We arrived at the musical loos in Stretton and set out up the Burway and then down into Carding Mill Valley. Weather improving as we climbed to near the top, then a bit of cross county to join the Portway and down to the cattle grid at Duckley Nap for some refreshments. Then a loop round across the shoulder of Haddon Hill and on to the Shooting Box – now just a car park with a bit of a mound, not a tin roofed building that used to be a good waymarker in misty conditions. Then a good step up to the Pole Bank Toposcope (516M) with improving views all round. It was on this rise that we saw a group of 25 ish birds wheeling and calling above us: even Len the Bird man was a bit flummoxed. These turned out to be Golden Plover – a real joy.
Pole Bank is the high point of the Long Mynd so everything from here on should be down hill – well it nearly is. It was then on to Pole Cottage and a left turn onto a small sheep track that joins the path, locally known as Ashes Ridge, that skirts Round Hill and Grindle and down into Small Batch. We stopped for lunch in the shade some hawthorn bushes overlooking Callow Hollow and enjoyed the total silence that the Long Mynd can offer.
We then plunged down into Small Batch and past the camp site at the bottom in Little Stretton. Bit of climbing from here on, over the ridge to The Owlets and down through the woods to the Ludlow Road and back to the cars. Before the start I had estimated 8 miles or so, but with a bit of measuring after we got back it was around 10 miles.
Hi all – Just got back from the recce for the 3rd April Walk – Bwlch Sych above Vyrnwy. Could be a good walk but not at the moment. The first half was fine: forestry tracks a bit of open hillside, lots of snow, but reasonable underfoot. The second half was dreadful. The guide book says ” … the paths are a little faint and the ground can be wet at times …” Biggest understatement. No paths at all, just very wet knee high tussocks, two river crossings not mentioned as a problem – I ended up paddling. Also the footpaths lower down on the way out just stop with very high barbed wire and impenetrable undergrowth – climbing over and round was not good. Suffice to say I will not be leading this walk on Sunday – but will be leading something else, not sure what, but it will be the same start time and distance etc. I will send out another mailing when I know what I am doing.