Out like a lamb…

The beginning of March wasn’t exactly leonine, though the first couple of days were cold and grey. The last two days look like being warm (by late March standards), calm and sunny. This afternoon was certainly a good one for exploring the quiet uplands of Wenlock Edge, to the north-west of the Munslows. We didn’t meet anyone else on this five mile stroll, but there’s no shortage of sheep – and lambs, of course.

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To Bannister’s and Belswardyne

A (not very) circular route from Sheinton on a beautiful spring day, taking in Bannister’s Coppice, which is open and airy at this time of year, and the fields and woods around Belswardyne Hall. We thought we might see deer, but not today, though their footprints are in abundance. Heading back from Belswardyne, there are very young lambs in the fields and a fine view to the Wrekin.

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Big sky

Big clouds! It’s cold, bright, breezy, showery… A walk to Red Lane, where the clouds are brilliant white against the deep blue of the sky. When they’ve passed, that is; when they’re above, they’re more of a threatening dirty grey – will we get wet? A few drops in the wind, that’s all, then the sun is shining again – for a while. We’ve timed it well. There are a couple of sharp showers, with hailstones, soon after we’ve arrived home again.

The Albynes

A walk from Willey, on a fine, sunny and altogether pleasant afternoon. We follow Bould Lane to its foot, then cross the road and continue beside Linley Brook. Beyond the cottage, it’s a muddy jungle, then we’re up out of it and soon passing the Albynes, with fields full of sheep and lambs. Re-crossing the road takes us on over Nordley Common and back down to the Smithies, for our usual way back past Lower Pool.

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Swinney and the Dingle

A grey but pleasant afternoon. The sun’s trying to shine – perhaps it will succeed just as we’re arriving home again… It’s a familiar route. We’ll walk down the lane towards the river, past the ancient-looking buildings at Swinney Farm. The old railway track will lead us to Jackfield: there, we’ll take the path up the dingle which, despite some mud, is always an enjoyable way back up the hill.

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