4.3 km long.
Bodbury Ring is an ancient Iron Age hill fort that overlooks Cardingmill Valley, with good views all the way around. The hill fort is believed to be about 500 years old, though there are much older settlements on the Long Mynd, including the Bronze Age trackway that crosses the top of the Mynd.
This walk goes from the National Trust carpark at Cardingmill Valley (charges apply unless you are a National Trust member). Don't park too far up the carpark, as the walk starts near the entrance.
We've photographed and looked at Bodbury Ring many times, but haven't walked up to see it up close, until now.
The path starts at the base of Bodbury Hill, and you immediately start climbing. It's not long until you exit the National Trust land and enter the golf course.
This golf course redefines 'crazy golf' with big drops and greens isolated on different hills.
The golf course winds itself around Bodbury Hill but doesn't go onto the ancient hill fort of Bodbury Ring.
You exit a gate on the golf course where you can then walk up to Bodbury Ring.
As you climb the hill to the fort, look out for the old ramparts you cross. There's also an impressive rampart gate entrance to the fort, which we've marked on the map.
Be careful on the descent of this route as it is loose gravel underfoot, grass, and mud, and could be dangerous when wet. Pick your path down wisely.
Alternatively, you can return to the golf course and take the wider path back down to your car.
More details on the history of this hill fort can be found on these links:
Facilities DetailsThere is a parking fee in the carpark unless you are a National Trust member. Toilets and cafe are at the Cardingmill Valley tea room. Dogs are welcome but must be kept on the lead during lambing season.
On The Map
AddressBodbury Ring Circular Walk
Cardingmill Valley, Church Stretton