Lynsey's Shropshire backpack earlier this month had reminded me that I would like to go and explore those hills myself sometime. So having discovered that Church Stretton is only 1 hour and 20 minutes away by train, I planned a long day walk to take in the majority of the Stretton Hills. Therefore after catching an early train from Stockport this morning, I set off walking from Church Stretton station at around 8:15am after a quick breakfast of Eccles cake and milk from a nearby garage.
|View NE back towards summit of Ragleth Hill|
|The Long Mynd and Little Stretton|
|Small Batch corrie|
|Summit of the Long Mynd|
The mist was slightly disorientating at times and I had to make sure that I didn't drop too far down into Jonathan's Hollow to avoid reaching the A49 too far south. Instead I crossed a minor road just to the south of Plush Hill before continuing to descend the grassy hillside. Soon afterwards I found a sheltered spot and stopped for a quick lunch of cheese and pickle rolls.
I soon left the open access area and began following footpaths across the farmland, interspersed with a level crossing across the railway line and re-crossing the A49 again. At Comley, I began the ascend up the interesting ridge of The Lawley. This was an interesting hill, which formed a well defined SW-NE ridge. Once up on the ridge, I was intermittently back in the mist before I reached the summit of The Lawley (HuMP) at around 1:30pm, complete with a nearby weather vane and the remains of a trig point.
|Weather vane on the summit of The Lawley|
|Caer Caradoc Hill|
|Summit of Caer Caradoc|
|Rocky outcrop on Caer Caradoc|
|Summit of Hope Bowdler Hill|