On the surface, it’s very deep…

…but deep down it’s shallow.

On a Sunday afternoon wander around Carding Mill Valley, Church Stretton, my wife was a little taken aback to see the sign pictured here at the Top Car Park.

carding mill valley

The stream that runs by the other side of the car park is definitely not that deep, and the New Pool Hollow track that runs up to the reservoir is definitely rather steeper than that.

However, having spent the first 19 years of my life in Shrewsbury and having visited the Strettons many times during that period, I had a sudden Proust moment and remembered that where the car park is there used to be a swimming pool. And a little research confirmed that the site of the car park was indeed a former millpond and swimming pool. It was filled in at some point during the 1960s.

Here’s a view of the car park from the Pool Hollow Track, with a bit of Bodbury Hill immediately behind and Haddon Hill further back. Well, some car parks are quite photogenic. 🙂

top car park2

David Harley
Small Blue-Green World


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