Pyramids galore

There are a dozen or more in the lane – then a few more beside the path along the Edge. After Stokes’ Barn, there are lots – count them! We’re into three figures, and then as the path opens into the field… ‘Hundreds’ will have to remain the grand total – no chance of counting them! A short, but colourful, leg-stretch on the Edge near Much Wenlock.

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An exploration… We start at the English Bridge and walk along the riverbank, downstream, then head back along the canal path. The canal’s long gone, but the Canal Tavern’s still there. Along the way, we pass the ‘Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings’ – the main building, dating from 1797, is the grandfather of skyscrapers, apparently. Passing over the railway station on the unusual Dana footbridge, we return to the riverbank, crossing the river by the Welsh Bridge and the Porthill footbridge. The Porthywaen Silver Band are playing a Welsh medley (Men of Harlech and Myfanwy, among others) at the Quarry bandstand. We move on through the quieter backstreets to return to the English Bridge and back to the car – home for tea!

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Shades of purple and blue

There’s no shortage of colour in the hedgerows now – the willowherb, mallow and thistles are especially eye-catching. And tonight there’s a bonus – a common blue damselfly posing very considerately. It’s the 1st of July today – the wheat and barley are ripening rapidly – by the end of the month, the harvest will have begun.

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Willey: will it rain?

Could do – the clouds are threatening. We’re out for a morning wander – the forecast says thundery showers later, but do the showers know they’ve go to wait until after lunch? In the event they behaved themselves, providing us with some dramatic skies but no rain …
… until after lunch – here they come!

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Orchid meadow

Another warm afternoon – some shade would be pleasant. Benthall Edge woods will provide it – and on the way, we can check out the orchids near the hall. Someone (NT, presumably) has now put up a sign pointing the way to the ‘Orchid meadow’, and in the scrubby wooded area where many of the orchids grow, they’ve mown a maze of ways for walkers. There are thousands of the eye-catching flowers, of the common spotted variety, and plenty more in the unmown meadows nearby. After the colourful display, the bluebell wood and the Edge woods provide welcome shade and coolth (is that a word?).

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Coalport on a warm evening

It’s not really long enough to call a walk – barely two miles, but that’s enough on the warm evening of the longest day. On the south side of the river we follow the old Severn valley railway track – cool and shady – before crossing the bridge and walking up the Coalport branch track as far as the china works.

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Two for the price…

Out this afternoon with a friend who wanted to take a look at the disused station at Linley – and out again this evening (the fine weather is too good to waste) for a wander around the Willey lanes. Lots of colour in the verges and hedgerows – truly, sumer is icumen in (though sadly, no cuccu)

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Rowe Lane in summer

We walked this route in early March. Now it’s almost midsummer, and what a difference! The weather’s different too – bright and breezy then, with lots of sunshine. The June sun is reluctant to come out from behind the clouds, but the hedgerow flowers are out in profusion. Despite the lack of sunshine, it’s a colourful scene

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