The Long Mynd - Introduction
Situated in the midst of rolling Shropshire countryside, Long Mynd is a dramatic, isolated whaleback hill with an open expanse of heather wilderness and deeply cut valleys with hill streams. It is a landscape with significant archaeology and geology that has been modified by human activity over thousands of years. 1 The hills & valleys look tough and rugged but they are actually quite fragile. 2 Climate change is affecting the heathland's special plants and animals and so is the way you live. 3. National Trust is an organisation that is trying to conserve especially important pieces of countryside, historic houses and coastline. Play your part alongside National Trust in protecting the countryside. For example - follow the countryside Code : leave things as you find them. The Long Mynd has beautiful scenery to admire and is a peaceful place to both relax and exercise. Steep narrow batches and hollows (as the valleys are locally called) with purple outcrops of vertical Precambrian rock (560 million years old) dissect this isolated heather and bilberry moorland of common grazing land.
Long Mynd reaches its highest point of 517 metres (1,595 ft) AOD at Pole Bank (OS National Grid Reference: SO415945). NT own 2322 hectares of land. The majority of the Long Mynd in the Trust's ownership was acquired by public subscription in 1965. 10 hectares in the Batch were added in 1978 and 120 hectares in Carding Mill Valley in 1979.
The Long Mynd is a Biological and Geological SSSI. It lies within the Shropshire Hills AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty). This is a national designation to conserve and enhance the natural beauty of the landscape. For more information visit www.shropshirehillsaonb.co.uk. It is one of the oldest and most important geological sites in the country. Long Mynd simply means 'long hill' referring to the central ridge of the hills from the old English lang (long) and the Welsh mynydd (hill).