Shropshire and vicinity

We stayed in a lovely self-catering cottage - really a beautifully converted barn - near Ludlow. There were sheep and donkeys in the adjoining pasture, chickens, and, next door, alpaca.

We popped into Ludlow regularly, for the market, the Food Centre, a visit to St. Laurence Church, and to visit the Rose & Crown pub, which had just re-opened after a restoration.

A farm along the road from the guest house
Ludlow
Ludlow's Market
Sausage sandwich at Vaughan's, a visit to the Rose & Crown.
In the Rose & Crown
Bridge over the River Teme, Ludlow
Weir along the river
Ludlow Castle from a nearby hill

On a recommendation from Deb's parents, we spent a day driving the Black and White Trail, in Herefordshire. The tour takes you through ten charming villages filled with black and white, timbered houses. It took us a full day to visit four villages! Many of the houses date from medieval times, while some are newer. All are interesting!

The first village we visited was Dilwyn (pronounced Dillon).

The second village was Weobley (Webley).

Weobley has a road that goes all around the town - if you were to turn right where the Land Rover is, then right again at the end of the road, and keep turning right, you are back where you started.

Upon leaving Woebley in the rain, we proceeded to Pembridge, where the rain stopped for a bit (Kenny claims this is due to his lucky trousers).

Our fourth, and final, village was Eardisland, according to the Black & White Trail guide, "perhaps the prettiest village in Herefordshire."

Back in Ludlow for a rainy day out, we did a bit of shopping, and visited St. Laurence Church. We had hoped to climb the tower and enjoy the view, but with the rain and low clouds, we confined ourselves to the interior.

For another day out, we visited Much Wenlock, and, on the way back, went up Clee Hill.

We visited Much Wenlock Priory - a monastery dating to the seventh century
Highland cattle in Much Wenlock
Church of the Holy Trinity, Much Wenlock. The first church on this site dates to the seventh century, while the modern church dates from Norman times.

Another day trip was to Warwick, where we met a photographer friend, Brian Dukes, for a walking tour of Warwick.

Brian Dukes, Ruth, Scott, Deb & Kenny in Warwick

Returning from Warwick we passed through Kidderminster, where there was a pretty little canal near a church with a statue of Puritan minister, Richard Baxter

Looming in the distance in the views of Ludlow from the hillside is Clee Hill. We stopped there on the way back from Warwick.

While in Ludlow we made several attempts to capture a sunset. We didn't find the truly spectacular sunsets that can be seen, but were not entirely disappointed.

We also went up Long Mynd, near Church Stretton. Long Mynd is a high moorland plateau, where sheep graze, heather grows, and there are magnificent views of the village below.

As we left Ludlow and Shropshire, we stopped at St. Peters Church and at castles on our return to Keighley.

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