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Carding Mill Valley

Where: Church Stretton, Shropshire

Things to do: Hike, dog walk, cycle

Things to know: If you go by car, there is a car park that charges with coins

Fun fact: The Long Mynd (where Carding Mill Valley is) is 7 miles long and 3 miles wide.

It’s been a really tiring weekend! On Friday, I had a wedding to go to, which was so beautiful and it was so nice to see the happy bride on one of the best days of her life. But with a wedding, comes a wedding reception, and with a wedding reception comes drinks! I, like many people, enjoy a little drink now and then and I don’t know about you, but the day after drinking I don’t feel the best. I rarely get hangovers because I don’t drink enough, but I just felt a little bit groggy. So I spent most of my Saturday sleeping and relaxing with my dog watching TV.

On Sunday, I went to Carding Mill Valley which is located in the beautiful Shropshire Hills. When you arrive, you can immediately see how big the hills are. There are also a lot of sheep roaming around as well. I saw on the guide when I got there that there is a waterfall there, so I wanted to go and see it. However, my dog is still a puppy and can get a little bit over excited. To get to the waterfall, you have to climb small rocks next to a small stream.

This takes a lot of concentration as you have to look where you are stepping, however, my dog decided to jump really fast into the stream, then onto the rocks, other dogs were taking it slow but I was worried Rosie was going to hurt herself with how she was stepping on them, so I turned back and went a more flatter route. I got to the top of one of the hills and there was an amazing view!

The path we took was quite small, if you are with other people you have to walk in a line as the path is too small to fit more than one person at a time. Rosie walked in front of me and then I walked behind her. You can see how long the drop is, but I am scared of heights and it didn’t really bother me. I still felt quite secure on the path. At the end of the day, I was really tired and so was Rosie. It was the perfect active Sunday. I love hiking and having an active dog is the perfect excuse to go, great views and great exercise. Very tired now though but it was worth it.