…at Buildwas Abbey – a quiet spot for a brief Sunday afternoon outing.
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Re. “Walking to Benthall” (previous post) – I’ve been asked who Aileen is. Aileen was this year’s first named storm, arriving in the early hours of Wednesday, much earlier than last year’s Angus (late November). We were warned of strong winds locally, but they didn’t seem to come to much. Not complaining…
Just published to Geoff’s Rail Diaries, an account, with photos and video, of our visit to Nantmawr on Sunday, to view and ride on the newly-established monorail. Visit “Nantmawr – riding the monorail” – now!
It may look tranquil, but the old A5 is still a fairly busy road. Beside it, the older bridge, dating from MDCCLXXVI, is pedestrian-only, a pleasant way to cross the river. We’re just enjoying some fresh air and a change of scene for a few minutes on a cool late-July evening, and we haven’t really earned a pint on our way home, but who cares!
What better reason could there be? The youth hostel at Coalport, beside the china works, is a quiet and sheltered spot for refreshment (with the added entertainment of watching visitors trying to park their cars – yes, we’ll sit outside), perhaps a little over half-way on this enjoyable (and easy…) walk. And once again, after some showery weather, it’s a very pleasant day for it. There’s colour everywhere – the oilseed rape may be past its best, but there’s plenty more yellow in the hedgerows and verges – and purple, and blue, and white to set it off. There’s a cool breeze when we start out, but it’s quite still in the deeper parts of the lane, and the air is heavy with the scent of the May blossom.
One we’ve done many times… A fine afternoon, bright and sunny, good for a walk on the hills. We headed up Ashes Hollow to the Boiling Well, on to the highest point (hardly a summit) at Pole Bank, then back by the ridge to the descent beside Small Batch. Inevitably, that bank of cloud was stubborn – it was sunny elsewhere.
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