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Shropshire Ramblings

Shropshire Ramblings


Postby icemandan » Wed Sep 01, 2010 8:47 pm

Date walked: 01/09/2010

Time taken: 7

Distance: 20 km

Ascent: 400m

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Shropshire has never really been on my hillwalking radar but a visit to friends near Ludlow at the Bank Holiday took us down that way. Quite a revelation. Although not far from Birmingham, the roads are awful so it's nice and quiet. The hills go up to 1500 ft, some are steep and pointy and they command very long views from the Cotswolds to North Wales. There is even the odd bit of rock and they are set in fantastic lush green countryside with lots of superb pubs.

Sunday took us to the Long Mynd. In the morning we drove up to the Cardingmill Valley near Church Stretton. A torrential shower blew up so we headed for tea-shops and antique centres until it passed. We drove over to the tiny hamlet of Bridge and had a pint at a pub there. The drive over the Mynd is quite something. It's single track and busy with not many passing places and has a long unprotected drop down into Carding Mill. Our friends told us that its not uncommon to find wrecked cars at the bottom. If you've ever seen the Top Gear episode in Bolivia you'll get the idea. A pleasant stroll took us up and over the Mynd
Ascending Long Mynd.jpg
before dropping steeply down into the surprisingly wild Cardingmill valley which has steep rocky sides and a waterfall. There's a shuttle bus which goes around the bottom of these hills at weekends.

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Did a longer walk on sunday starting from our friends' house in Orleton our_route.gpx[/attachment]. Went low level through the village of Yarpole which has a 12th Century bell tower and an excellent pub which detained us for a while. Then through the Fishponds valley to Croft Castle and tea, scones, jam and wasps. Climbed up to Croft Ambrey which just nudges above the 1000 ft mark and has stunning views as far as the Berwyns in North Wales, Brecon Beacons and the Cotswolds. A path through the woods along the ridge led back down to Orleton.
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