We went off with some friends and so 6 couples rented a big farmhouse in Craven Arms in Shropshire. Just drinking, chatting and walking. Sunday was so lively that we were sitting outside lunchtime having a BBQ and drinking beer in shirtsleeves. Wouldn’t have thought we’d be doing that in mid October.
The Welsh Marches are one of my favourite parts of the U.K. Beautiful countryside and very few people. Fed some horses, drank in some pubs. All told a good weekend.
Quick day trip visit to Ironbridge a historical area and World Heritage Site.
Site of the world’s first iron bridge.
We then walked up to the Blist Hill Victorian Town, a recreation of a village with the various industries and loving conditions.
They had a large shed showing a vessel called the Spry. She’s a trow, a type of boat used on the river.
High spot for me was the Hay Inclined Plane which was used to take small boats carrying goods up and down from the Severn to the Shropshire Canal. They floated the boats onto submerged carts which then were winched or counter-weighted up rails to and from the river/canal. Victorian engineering at its best.
Me and the missus popped out to Clee Hill in Shropshire. I love Clee Hill. A little bit of high heathland. Sheep wandering, cattle grids and lots of gorse and that whole Welsh feel in England. I have refereed at Clee Hill RFC and give to the Kremlin pub afterwards. We had chips out of paper for lunch at a picnic area looking out over the valley towards Wales.