Church Stretton to Bishops Castle 13.8 mls 2299 ft ascent, Miles so far 81.5   2 comments

Church Stretton to Bishops Castle

It was cold in the B&B last night so just as well Helen had brought the hot water bottles :-). Quite a big walk today so Helen joined me for the first part up to Pole Bank and then circled back down to Church Stretton to pick up the van (walking 9.5 miles herself in the process) while I carried on to Bishops Castle. Lovely views back down Townbrook Hollow, looked just like a fully fledged mountain range but in miniature.  By the way I suspect everyone knows by now that if you double click on the route or any of the pictures they will come up almost full screen 🙂

The terrain reminded me that I learnt something the other week. When walking through heather in places such as Church Stretton, the Berwyns etc I have thought for years how much I would like to take home a wheelbarrow full of that lovely rich looking black soil that abounds in these areas because I was convinced it would be really good for the garden. However, I’ve read lately that this type of soil is on it’s last legs and devoid of any goodness at all. It’s just incredibly acidic. This, of course is why the heather grows so well and I guess everybody else probably knew this. It struck me that I’ve been deluding myself for years and made me worry about other things that I could be completely wrong about without having a clue.

Glider battling against the wind

Anyway, back to the walk, I was surprised at how many gliders there were flying out from Church Stretton aerodrome in what was quite a strong wind. I’m fairly certain the pilot in this picture was aware I was trying to take a photo of him and was posing for me for a while. Picked up the Shropshire Way again at the aerodrome and I think this is the last day on this path as we’ll be transferring to Offas Dyke when we set off from Bishops Castle. It was strange coming to the end of the Long Mynd as all of a sudden the scenery changed completely and it was a really obvious difference in a very short distance.

Arrived at Bishops Castle about 16:00 and we are spending a non-walking day here tomorrow so that we can have a proper look around. Two important things we’ve spotted so far are that there appears to be an excellent cafe / secondhand bookshop in town and there is also a pub called the Three Tuns with it’s own brewery.

Looking back down Townbrook Hollow


Posing at Pole Bank


Posted March 9, 2012 by derektruby in Uncategorized

2 responses to “Church Stretton to Bishops Castle 13.8 mls 2299 ft ascent, Miles so far 81.5

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  1. Hello Both

    Just had a very enjoyable break reading your progress to date and will report to the Farndon Group on Tuesday! It sounds as though the planning has paid off and you’re making a steady progress in a real mixture of weather. Wonder if you saw the metior from your van beds what a sighting. Love all the pictures, thank you for keeping us up to date.
    All the Best Rachel x

    • Hi Rachel,

      Thanks very much for your kind comments, they give us incentive to carry on and it’s good to know that somebody is reading the blog :-).
      Didn’t spot the meteor I’m afraid, we were probably well asleep by then.

      Cheers, Derek & Helen x

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