown had eased so we knew it might be busy. We got there at just 10am and got a good space not too far from the cafe and toilets. But even just 10 minutes later it was a lot busier with a queue of cars trying to find spaces and by the time we left at 2pm there was a marshall sorting out ‘one in-one out’ all the way back on the main road so I’m glad we arrived when we did. As we were national trust members we parked for free - we showed our membership card to the marshalls and then scanned it for free parking.

The toilets didn’t have a queue when we arrived and they were nice and clean. When we finished our walk and were back near the car at about 2pm the toilets were unfortunately not in as good a condition as people didn’t know to put toilet roll down the toilet rather than draping it around on the floor. There was also a big queue for the ice cream kiosk, understandably given it was such a hot and sunny day.

We took towels as we knew there would be places for the children to paddle. Virtually all of our walk was alongside a brook which was lovely.

We didn’t really plan a route in advance so ended up taking a fairly treacherous climb up to the top of the valley involving scrambling over rocks and across the brook, but the children (aged 7 and 9) really enjoyed the danger value. I’m glad we were wearing proper walking boots.

We also enjoyed seeing the sheep and lambs, and there were horses with a newborn foal at the very top. The views were spectacular and we saw a nice waterfall on the way down, which was one of the busier parts of the walk. I don’t think everyone walks all the way up to the top of the valley like we did so it isn’t so treacherous if you don’t head up as far.
Written May 31, 2021
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AnnLondon
London44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Solo
I loved my visit here. Parking costs a flat rate of £5 for the day and the car park and cafe/toilets is run by the national trust. The cafe was decent. For the walk itself I followed the path and signs to the lake and from there you can access a narrow path that takes you on a mostly level walk along the higher parts of the hills for the best views before gradually sloping you back down to the valley for the walk back. As someone who hates climbing hills, this was perfect for me as it reduced the amount of steep walking I needed to do as well as giving me access to a range of the sights at the high and low level. The area is beautiful with streams, woods and hill views. It’s peaceful and the sheep/lambs about everywhere added to the overall charm. It’s a very close drive back to church Stretton for anyone looking to stay in the area and take advantage of all the other scenery and walks on offer.
Written June 8, 2022
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Ian S
Rugby, UK832 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
......but it started to rain and the wind began to blow so we headed straight for the cafe and were delighted to find it was dog friendly. So we stopped for lunch and enjoyed the toasted sandwiches before spending some money in the shop. As members we like to support the Trust but had the cafe been dog unfriendly then we would have walked away and spent our money elsewhere.
Shame about the weather but on the list for a return someday.
Written January 13, 2020
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Clare C
Salford, UK404 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
We stopped of here for a short walk but will definitely visit again as there's so many walks to do and views to see. We walked to the reservoir and just from there the views were amazing. This is a national trust so members get car parking for free and it was about £5 to park for non members. There's plenty of car park spaces here (it does get busy though), a cafe and toilets. Church Stretton is a 10 minute walk from here. Would definitely recommend.
Written October 15, 2020
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Paul Hill
Wroughton, UK336 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Couples
This national trust site is free to enter but there is a £5 charge for parking. The walk to the waterfall takes about 30-40 mins over some rough terrain. We visited on a fairly dry day but it did shower alittle when we were there which made some of the rocks very slippery when waking.

There are also at least 2 crossings through the river and thankfully we were wearing our waking shoes but if you’d had trainers on or non waterproof gear then you’ll get wet feet!

The narrow path doesn’t allow for much space so crossing near to others (not socially distanced) is something that will just happen.

There are 3 routes you can walk, one of which can take 3-4hrs so plenty of options based on the level you want to put into it.
Written May 22, 2021
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Lynn R
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
I love cardingmill valley in all weathers and pre lockdown was a very frequent walker with my two dogs. During lockdown the cafe was closed and then had a limited access, drinks and ice creams I think. Have twice recently visited the cafe and I find it has been now downgraded to a basic National trust pit stop. Not a sign of a bit of salad or coleslaw, or even baked beans to go with your pasties or sandwiches. The soup was pea and mint both times, frozen peas a bit of mint and a blender. No toasted sandwiches, they used to make the best toastie in shropshire, and no even a baked potato. The sandwiches would be very nice, but for those with gluten intolerance or fat intolerance, there is very little. I know times have been hard, but the cafe used to be full, these days there are more empty tables. A little more thought about the menu and a few bits of garnish on offer would make the whole thing less of a canteen and more of a cafe.
Written May 13, 2022
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