After a gap of a few years we returned to The Cider House at Neen Sollars for our fourth visit, our third with David & Penny. After loads of rainfall, it was always going to be wet underfoot, but we nevertheless managed to get some walking in.
The first day (Saturday) saw us head for Ludlow, one of my favourite places by way of Titterstone Cleehill where we got out, had a blow and a short walk to exercise the dogs and our lungs. The air is so wonderful in The Marches, and from the Clee Hills you can see so far into England and Wales – a fact not lost on the National Air Traffic System who have located a number of radar installations on the top of the hill, around an abandoned quarry.
The rest of the day went to form – a walk around the market, the purchase of some tripe sticks, a drink in The Bull, a visit to the butchers to buy sausages – the things we always do when we visit Ludlow.
The next day we drove to Bewdley and walked beside the River Severn up the west bank to Arley, had a drink and a sandwich at The Harbour Inn and then walked back on the eastern side of the river.
Of course we were walking beside the Severn Valley Railway and so photo opportunities were readily available – see the link to the pictures at the bottom; but I was also able to take a short video of a train going over the Victoria Bridge, just south of Arley.
Then on Monday, as David & Penny were leaving us that day, we drove to Kinver Edge, where in the wonderful autumn sunshine we did a circular walk along the edge, through the woods, past the cave houses, up the MBX course and back through the autumn colours of the woods before driving down to Kinver to have lunch and say farewell.
We returned via Kidderminster – strange place; that’s all I’ll say!
There’s a link to a few pictures of the weekend below.