Battle Stones and Caradoc

Wednesday 5 January: there’s a thin layer of snow at home – the hills should be good today? Yes, they were, a great day to be out on Willstone Hill and Caer Caradoc, but there’s no snow. We’re well prepared for the cold and frosty weather, and the uphill stretches keep us warm. A patch of thicker cloud towards the end of the afternoon  brings somewhat gloomier conditions for a time – and a few snowflakes – but without a doubt we’ve chosen a good day for this most enjoyable outing.

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Walking home from Wenlock

It rained heavily last night – anything away from a surfaced road or track will be seriously muddy. So, having been dropped off in Wenlock’s Barrow Street, I’m walking down beside the main road towards Buildwas, then up the narrow (grass in the middle) lane to Wyke. Just past Newhouse Farm, the road has become a canal – deep water for perhaps 50-60 yards. After a false start, the verge sees me past, but it’s touch and go. My usual companion would have fallen in. After that, the lane from Wyke to Posenhall is pleasant but lacking in excitement…

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Last one of ’21…

…and once again, I’m enjoying a point-to-point walk. A lift gets me to Linley Green – I’ll walk down past Linley church, and along the track that eventually (after a particularly muddy stretch) takes me down to the old railway trackbed. It’s then a good walk to the foot of Caughley Road, the rough track that will take me back home again.
Last post of 2021: instead of expressing similar thoughts to everyone else, here’s a new one: why don’t we adjust the calendar, so that the old year ends with the winter solstice, and the first day of the new year marks the start of lengthening days? (I know, it’s only true in the northern hemisphere, but…)

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Better days

After a rainy morning, the sky is clearing and the sun’s coming out. I’m starting out from home today – “ring when you’d like me to pick you up”. The western end of Shirlett Lane is as good as anywhere to pull in; I’ll get there via Darley, Scots Lane, Willey and Ned’s Lane. It’s very pleasant country for a mild but breezy afternoon.

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Dull December

Where has the sun gone? We’re walking along Shirlett Lane, taking the right-hand branch through to Hawthorn Bank where, if it wasn’t so murky, we’d have a good view to the Shropshire hills. Brown Clee is cloud-capped, and Titterstone is nowhere to be seen. Colours are warm but subdued on this dull December day. Nevertheless it’s very pleasant here in these quiet woods.

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