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Wenlock Edge

Tuesday 23rd August 2016

Faced with an hour’s drive back to the camp site from my day at Ironbridge, I made a spontaneous stop along the way.

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See, I’d heard of Wenlock Edge. Its name even shares half of the title of one of my OS maps for Shropshire… But, I knew nothing of it and had otherwise been prepared to bypass it in favour of other natural attractions.

Along the B4371, if I’m not mistaken, there were two sign-posed National Trust car parks, both of which were free to use. I favoured the ‘second’ one, which I believe was near Presthope.

I parked up, jumped out of my car and reloaded the backpack, without knowing what to expect. I left my OS map out of sight and set off to follow the longer of three colour-coded trails – of the kind, so frequently found in British woodland areas.

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I don’t remember this walk being much longer than two-miles in length and I’m not certain whether I followed it exactly or accidentally criss-crossed with one of the other signed routes.

Regardless, it was good to be walking amongst greenery, with the occasional quarry. Paths went up and down; some with steps, some without. I even had to give way to a National Trust driver towards the end, who came bouncing (literally) down one track in her Land Rover (I hope she didn’t hurt her head).

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At some point of this walk, I met with (and, maybe even, followed) the Shropshire Way… It was interesting because, on every day of my five spent in Shropshire, I seemed to happen upon this long-distance trail – which, as I’ve since learnt, has more recently been divided up in to several shorter circular routes (hence the frequency).

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So, Wenlock Edge may not have been quite the ‘ridgeline’ that I’d anticipated finding (without having planned or researched in advance) but, I doubt I have seen all of it. Beyond that, I also know of abbeys and more to be found in Much Wenlock itself.

On the way back, I stopped at a Harry Tuffins supermarket – one of a local chain, so it seems… I felt compelled to, simply because I liked the name! Actually, that may have been the day before because, on returning to the camp site, I needed to head out again for further food supplies – as you’ll see in my next post.

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Thanks for reading.

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