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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Preen, Broome and Plaish

Broome barely exists! Just a few farm buildings, a little way from the single-track road. Plaish has its Hall, and Church Preen its Manor – and (obviously) church. Halls and manors notwithstanding, this is very quiet country, especially on a grey and breezy Sunday afternoon. Being December, the poor camera is struggling by the time (not long after 3pm) we’re completing our circuit, but it’s been very pleasant wandering around these lanes.

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Bright, breezy

…and the leaves have all gone. Well, most of them anyway. The morning looks like being a little better than the afternoon – a touch more sunshine, that’s all. It’s quite cold and there’s a stiff breeze, though the lanes (Scots, Britons, Bould et al) between Willey and Linley Brook are fairly sheltered. It’s good to be out on a day like this.

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It’s winter

We expected clear blue skies, but a bank of cirrocumulus drifted over for a time. However, we didn’t expect snow, and while there wasn’t much of it, a recent fall, lingering especially on the north-facing slopes, provided us with scenes we’ve not enjoyed for some time. The Hope Bowdler hills are no great height, but they make up for it by providing wonderful views, extensive to the south and south-west, where the mountains of south Wales form the skyline around 50 miles distant. It’s good up here in winter!

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