|Looking up Carding Mill Valley
Thus, I headed in the early afternoon to Church Stretton with a pretty light overnight pack by my standards, and set off up the Long Mynd. For those of you who have never visited, this is delightful, but easy, hill walking country. The Mynd itself is a long heather covered moorland plateau running north to south. Its east side, facing the Stretton Valley, is disected by several deep, parallel valleys, of the classic geography text book V shape. Locally, these are often known as a batch or a hollow. Between the valleys are very broad ridges. Thus, it is easy to combine circular routes to the top of the Long Mynd, Pole Bank, via a couple of valleys or ridges or one of each. The top is at a modest 516 metres, but on a clear day it has glorious views as far as Cadair Idris and the Rhinogs to the west, and the Urals to the east. Yes the Urals. Honest! See my earlier blog post.
|Looking back down from near top of Carding Mill Valley to Church Stretton
|The Portway - a pre-historic track across the top of the Long Mynd
|Pole Bank - the top of the Long Mynd, looking towards the Stiperstones
|Heading down Ashes Hollow
|In Ashes Hollow
|Wonderful location at Little Stretton, but rather over priced
|I'm getting my money back. Vargo Titanium V pegs after their first use. The four failures all occurred at the same point on the peg
I wasn't to find out this night how well Daphne copes with weather. For much of the time it was still, and only in the early hours did the slightest breeze materialise. I bedded down with the doors open on one side, admiring the stars and the moonlight. For a single skin shelter I was impressed at how little condensation formed. It was a calm, clear night and I was next to a stream. There was some, but she is super spacious and it was easy to stay away from the walls. There is none of that head in the sides nonsense of many other lightweight shelters, either when lying down or sitting up.
|Z Packs Groupie: The Hexamid Duplex, aka 'Daphne' and the Arc Blast aka 'Billy'