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
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
oops- big scaffolding over it for restoration
View from bridge
If you have never visited Ironbridge museums, you are missing a treat
Bridge from other side
Another railway walk
Play and listen to Jerusalem (Jackfield)
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 loud music to be turned off which started at bedtime.