Walk 117 [4.8 miles] - Lyonshall & Holme Marsh

Colin briefing the troops on the walk ahead

OS201 OS137 garmin

A grey and dank day saw 6 of us set off from the church car park at Lyonshall - so naturally, our first port of call was to the church itself, followed speedily by a circuit of the castle and a visit across the moat to see what was what. The castle was important from the 10th to the 16th century, but by the 17th it was recorded as being a ruin.

The moat - starting to fill up nicely

The castle needs a bit of work

We set off with Colin in the lead who was most informative on the history of the area and we were soon following part of the old 8 mile long tramway laid down in 1818 and used to import coal and iron from South Wales and take out cast iron, lime and agricultural produce - it closed in 1863. Before leaving the tramway Colin set about finding Tramway Pool where the tramway horses were given a good drink.

Colin tells Ian all about the tramway whilst the ladies march ahead

In a short while we came across Offa's Dyke and not long after, a convenient bench on a bridge was too inviting not to stop for coffee.

Our return to Lyonshall took us through maize fields (crop now harvested) and cider apple orchards as well a a couple of fields where we were subjected to close scrutiny by a number of friendly horses. We reached the cars at the church after 4.8 miles. A really interesting walk, and our thanks to Anne & Colin for leading on this occasion.

Erm - got any apples?


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