The Long Mynd Walk Via Bridges & Ratlinghope, Shropshire Walks In England, UK
The Long Mynd walk from Shooting Box via Bridges and Ratlinghope was about 8 miles in distance. The terrain of this route terrain was a combination of wide heathland tracks; quiet country lanes; and some field paths that can be muddy in places. There were also 6 stiles to climb over on this route.
The Long Mynd is one of Shropshire’s most popular places to explore. There are extensive views across North Shropshire from the Betchcott Hills at the northern tip of this walk route, and Wales from The Long Mynd itself. This walk route is all about views and valleys, or batches, as they’re called on The Long Mynd. The walk also goes through the quieter Darnford Valley via Bridges and Ratlinghope.
Starting from the ‘Shooting Box’ car park on top of The Long Mynd, leg one headed west by heathland track to reach a lane. Leg two turned north along a lane to Bridges; then turned south east along a lane; then north east along the ‘Shropshire Way’ through woodland on track and path to reach a cross track in Ratlinghope.
Leg three headed north east along the ‘Shropshire Way’ initially through woodland then across fields on paths and tracks to reach a wide track. To complete the walk the fourth and final leg headed south east on field tracks; then turned south west on a short road section and along heathland tracks to return to ‘Shooting Box’ car park.
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The Long Mynd Route
The The Long Mynd walk route was circular in a clockwise direction with four legs.
On this first leg we started from the ‘Shooting Box’ car park on top of The Long Mynd heading west along a heathland track until reaching a lane.
- From the Shooting Box car park we returned to the road and turned right.
- Soon after we forked left along a wide heathland track.
- Gently descending, with wide views across Welsh borders, we ignoring a gate on our left.
- After briefly ascending a little, we descended again and passed through a gate.
- Descending, we past a derelict farm building on our left and crossed a field to go over a stile next to a gate.
- Continuing ahead on the track between fences, we went through another gate, descending to go through a third gate.
- Here we joined a rough access road, passing a dwelling on our right.
- After going through a gate next to a cattle grid we joined a Tarmac lane.
Having walked about 1.75 miles to this point, the second leg headed north along a lane to Bridges; then turned south east by lane; then north east along ‘Shropshire Way’ woodland track and path to a cross track in Ratlinghope.
- Following this lane signed ‘Bridges’, we descended to cross a cattle grid next to a gate.
- After passing dwellings at Overs, we continued along the lane.
- After going over a stream we reached the Horseshoe Inn on our right at Bridges.
- At a road T-junction we turned right and followed the lane.
- Just before reaching a road bridge, we went left through a kissing-gate into trees, signed ‘Shropshire Way’.
- We followed a track through the trees beside a stream on the right.
- We ignored a bridge over the stream to the right and continued ahead through a kissing-gate.
- Continuing ahead along a path beside the stream on the right, we crossed a small footbridge and went through a gate.
- Continuing ahead beside the stream, we ignored a footbridge over the stream to the right.
- We soon went through a gate and descended a short way to cross a track.
Having walked about 3 miles to this point, the third leg headed north east on ‘Shropshire Way’ woodland/field paths and tracks to reach a wide track.
- Here we continued ahead through a gate, along the ‘Shropshire Way’ path, with a fence on our right.
- After crossing a stile we continue ahead, signed ‘Darnford Walk’.
- After going through a kissing-gate, we went left as signed away from Darnford Brook on the right.
- We took the left waymarked track, which was the higher of two tracks and emerged from the trees.
- At a fork, we ignored the track which went up to the left, continuing ahead.
- After dropping to cross a stile beside a gate, we continued ahead with a fence on our right.
- After crossing about six short boardwalks through a rough hillside field we passed beneath trees and crossed a stile into the next field.
- At a junction, with old farm buildings ahead, we walked between an old stile and a gate that were no longer in use and went left uphill.
- After passing through a gate, we continued straight ahead to cross a stile next to another gate.
- Here we veered right, signed ‘Shropshire Way’, descending to cross a stream using short boardwalks.
- Soon after at a junction, we turned left and gradually ascended.
- Keeping close to bushes on our right, we crossed some boardwalks and then went over a stile.
- Following the grassy path gradually uphill, we eventually went through a kissing-gate in the top corner on to a wide track.
Having walked about 5 miles to this point, the fourth and final leg turned south east along field tracks; then south west along a short road section and heathland tracks to return to ‘Shooting Box’ car park.
- Here we turned right along the wide track to pass through a gate.
- Ascending gently, we went walked between fences to go through another gate into a field.
- Following the track beside the right boundary fence we descended gently to go between fences and then pass through another gate into another field.
- In this field we followed the track beside the left boundary fence to go through another gate into the next field.
- Still following the left boundary fence we ascended along the track to level out to reach the corner of the field.
- Here we ignored the gate on the left and went through the gate ahead of us into the next field.
- Again we followed the left boundary fence to go between fences and through two gates into another field.
- Following the left boundary fence again in this field, as we approached a road we went through a gate.
- The track then dropped and veered left a short way before turning right on a signed path up a steep grassy bank to join the road.
- We turned right along the road and at a large gravel car parking bay, we went left along a wide track signed to ‘Shooting Box’.
- We continued ahead on to a stone track which joined from the right.
- We ignored a track from Cardingmill Valley which joined from the left.
- Where the track veered left at a fork, we veered right, which seemed more like going straight ahead, along a track which ascended gently.
- We continued on this track until returning to ‘Shooting Box’ car park on our right.
When Done & With Whom
I did this hike with my partner Anne whilst on a Shropshire hiking holiday during October 2016. We drove from our holiday accommodation in Hopesay, Shropshire to the starting location of The Long Mynd, Shropshire. We parked in the Shooting Box car park on top of The Long Mynd, at grid reference SO420953, which was also the start location of the hike.