Had a little stroll out this afternoon as the weather was so bright and sunny. Went up to Mitchells Fold Stone Circle just off the A488 near Shelve, Shropshire. Follow the highlighted link above to the English Heritage site.

Mitchell’s Fold Stone Circle was constructed in the Bronze Age, over 3,000 years ago, using dolerite stones from nearby Stapeley Hill.

Today there are fifteen stones, arranged in a rough circle, but there may once have been as many as thirty. Much of this damage is ancient.

The tallest stone was once one of a pair, and these would have formed an impressive entrance into the circle. It is thought that there may also have been a central stone.

We do not fully understand why stone circles were built, but it is clear that they were ritually important for prehistoric people. They may have provided a focus for funerary rites, or perhaps had a calendrical function, with carefully aligned stones marking important lunar or solar events.

Mitchell’s Fold is just one of a remarkable number of prehistoric monuments in the surrounding landscape; there are also two other stone circles, a long barrow and numerous cairns. Nearby was the important Bronze Age axe factory at Cwm Mawr, where distinctive axe-hammers were produced and traded extensively into central Wales and England.


I also tried out my new Apple IOS6 panorama feature on the iphone4S. See what you think below?!

Then went on up to Corndon Hill just a klick away and watched the Paragliders on the eastern ridge. Managed to get some good shots on the DSLR and some video on the iPhone.

Lady having a tandem ride using the ridge lift. They stayed up quite a while and even found a thermal towards the end.

It got surprisingly chilly up there so I headed back to the car and headed home to Shrewsbury. Saw the sign for this charming hamlet…John Wayne would have been proud.


The Amazing “Singing Toilets’ of Clun


Here is Cluns’ second attraction after the ‘singing toilets’, Clun Castle in all its glory.

And here is the main attraction : The Singing Toilets of Clun.


They are well worth a visit as you will be serenaded while you perform your ablutions. Plus they are the cleanest public toilets I have ever seen. Well done Clunsfolk.

They are situated just over the old bridge in a small FREE car park on the Newcastle on Clun road.

So this is where Tricky Micky and I found ourselves on a sunny but blustery September day.

A Clun Circuit

We started from the small car park and here is the location for the start: OS grid reference SO299808 Lat 51.689503546215704 + Long -3.442513445818019
Postcode SY7 8JR (approx. location only).

The walk was taken from the ‘Walking Britain’ website and is a good free source of walks all over the UK.

The plan was to head out north west on The Shropshire Way which runs between River Clun and River Unk. The way is marked by signs and posts and with well maintained stiles as you can see.


The path is sometimes difficult to pick up as it crosses numerous fields and the use of a 25.000 scale map is recommended over the 50.000 Landranger series.

We managed to wind our way over the fields and the path meets a minor road between Bicton and Whitcott Keysett.

Cefns Ridge

The Shropshire Way continues north west uphill along the edge of a freshly cut field of wheat, although at the time the farmer was ploughing this field so we kept well over to the boundary.


‘Climbing onto the Cefn Ridge’

We met a couple of walkers coming the opposite way but they weren’t very talkative so we pressed on upwards.


The path descends through a field of cattle (which we gave a wide berth) and meets a track running east west. We headed on upwards along the ridge north westwards.


With views of Newcastle on Clun ahead in the distance under a wonderful Shropshire sky.

We eventually came down into the hamlet of Three Gates (counted a few more than that) and ahead at the crossroads. Then up Hergan Hill and eventually turning west towards Offas Dyke Path.

Offas Dyke Trail

Once we met Offas Dyke we headed south following the very well marked long distance path away from Newcastle on Clun.


As an aside I just saw the fastest time has been set for the ODP (Offas Dyke Path). Mike Wood ran it for two charities. Go HERE to donate to his great effort.

This is probably the best part of the walk as the Dyke is clearly visible for alot of this section as it undulates along the border with Wales.

Another road crossing and Tricky Micky decides to build a home made road closure all by himself.


We climbed again out of Mardu and eventually stopped for a quick lunch break sitting on the Dyke. True to form it started to rain, as a brief shower blew in.Image

A lone walker appeared and stopped for a chat. He was doing the ODP in daily stages and he showed us his super duper GPS system so he definately couldnt get lost. I think it was called a ‘satmap’.

He sped off into the distance never to be seen again!

Soon we were hitting another road and crossing The River Clun again as we continued south.


The ODP halfway mark is here showing already knackered walkers how far they still have to go. Demoralising or inspiring? Depends on your attitude I guess. Tricky Micky hangs on to the post for grim death.

We headed on through a farmyard and climbed again up to the road at Springhill Farm.


Jack Mytton Way

We finally leave the ODP and head westwards on The Jack Mytton Way back towards Clun. We were on minor roads by now and hit by another blustery shower but we were on the homeward stretch.

We now had views of Clun Castle over the fields as we descended into Clun.


Another serenade by the toilets and we were off to find a local hostelry and rehydrate ourselves, or not, as the case may be.

It was a pleasing walk of about 11.5 miles and lots of climbing involved but still enjoyable. This is great walking country with several long distance walks converging and we only saw three people all day.

Come and visit Shropshire, you won’t be disappointed!

Planning a Walk using OS ‘getamap’



Here is a screen capture of my latest map using the OS getamap software. Its free to use and to print out a half page map. You have to register to save your maps and walks and to print out a full page map. I think it costs £15 or thereabouts to join and register; well worth it.

Weather looks ok for Tuesday so I will post some pics and details of the walk.

Walk Planning and other Musings

Planning a walk for next Wednesday with tricky Micky in Shropshire. Looking to try a circuit out of Clun taking in The Shropshire Way and also Offas Dyke LDW. Printed off the map using the Ordnance Surveys ‘getamap’ website which is a fantastic resource and well worth signing up to.

Here is one of my pictures from the Wenlock Edge dawdle yesterday.


Hoping to use my handheld GPS soon. I have found my Garmin Etrex Vista HCX that was missing in the house move a year back. Hopefully I will be able to link it with ‘getamap’ for route finding. Check back soon to see the results.

Wenlock Edge Dawdle

Had a short dawdle along Wenlock Edge yesterday on a nice sunny day.

Parked at the car park halfway along and took my camera and tripod with me to try and get some interesting pics.

Took some general  view pics off the ridge but was not very inspired by what I saw…need to revisit at sunset/sunrise methinks!

More paintings sold!



“Silurian Seas’

I sold this one on Ebay a few weeks earlier to the previous ones I mentioned in the last post. Got some nice feedback from the buyer so that was nice and inspiring.

Again not sold for much but at least I am getting my work out there and some people obviously like it!!?

2011 Paintings sold on EBay UK


“Brown Clee”

Decided to put a couple of old paintings, that I did back in 2011, up on EBay as I was bored with them.Image

“Misty Morning”

They were both painted ‘plein air’ on location in Shropshire and I think they went to a good home. A young student from Bishops Castle bid on them both and won them (for a bargain price I have to say) but good luck to him.