Merry Christmas everyone!
Wandering with the camera on a mild winter day…
The visit to the toy shop in Ironbridge was planned in advance (a birthday is on the near horizon). We’ll make a walk of it – up the hill and past Woodside to pick up the path (a former plateway) beside the railway. Passing through the museum yard, the lights are on the tea shop – are we going to be tempted?
When we leave, the light has almost gone outside, and the Ironbridge shops have a welcoming appearance on this cold afternoon. A more successful outing than we’d anticipated!
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I exaggerate, of course – we start, from the car park at Cound Guildhall, at about 200 ft above sea level. The highest point on the route is about 360 ft – but that extra elevation provides some wonderful panoramic views. The forecast says ‘sunny intervals’ – which means we will have cloudy intervals too. That’s one fairly long one, with just a few spots of light rain, and bright sunshine before and after. The sky is deep blue; the clouds look as though you could slice them and spread them with marmalade – an appropriate shade for this autumnal afternoon.
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A fine, bright, sunny but cool afternoon – around the lanes near Willey, then across the fields to Linley Green. We’ll have a quick look inside St Leonard’s church, which hasn’t changed since we last looked inside. I don’t think it’s changed for the last hundred years…
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We’re walking down to Ironbridge for some tea (as in leaves), and while we’re there, we’d better have some tea and cake… The downside is the uphill return – the cake will give us the energy we’ll need to get back up!
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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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Another grey day! At least it’s not raining. A familiar route from Cound Guildhall to Coundmoor and back – to the bookshop which, like the car parking, depends on an honesty box. Paperbacks 50p, hardbacks £1 – can’t be bad!
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Wednesday 26 May: Rather murky too – a gentle reminder of how lucky we’re going to be with the weather for the next week or so. A walk from the pier as far as the river Conon, then back through the woodlands and Idrigill.
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