Walk 90A (#24) [11 miles] - Wentnor, Asterton & Medlicott

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Maybe it wasn't such a clever idea, but 4 of us decided to do a walk from Wentnor with Mike and Beryl leading the way. We parked and set off across the fields heading towards the Long Mynd. The gliding club on the top was clearly visible, but sensibly the pilots were not playing today. We reached Asterton and started to walk along the bridleway below the Long Mynd.

Some wise words to ponder on in a few months time

To the west we could see the rain slowly moving in but managed to convince ourselves that it would pass us by. We continued to Stanbatch where we made a left turn onto the Shropshire Way and promptly stopped for coffee.

Looking west to Adstone Hill and Stiperstones

Looking south west towards Bishop's Castle

We continued as spits and spots of rain started to make their presence felt and arrived at Medlicott where, at Manor Farm took a wrong turning and missed the footpath but quickly put ourselves right and continued, climbing quite steeply all the while as the rain became more persistent. We stopped and donned waterproofs and turned left to Priory Cottage and then Coates Farm and crossing over Adstone Hill where we eventually stopped for lunch near Kinnerton Cottage.

For a short while the rain gave us a break but returned as we climbed up past Birchope and eventually the long descent to Lower Gravenor where we crossed the River Onny - quick wash of boots - and then a final climb back to Wentnor. Just under 11 miles and for all the weather, a good bit of walking. Many thanks to Mike and Beryl for letting us tag along.



Walk 90 [6.3 miles] - Hopton Castle, Hopton Titerhill & Bucknell Hill

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What a cracking day for weather! 11 of us set off from the car park in the woods near Hopton Castle off along forestry tracks. Soon we were climbing up to the top of Hopton Titerhill where the low lying mist gave a magical quality to the scenery.

Panorama from Hopton Titterhill
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Then we went down the hill and out of the woods where we stopped for coffee overlooking Bedstone and Darkey Dale.

A sort of 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind' moment. The group admire the view

Beautiful autumn colours

Beautiful autumn colours

Panoramic view of Hopton Titterhill
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We slowly crossed the fields heading towards Darkey Dale

Dropping down to Darkey Dale
above 3 photos courtesy Ian-Hay-Campbell

then climbed up Bucknell Hill via Mynd Scrubbs and above Honeyhole where at Fiveways we stopped for lunch in the warm autumn sunshine with Chapel Lawn below us.

Panorama of Chapel Lawn from above Honeyhole
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Suitably rested we continued on our way to Great Hagley and eventually back to our cars. Many thanks to Mike Starr for taking us round this 6.3 mile walk.



Walk 89 [8.8 miles] - Burrington, Mocktree & Downton Castle

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Six of us parked our cars and got ready for the walk from Burrington.

Ian preparing for action

It was pleasantly cool and ideal for walking as we stepped out across the fields behind Burrington, joined the road near the bridge over the Teme and set off for Downton on the Rocks. Skirting round Old Downton Lodge we climbed up the track and then up the long avenue of trees to the top where, by mutual consent, coffee was taken.

Leintwardine from the coffee stop

We slowly crossed the fields heading towards Darkey Dale

Admiring the weir at Downton
above 2 photos courtesy Ian-H-C

Downton Castle from the weir on the Teme

A good spot for lunch

The sun made a brave appearance during our break, but quickly vanished as we set off up for our final climb of the day up Burrington Hays

The sun just catching Downton Castle
above 2 photos courtesy Ian-Hay-Campbell

and then down towards Burrington - pausing to admire the now newly complete footbridge before crossing the fields where Mike Ian & Margaret got into a (lengthy) conversation with a mole catcher.


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