Carding Mill Valley
How to get there: Make your way toward Church Stretton, which is a 35-minute drive from Telford or Shrewsbury, and 1.5 hours from Birmingham.
Grid Reference: SO 444 944
Nearest Postcode: SY6 6JG
Parking: The National Trust Carding Mill Valley car park, has capacity for about 150 cars (£5.00 all day, free for National Trust members). There is the large main car park upon entry and a smaller car park further up, which closes at 4pm. If this car park is full, there is an alternative car park. Outside the Co-Op in Church Stretton, the Easthorpe Car Park has fewer spaces but is another option. It is 50p per hour or £4.00 per day, free on Sundays and Bank Holidays. From Easthorpe Car Park, it is a 10-minute walk to Carding Mill Valley.
Facilities: There are numerous information stands and booths available at the beginning of the walk. There is a cafe and toilets located on the left hand side, as you walk up from the car parking area. You can also walk into Church Stretton for pubs and shops, it is about a 15 minute walk from the car park.
Map with thanks to Ordnance Survey.
1 Start at the car park and walk away from Church Stretton. Walk on past the cafe and toilets, following the path straight ahead. You will see a wooden signpost which directs you toward Lightspout Waterfall.
2 Continue up the valley (following the green trail markers) on the track to the left side of the stream.
3 When the valley divides, take the left-hand fork, heading up the stone-type steps (again you will see the wooden signpost pointing left to Lightspout Waterfall).
4 The rocky path will head uphill before opening out at the Lightspout Waterfall. Return back downhill on the same route, and back to the car park.