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Shropshire  2015
May 1st - 4th
Walking Group

   Shropshire Diary:

Day 1.
We started our weekend adventure by meeting at Attingham Hall Park near Shrewsbury in pleasant sunshine. This is a 4,000 acre National Trust property which was bequeathed to the nation by the late Lord Berwick. Most of us chose to take a 4-5 mile walk, led by David Burke, through lovely woodland, stopping for lunch at a clearing near a monument where the ashes of the late Lord Berwick were buried. Afterwards we visited the walled garden and some of us had a look around Attingham Hall itself.

We then made our way to the Long Mynd Hotel in Church Stretton. After booking into our rooms, our group of 33 attended a welcome presentation by the manageress followed by a drinks reception and the evening meal.

Day 2.
After breakfast, most of the party set off from the hotel for a 5 mile walk led by Steve Reynolds. After climbing a grassy slope and traversing a wood, we soon found ourselves slowly ascending along a well-defined path in the Carding Mill Valley. After about a mile, we entered Lightspout hollow. This was quite steep and rocky in places and it led us up to the Lightspout waterfall. Here we stopped for coffee.
View from my window
Lightspout Waterfall
This revived us sufficiently to ascend a rocky “staircase” that took us above the waterfall. Further ascending led us to the “Shropshire Way” path at 1550 feet (near the summit of Long Mynd), from which we descended back against a cold wind into Carding Mill Valley. We stopped for lunch at the intersection with Lightspout Hollow and then continued our descent. We decided to have a drink at the tearooms at the Chalet Pavilion, which was a good thing as quite a heavy shower of rain went through while we were inside. We then returned to the hotel to do our own thing until meeting for dinner. After dinner, a table tennis mixed doubles competition took place, having been arranged by Merlyn Young. During the event, Steve Reynolds was given a thank you presentation for organising the break, and also David Burke, who had given assistance.

Day 3.

Steve and Dave led us on a longer but less gruelling walk on the other side of Church Stretton. We started by descending into Church Stretton, crossing the A49, and turning along the old Watling Street. As the early mist changed to warm sun, we followed what appeared to be a sunken track, which had water flowing through it, before climbing up the valley between Helmeth Hill and Caer Caradoc Hill. Turning south through a wood we steadily ascended along a bridle track to Hope Bowdler Hill. We stopped for coffee half way along this track and were pleased to hear the first cuckoo call of the year. We diverted to ascend to the summit of Willstone Hill, and then backtracked to ascend two of the three peaks of Hope Bowdler Hill (1388 feet).
We sheltered from the wind under a rocky outcrop for lunch and then followed the steeply descending ridge. We stopped for a group photograph near another rocky outcrop and at that moment the heavens opened with a mighty downpour. Fortunately, this was short lived and soon passed through, and we continued our grassy descent, with a fine view of the Carding Valley ahead. Crossing flat fields we then retraced our steps through Church Stretton, and returned to the hotel to complete the 6 mile walk. After dinner Steve and Dave organised a quiz to quietly tax our brains until bedtime.

After breakfast the following day, we said our goodbyes and set off home, although some of us spent the day exploring the many interesting venues in the area, with Powis Castle favoured by several.

Report by Jeff Mortimer.                                  Photos by Brian Beardwood       and Jeff Mortimer