Astley Abbots and the riverbank

A fine sunny afternoon, perfect for a walk along the bank of the Severn. It’s a figure of 8 walk – out across the fields behind the old school, then along the lane all the way to Lower Severn Hall. The riverbank can be very sticky after rain, or when there’s been a flood, but today it provides us with a most enjoyable waterside walk. Soon we’re back on the old railway track, then onto the path up through Chestnut Coppice to cross our earlier tracks, heading back for the car past Boldings Pools.

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Butler’s and Lord’s

A variation on a familiar route: walking to Kenley and Harnage Grange, but changing the start to take in two small areas of woodland, Butler’s Plantation and Lord’s Coppice (was the former the latter’s?). The field between them is slightly sticky; the woodland is pleasant and, in the case of Lord’s Coppice, fairly open. Being on a hillside, the views are good too. But what happened to the promised sunshine this afternoon? Not a trace – dull and grey again!

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The Munslow Edge

A path across the fields from Munslow to Aston Munslow ends this walk, which takes us to one of the highest points on the Wenlock Edge, overlooking (if there weren’t so many trees) the well-hidden hamlet of Middlehope. From Munslow Common, a little further on, it’s a long descent back to Munslow and that field path. The sky is blue sky, there’s no wind and no-one else about – apart from a friendly farmer who stops his tractor for a chat. Another perfect January day!

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A day on the Mynd

A perfect January day – sunshine from a clear blue sky and a light breeze. The view from our lunch table  – the Packet Stone – is extensive, with ridge after ridge gradually fading into the haze. And (despite all the cars in the Carding Mill valley) there’s no-one else in sight or sound! It can’t get much better than this. It’s a shame to have to come back down to earth, but the light’s fading rapidly as we get back to the car. We’ve made the most of it!

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