The thermals here are some of the best in Britain - hence the Gliding Club and its records for gliding distances. In addition to gliders, there are sheep dotted on the flanks and grasses of the valleys (known as batches) and wild ponies...as well as red grouse and buzzards, even the occasional red kite overhead.
But, best of all, this 13 mile long by 3 mile wide 'mountain' is one of England's few wild areas where no buildings or pylons can be seen for 360 degrees, where there is real inky blackness at night, and where the purple heather when in full bloom is breathtakingly beautiful.
The ground underfoot drains well, there are many well trodden paths (well managed by the National Trust), the top of the Mynd is a flattish plateau so, once you've walked or driven or taken the Shuttlebus to the top via the steep Burway Road, walking is a joy. Nevertheless it is rare that one encounters more than an occasional walker or group of walkers and so you have this lovely area almost to yourself.
It is nearly always windy on the top so you'll need protection & sustenance...but there are great eateries around and some splendid rural pubs not too far away.
Do visit the Longmynd...it really is a spectacular & special place - and it's free!
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