A fine, sunny day – perfect for a walk on high ground, with extensive views in all directions… In other words, the Long Mynd’s Portway (approximately), from Robin Hood’s Butts to the Pole Cottage pools. Many others have similar ideas – I’ve never seen the top so crowded (“crowded” is a relative term up here…). Some people are trying to place their small dog on the trig point, so that he can appreciate the view. On the path, some walkers pretend we’re not there as they pass by, carefully avoiding any eye contact. Just smile and say “Hello”, folks! Only yards from Pole Bank, no-one else is interested in those reedy pools behind Pole Cottage, where there’s some welcome peace and quiet. Retracing our steps, a grouse calls out as he flies low over the moor – “go back, go back, go back”. Yes, that’s what we’re doing!
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