The Long Mynd



The Long Mynd (Welsh for Long Mountain) is, as its name suggests, a long hill that forms a major part of the South Shropshire Hills. It is essentially a moorland plateau, approximately 10 miles long in a north-south direction, and approximately 4 miles across at its widest point.



Although from a distance the top of Long Mynd appears to be relatively flat, large valleys, such as Carding Mill Valley, eat into the edges like deep folds.

Once managed as a grouse moor, today the Long Mynd is owned and maintained by the National Trust. Many local people have rights to graze sheep there.

The highest point on Long Mynd is at Pole Bank - 516 metres, or just less than 1700 feet. On a clear day the views from Long Mynd are spectacular.

An old trackway, the Port Way, runs along the length of the ridge. Much of the top of the Long Mynd is covered in heather, but it also possible to find wild bilberries (known locally as whinberries).

Along the western edge of the Long Mynd, above the village of Asterton, is a popular centre for gliding and hang-gliding.


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Long Mynd above Church Stretton
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Long Mynd above Carding Mill Valley - 1
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Long Mynd above Carding Mill Valley - 2
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Long Mynd above Carding Mill Valley - 3
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Long Mynd from Stiperstones - 1
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Long Mynd from Stiperstones - 2
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Pond near Pole Cottage<</td>
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Long Mynd ponies - 1
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Long Mynd ponies - 2
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Wildmoor Pool

The Long Mynd in winter

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Tree in the snow at Pole Cottage
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Wintry view from Pole Cottage
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Wildmoor Pool in winter
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Ponies foraging in the mist

Activities on the Long Mynd

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Paragliding from Long Mynd above Asterton
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Hot air balloon over Long Mynd


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