Walk 67 [9.16 miles] - Leintwardine, Brandhill & Shelderton

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7 of us set off from Leintwardine in a thick mist but with the promise of sun once we climbed higher.

We headed east towards Whitton then north turning to parallel the road and climbing all the while eventually emerging at Billings Wood where we crossed the A4113

Looking south west towards Mortimer Forest

and turned left to Mocktree Farm where we emerged into bright sunlight and were able to take in the clear views all around with the river valleys covered in mist.

Wenlock Edge

We continued to Brandhill Farm where we turned

The rock cliff at Brandhill Farm

left and started our return heading south to Shelderton but not before we stopped to inspect the impressive rock face as Brandhill Farm.
Once through Shelderton we crossed a few field and then stopped for lunch on a convenient bank overlooking the Clun valley.

the Clun valley

After resuming we continued South to Stormer Hall then returned to Leintwardine but not before we crossed a field advising us to beware of the bull! Fortunately he appeared to be away for his Christmas holidays. Later in the village, Mike spotted an Austin 7, and got into conversation with the owner who was about to bravely embark on a journey to Bristol.

Maybe the sign should have said Beware of the Colin?

Mike gets into conversation with the owner of this Austin 7

9.16 miles of most enjoyable walking and just the job to settle the Christmas fare, and then is was back to Mike & Beryl's for tea an Christmas cake! Many thanks to Mike for leading us.


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Walk 66 [6½ miles] - Clun, Bicton & Colstey

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It was good to get out into the hills after a few frustrating weeks of bad weather.

Six of us set off from the Memorial Car Park in Clun and we were pleased to welcome Vanessa from Bedstone who joined us.

We headed up along the Shropshire Way in the direction of Whitcott Keyset. The weather was overcast with a few spits and spots of rain, and with the occasional promise of sunshine - alas not fulfilled (although after we finished the walk the sun came out in the afternoon - typical!). We climbed steadily until eventually a short break for coffee was called for.

Looking ahead to Newcastle on Clun

Looking back towards Clun

We continued a gentle climb then headed towards Bicton, avoiding a rutted and muddy sunken track.

Didn't want to go down there - too muddy

It was then off to Colstey, staying briefly on the main road along a stretch charmingly named Tadpole Bank before turning back towards Clun. It was at about this time that rumblings of hungry tums were heard and we found a conveient spot in the corner of a field for lunch.

After that it was downhill all the way, along Jack Mytton Way and back to the Memorial Car Park. About 6½ miles - very many thanks to Colin and Anne for guiding us.


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Walk 65A (#10) [8¼ miles] - Clun & Bury Ditches

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Well they say that not all the loonies are locked up, and today was proof positive!

Three of us set off from Clun in thick mist (for once the TV forecaster was spot on). We left Clun heading towards Bury Ditches via the Youth Hostel heading north east and climbing all the while.

Just a tad on the misty side

We skirted round the south of Steppeknoll and decided to have a quick break for coffee.

After re-starting we were suddenly joined by Kato, a Jack Russell who seemed very pleased to have come company - more of him later. We then arrived at Dawes Lines only to discover that suddenly the path had been diverted. Do you think we could find the diversion? Could we eckaslike!

We then took a sharp left on to the Shropshire Way and climbed Sunny Hill and entered Bury Ditches - the views were fabulous - but could we see them? - No.

Information board at Bury Ditches

Along Jack Mytton Way and round the north of Steppeknoll - still with Kato in attendance and stopped for lunch at a band in the track near Guilden Down. At this point Mike telephoned Kato's owner who was very pleased to hear we had him.

We returned to Clun along Jack Mytton Way, delivering a now very dirty and smelly Kato to his owner by the Youth Hostel - he had been with us for about 2½ hours and by our reckoning must have done at least 8 miles to our 4.

Kato

As we descended into Clun the mist slowly started to lift. We had covered 8¼ miles in 3½ hours. Thanks to Geri & Mike for their company.


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