27th June 2010.
It was a beautiful, if rather warm day for our visit to Church Stretton.
I led the B party on a moderate 8.5 mile walk on the Long Mynd.
We walked along the popular Carding Mill valley before the long steady climb up to the Long Mynd. Once on the ridge we headed south to folllow the Shropshire Way to pole bank. This is the highest point on the Long Mynd and is marked with a trig point and a toposcope. It provided an ideal place for our lunch stop with a gentle breeze to keep us cool. Our return was along a green path high above Ashes Hollow with good views across the Onny Valley towards Ragleth Hill.
With superb timing we arrived back in Church Stretton at 3.00pm in time for the start of the England v Germany world cup match.
Settled into the Malt House we sampled the local brew. "Shropshire Gold", a light coppergold coloured beer with an unusual blend of body and dryness. 3.8% ABV, superb. With free meatballs, chips and curry sauce at half time we had an enjoyable afternoon.
Oh, and the result. Germany thrashed us 4 – 1
The A party was led by Lorraine Murphy.
The route was similar to that of the B party but done in the reverse direction. Lorraine was due to add on a couple of miles at the end but this was somewhat extended and they ended up doing almost 13 miles.
The C party was led by Hilary Turner. They did a circular walk on the opposite side of the valley centered on Ragleth Hill. Back at the coach they said they had walked all day and assured me that is was not just arround the tea shops.
If you have any good images from the wallks send them to me and I will put them on the website.