(L) The keep/gatehouse of Ludlow castle and (R) view of the inner bailey from the gatehouse. Note the unusual circular chapel on the right.

(L) The drum of the previous carillon mechanism (replaced by an electronic version) and (R) the bells of St. Laurence’s church, Ludlow. The church is unusually large for a parish church, practically a cathedral in its dimensions, and the bells are unusual in being capable of both being swung by ringers and struck by the carillon (which plays a different tune for each day of the week).

West window of St Laurence’s.

(L) Former buildings and (R) the former narrow-gauge railway incline of a quarry on Titterstone Clee Hill. The hill was extensively quarried for the hard-wearing stone dolerite used for road building.

The larger radar dome on Titterstone Clee is used for air traffic control, the smaller for weather monitoring. The domes provide a useful reference point in the distance!

The Long Mynd

(L) Carding Mill valley (National Trust) – a popular route on to the hills of the Long Mynd, starting from the charming town of Church Stretton. (R) Lightspout waterfall at the top of Carding Mill valley.

(L) The ancient Port Way leads towards the highest point of the Long Mynd, Pole Bank (516 m). (R) Looking down one of the many valleys leading off the Mynd.

(L) Descending off the Mynd (R) towards the Strettons and the hills behind them.

(L) Half-timbered house and (R) All Saints Church, with its unusual thatched roof, in the picturesque village of Little Stretton.

Offa’s Dyke

Gate on Offa’s Dyke path just north of the slightly down-at-heel Welsh border town of Knighton. Offa’s Dyke is a large earthwork built in the 8th C along the border between the Welsh kingdom of Powys and the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia, largely following the current English-Welsh border.

(L) The dyke is just visible as a ridge on which the current fence is sitting. (R) Curious sheep.

(L) The holiday cottage, Cariad Cottage, in Ludlow and (R) the Boot Inn in the village of Orleton to the south of Ludlow. Both highly recommended!

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