I’d spent the week near Wenlock Edge, celebrating (commiserating?) a 50th birthday [not mine, yet] and this walk was a stop-off on my way home. After a scary encounter with a talking toilet in Church Stretton, and a lunch-stop on top of the Long Mynd, I parked at The Knolls car-park and followed the all ability trail North-Eastish. I don’t think I’ve walked here before, but the tors looked just how I expected and the information boards gave a good description of the flora and fauna and the relationship between the local people and the landscape.
At the end of the all ability trail, I turned onto the Shropshire Way which follows the line of the tors. Usually I like to keep my feet firmly on the ground but, on reaching the Devil’s Chair, I appear to have come under some sort of diabolical influence and found myself climbing to the top. It felt good sitting on a rock, swinging my legs and admiring the view – and I even managed to climb down without hurting myself.
At Cranberry Rock I had the choice of going back to the car or extending the walk and I chose to go a little further. Exactly where I went, I’m not sure as my GPS batteries had run out but it was past Nipstone Rock. If I’d stuck to paths, I’d have had to go further than I wanted so I took advantage of the Access Land and dropped down the slope towards Knolls Cottage and through a flock of hard-faced dark sheep.
There was only one other car in the carpark when I got back but a couple of cars came in and went straight out again. Aware of the fading light, and the possibility that maybe this carpark attracted a different clientele in the evening, I ate my posh Church Stretton pasty and set off for home.
By the way, the album is brilliant! My favourite tracks so far: Excavating Rita and The Coroner’s Footnote. I can’t wait for the gig in Manchester a week on Saturday.