A Shropshire Bimble   6 comments

Now here’s a rare treat. A blog post write up within a day of the actual event itself. Can I keep this up? Unlikely as I’m off to the Pyrenees next week for some walking so no doubt I’ll be way behind again for the rest of the summer. I’ll enjoy this moment of freshness of memory while I can.

Despite a promising forecast it was chucking it down when we met up with Uncle Fester and surprisingly (as they said they couldn’t make it) The Hard Man and his apprentice LAC. As luck would have it we’d planned a hearty breakfast at the excellent Lazy Trout cafe on the A49. We spent a happy hour looking at the rain outside while scoffing and it had stopped when we finally arrived in Cardington to begin the walk. Our route was to take in the splendid isolated ridge of The Lawley and finishing over Caer Caradoc and Hope Bowdler Hill

The first part of the walk required linking together several footpaths across the local fields

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As you can imagine this involved fields of long wet grass, overgrown stiles and herds of aggressive cows. What fun!

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The views made up for it as the weather began to brighten and we could see our three target hills in the distance

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The walk through Birch Coppice Wood in the dappled sunlight was particularly fine

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We emerged at the far end of the wood to some fine views of The Lawley

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Its a splendid grassy ridge. Not especially high but as it sits on its own, rising from the southern end of the Cheshire Plain its very dramatic. After another bout of field bashing including some electric fence malarky we were on our way to the summit

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Not for long though. We’d been walking non-stop for  3 hours so it was time for rest. A nice cuppa was well deserved and would have been thoroughly enjoyed if I’d managed to remember the stove😦

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Still the grass was comfortable and a chill out was enjoyed by all

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On to the summit where we enjoyed a lively debate about the pending EU Referendum

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Alas the EU regulations that have blighted our country also seem to have dictated that hills in Shropshire must conform to a minimum steepness of “bloody steep”. Those unelected bureaucrats from Brussels! (This is my attempt at political irony – I’m voting “Remain”)🙂

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Poor Uncle Fester was struggling with this steepness rating and we needed a stop halfway up Caer Caradoc.

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At the top the weather was exceedingly fine so we sat again. Its a real mountain in miniature as are many of the Shropshire Hills. Possessing rock tors, crags and brutally steep slopes on all sides. Diminutive in altitude it may be but everything else says “mountain”

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The way down was as you’d expect from a Shropshire Hill – steep. My knees were suffering with the long bouts of flat walking so having climbed back up to the col on Hope Bowdler Hill I decided to leave the out and back to its highest point for another day. The view from the top of Willstone Hill across to the Brown Clee and Titterstone Clee his (Shropshires highest points) was excellent.

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We had thought of extending the walk but time was pressing and the pub in Cardington had a beer with my name on it

The Lawley

A very respectable 11 miles with an even more respectable 3000 feet of ascent. Not bad for these small hills in rural Shropshire. Very fine walking indeed

6 responses to “A Shropshire Bimble

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  1. 3000 feet? Bit much! Of course, if we vote to remain, you’ll be forced to say 914 metres. Lively debate – who was pressing for Brexit?
    Message for TJS – like the shorts, but GET A HAIRCUT! The Youth of Today, I dunno, tsk, etc….

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    • You think I haven’t told him! A barrage of sarcasm hasn’t worked so far.
      Rather surprisingly it was THM that seemed a little (although not totally) pro-Brexit. There does seem to be a lot of people who think let’s just have a gamble with a billion pound economy and see what happens.

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  2. Hello.

    It is eye striking how green landscapes You have there! Excellent photos. So, this week we will know about the decision to leave or stay EU.

    Have a great start of new week.

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  3. Thank you for your comment on my blog. I have been looking for a blog in the UK, relating hiking stories and have really enjoyed this read. Such a contrast to OZ!

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    • Hi Helen, thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. These are some of my “local hills” and very fine they are, small in stature but with a big mountain feel

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