29th April 2018
Weather: Cloudy all day. A few drips of rain early on. Cold.
More tracks in the trees. I abandoned the intended route as too muddy & descended to the old railway line. An ascent to get a view from Ippiken Rock. Into Much Wenlock where little seemed to be happening. Descent to Ironbridge Gorge, along another old railway line to Coalport.
For once, a lively hostel at breakfast. It is a weekend, after all
View from the foot of Wenlock Edge to NW and the “Stretton skyline”, which I have fond memories of walking.
The track (not muddy!)
Views from Ippikin Rock
If you wondered what I meant about the GPS track inaccuracies leading to those odd maximum speed figures, here’s an example. I assure you I did not run up & down 50m within a few seconds
The cold weather is holding back swathes of garlic flowers
More museum pieces outside Much Wenlock
The Guildhall, church etc in centre
this fine specimen grazing nearby
A place where old Agas go
Walking along Offa’s Dyke, signposts were common, making route finding easy. Until Craven Arms this was harder, now I am largely following the Shropshire Way
Large cooling towers through the trees on descending towards Ironbridge Gorge
and here’s the iconic bridge, with scaffolding and covers for restoration work.
View from the Iron bridge
If you have never visited Ironbridge museums, you are missing a treat
Iron Bridge, again shrouded, from other side
Another railway walk
Passing a church in Jackfield, I stopped to listen to a brass band practising “Jerusalem” inside.
Bottle kilns at the China museum.
The hostel is next door. A couple and the person I am sharing a dorm with (Desmond), and a party of teenage school children. I had to ask for the teenagers’ loud music to be turned off which started at bedtime.