A close look at Wenlock

Once again, it’s a cloudy, dull day – so the interest for the camera will lie in things close by. We’re walking fron the NT car park at Much Wenlock, up the Blakeway Hollow lane then back along the Edge, as far as the Homer path. Our return route takes us back through Much Wenlock, where we’ll take a look in a shop window or two…

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Stiperstones revisited

Thursday 29 July: Haven’t been here for a while. It’s a good day for this wild open country – some sunshine, some clouds, a cool breeze. We’ll need to find a sheltered spot for our picnic lunch, behind the rocks on the ridge, in amongst the bilberries (blaeberries, wimberries, whatever…). They’re ripe: several get eaten…

It’s surprisingly busy along the main rocky ridge. Some of the visitors are not really there – or perhaps, since they carefully avoid looking at us or acknowledging our presence, we’re not really there. Just smile and say ‘Hello’ – that’s all we need!

I think they’ve all come up the easy way, from the east-side car park – beyond that, it’s quiet again – just the red kites (four), the ducks (dozens of them, sitting on the road), and the alpacas and llamas (of course!). It’s an interesting part of the world!

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Hazy Hopesay

We walked this way, more-or-less, six years ago (see Hopesay Hill and Wart hill) on a beautiful spring day. I’ve just checked the photos – it’s hard to believe it was the same place. Today it’s hazy, the views very limited and the lighting flat. At least it’s dry, and we’re not melting, as we would if we’d come this way just three or four days ago. Hopesay is a very quiet part of the Shropshire hills, in the midst of some very attractive hill country but not well known. We saw more red kites (out of camera range – sorry) than walkers. It deserves to be better-known, but I’m glad it isn’t…

Navigational note: we’re walking clockwise from the start in Hopesay village; the red line on the map above shows our intended route, past Grist House. We actually followed the longer route to its north-west, at first along a very well-made farm track that isn’t shown on any of the maps. Not on the OS 1:50,000 or 1:25,000, nor the Google or Bing aerial views. We never even noticed the correct route – we just followed a track we’d expected to find…

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