A Shrewsbury viewpoint

We had to make a call in northern Shrewsbury earlier in the afternoon, just off the High Ercall road. A mile or two along that road is Haughmond Hill – let’s stretch our legs! It’s more a forest than a hill – mostly wooded and just a whisker over 500′ (153m) above sea level at its highest point. However, its south-west flank falls away steeply below some rocky outcrops revealing, on a good day, superb views ranging from the Wrekin in the east, through the south Shropshire hills to the Welsh border hills in the west. In that sense, today wasn’t a good day – the views qualifying as ‘pleasant’ rather than superb, but in all other respects it was a most enjoyable short outing.

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Astley Abbots and the riverbank

A fine sunny afternoon, perfect for a walk along the bank of the Severn. It’s a figure of 8 walk – out across the fields behind the old school, then along the lane all the way to Lower Severn Hall. The riverbank can be very sticky after rain, or when there’s been a flood, but today it provides us with a most enjoyable waterside walk. Soon we’re back on the old railway track, then onto the path up through Chestnut Coppice to cross our earlier tracks, heading back for the car past Boldings Pools.

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Butler’s and Lord’s

A variation on a familiar route: walking to Kenley and Harnage Grange, but changing the start to take in two small areas of woodland, Butler’s Plantation and Lord’s Coppice (was the former the latter’s?). The field between them is slightly sticky; the woodland is pleasant and, in the case of Lord’s Coppice, fairly open. Being on a hillside, the views are good too. But what happened to the promised sunshine this afternoon? Not a trace – dull and grey again!

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Blue sky: Red Lane

It’s not like yesterday afternoon – there’s cloud around, some of the grey kind, and some of the white decorative variety. We’re walking to the far end of Red Lane – we could take a more direct route home, but we don’t really want to be RTAs, so we turn and retrace our steps. It looks different in the opposite direction…

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The Munslow Edge

A path across the fields from Munslow to Aston Munslow ends this walk, which takes us to one of the highest points on the Wenlock Edge, overlooking (if there weren’t so many trees) the well-hidden hamlet of Middlehope. From Munslow Common, a little further on, it’s a long descent back to Munslow and that field path. The sky is blue sky, there’s no wind and no-one else about – apart from a friendly farmer who stops his tractor for a chat. Another perfect January day!

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