The Shropshire Hills by Catherine Evans :: 16th May 2013

View from the Long Mynd

Yesterday I had a wonderful day showing a visiting Swedish journalist around the County. The only thing against us was the weather! We started the day with a whistle stop tour of Hobsons Brewery , unfortunately it was a little early to sample the product! Next stop was Ludlow for a stroll round the castle and the independent shops, checking out the gourmet restaurants of La Becasse and Mr Underhills. Back in the car for a short trip to Stokesay Castle. I love this romantic fortified, medieval manor house – not really a castle at all! Fortunately by now the rain had cleared and there was a little blue sky! The photo shows one of the many views from the Long Mynd, the sun was just trying to break through in the distance. After touring both the Long Mynd and the Stiperstones we were getting hungry so made a quick stop in CLun to photograph the bridge and the castle we carried on to Rocke Cottage Tearooms where Karin served us a delicious lunch, followed by a selection of homemade cakes – do try the sticky ginger cake or the chocolate and beetroot cake! It was time to head back home and the station for Petra, just long enough for a couple of viewpoints off the Clee Hills and more photos. A brilliant day out in our fabulous County.

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