“We ought to go down and look at the river”. Last time the Severn was this high was almost 20 years ago, in Autumn 2000. These floods have set new records locally, though happily the temporary flood barriers along the Wharfage in Ironbridge seem to have been sufficient. There was a fear that the water might rise over the top, and at some stage (during the night?) the weight of water seems to have pushed them back across the road. Further downstream, the water’s on the road near Bedlam (only seen that once before) and poor Jackfield looks a bit sad. Now the waters are receding, very slowly – hope that’s the last of it for now…
Quiet lanes in Corvedale – it should stay dry this afternoon, but the ground is not fit for walking (wading?). So we’re following surfaced minor roads, enjoying some fresh air and a leg stretch in the country between Brown Clee and the Wenlock Edge.
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After lunch in Church Stretton, there’s time for a short wander on the Hope Bowdler hills, visiting the remarkable outcrop of the Gaer Stone, then walking to the other end of the ridge at the Battle Stones. It’s windy and it’s cold, but when the sun shines the light is lovely. We head back toward the car in the lee of the wind, and the sun’s gone behind some thicker clouds. Time for home.
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A short wander in the high(ish) country between Much Wenlock and Broseley, continuing to enjoy this spell of fine weather. We’re going to pay for it at the weekend, when storm Ciara comes visiting.
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Walking from Telford town centre (the bus station, to be precise) to Ironbridge (where I’ll catch a bus home again), taking advantage of a bright and pleasant day. There are several possible routes, and this one, more by accident than design, takes me past numerous small lakes and pools on the way to Coalbrookdale. From the dale, I’ll walk beside the river to Ironbridge.
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Reality is on the blink again, as Douglas Adams once said. The trees in the snowdrop woods are wearing scarves, and what we thought was the bothy, beside the walled garden, is now Badger’s house. Meanwhile, the deer in the park have gathered just about as far from all this fun as possible. Are we surprised?