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Ludlow Castle

Thursday 25th August 2016

It was raining lightly by the time I arrived at the entrance to Ludlow Castle. I can’t remember whether or not I was expecting a ruin of a building to offer some form of shelter but I know I wasn’t prepared to pass on the opportunity to visit and explore.

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Exploring Ludlow

Thursday 25th August 2016

Following my final night in Shropshire, I awoke early the next morning to a cold and damp environment. Outside of my tent, I could see little but grey cloud all around. Much of hilly landscape has disappeared overnight.

I had hope to be able to do a final walk up to Brown Clee Hill – I even drove out to the start of the walk after packing away my gear. But, the conditions were only here to stay. I didn’t fancy getting wet feet or an exerting climb up to a hilltop without views.

So, several hours ahead of schedule, I paid a visit to the Medieval town of Ludlow.

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Wroxeter Roman City

Wednesday 24th August 2016

During my time in Shropshire, I felt an urge to do and see as much as possible, within the four-nights and five-days of my stay.

Having walked around and explored Carding Mill Valley and the Long Mynd (see my previous two posts), I then drove north – away from the camp site – to explore an attraction that is currently maintained by English Heritage.

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Long Mynd and Carding Mill Valley (Part 2)

Wednesday 24th August 2016

Having arrived at Lightspout waterfall, I now faced two options in continuing this walk…

I could retrace my way along the rocky route and continue up Mort’s Road to the hilltops. Or, I could tackle an immediate scramble up beside the waterfall…

Either way, I was destined for the summit of the Long Mynd.

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Long Mynd and Carding Mill Valley (Part 1)

Wednesday 24th August 2016

This was it. A walk I had been highly anticipating, in the run-up to my Shropshire Hills getaway.

It began with a drive to Church Stretton, where I’d be looking to explore the Long Mynd and Carding Mill Valley.

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Bishop’s Castle

Tuesday 23rd August 2016

On the eve of what would become my second walk in Shropshire, I returned to my camp site with a need to purchase lunch for the next day.

During my trip to Harry Tuffins near Churchstoke the day before, I walked the many aisles without finding a single sandwich. While I did buy some other things, I must admit, I do like my bread.

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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.

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Visiting Ironbridge

Tuesday 23rd August 2016

My second full day in Shropshire and, after a day of walking, I decided to take this Tuesday a bit more easily, with a tourist-style visit to Ironbridge, which was no more than an hour’s drive from the camp site.

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