Wednesday, December 30, 2015

The Marches

We ended up staying around the Marches (English/Welsh border lands) between Christmas and New Year. Each town has a unique feel. Ludlow is very Norman influenced town. Shrewsbury a medieval feel. Bishops Castle, is just unique.

I find it quite fun to just walk around town.

The museum is well worth a visit. It has a pretty rich local cultural history from stone age, roman, viking, norman and Darwin of course (his home town).

Across form the Abbey is an old hospital.

The Abbey was on our visit list, but it closed just before we got there.

So we wandered back to the Railway station.

Swans enjoying the running high river Severn.

Most days I went for stroll out in the English country side. I do miss it.

I took Heidi and Matheo on a walk up to Flounders Folly . Some quite nice views from up there. 

Would have been fun to go up it. The air was clear between the rain showers. 

Lots of pretty walks around Wenlock edge area, but you need wellies for all of them this time of year. A good topographical map is essential too, easily found in the U.K. though.

Another day we headed out west by Clun castle. I jumped out and ran round in the rain. This was the day of prelonged heavy rain. It did flood around a bit but nothing like it did up in Yorkshire.

When we arrived in Bishops Castle
rain water was fountaining out of the drains about 2 feet!
After a short while, having taken shelter in the Three Tons Brewery  the rain stopped and we continued our tour down to the Six Bells Brewery.

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