There was a time when you could visit Carding Mill Valley and be left to explore on your own, or ask for advice on where to go and what to see. From the crowded valley floor, with its car parks, chalet & shop, loos and delightful, clear and safe little stream, upwards to the heather-clad summit of the Long Mynd plateau you were left alone to choose your own route and views.
The management has recently had a change of heart and has at last realised that exploration and getting lost is not everyone's favourite pastime. Now there are free leaflets readily available from plastic containers that give you a choice of coloured waymark routes to explore in safety.
There are also new attractions - all free - to encourage youngsters to find out more about the area...a birdhide just a few metres off the main driveway up the valley...a ropewalk that helps you climb up the steep slope to a sheep track that leads to a distant reservoir, where there is wild swimming.
Back at the chalet, where seasonal local fidget pies, apple cakes, bilberry tarts, and freshly pressed apple juice can be found, there is now a roof-top terrace where you can look out at incredible views, overlook the fruit & vegetable gardens, and watch live bird & animal action from hidden cameras.
Families can have marvellous times here - as can walkers, strollers, explorers, paddlers and nature lovers. No wonder so many people visit this lovely valley and its wild Long Mynd - nor any wonder that they keep returning!
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