500 Mile Reward

Despite this years obstacles, firstly floods and then limited walking due to lockdown I have eventually reached 500 miles in my #walk1000miles challenge. I am so pleased that I am half way there :-)

As luck would have it my 500 mile reward (only ordered on Sunday) arrived today. I am looking forward to trying these summer weight socks when the sun decides to put its hat on.

After a bit of trial and error over the past couple of days I have planned a new walking route to explore.

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Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.

Kahlil Gibran

Near Durdle Door

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Berkeley Castle

Berkeley Castle

Gatehouse

Berkeley Castle

Berkeley Castle

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Hurdy Gurdy

This composite instrument, the body dating back to the 17th century and carved from a single block of English beech has a birch table. The head and key box are by the French maker Francois Louvet who presumably restored and added to this ancient instrument following irrevocable damage suffered in the 18th century.*

*From a sign next to the Hurdy Gurdy

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…tricking Mr C into a short walk

Buildwas Abbey

On Saturday afternoon we visited Buildwas Abbey which turned out be more brief than we had intended. Parts are inaccessible at the moment due to renovations and barriers closing off areas due to Covid-19. Just after we arrived a photographer turned up and whilst taking our own photographs we were careful to try and keep out of the shots that he was framing.

Buildwas Abbey

Buildwas Abbey

Buildwas Abbey

Artwork

After our visit we drove to Much Wenlock with intention of visiting Wenlock Priory if it was open. It was but the car park look busier than we were comfortable with so we continued on our journey passing through Broseley and ending up at Maws Craft Centre. Only a few of the outlets were open so I suggested we explore a pathway that I had noticed as we arrived. Mr C chose a different path that went in the direction of the river and I kept on walking a little bit further. Up and over the Jackfield and Coalport memorial bridge and along the canal past Coalport China Works.

As we walked along the canal we spotted a photographer with his camera on tripod lining up a shot. It was the same man we had seen at Buildwas Abbey. As we approached  he did a double take and I quipped, ‘we are not following you’ before engaging in a brief conversation.

River Severn

War Memorial

Jackfield and Coalport Memorial Bridge

Jackfield and Coalport Memorial Bridge

River Severn

River Severn

Canal

Hay Inclined Plane

Coalport China Works

Coalport China Works

Canal Crossing

Canal Crossing

Maws Works

My next plan is to persuade Mr C to walk the T50 50 Mile trail with me (in stages). He hasn’t said no…

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A Gosling or Three

My afternoon walk took my to Leegomery Pools. The goslings have grown such a lot that I almost didn’t spot them. After my circuit of the pool I decided to walk back on a route that I had explored last year.

Goslings in disguise

Adolescents

Pathway

Woodhenge

Woodhenge

Walking on this pathway home I noticed another pathway going off in a different direction, just waiting to be explored. I tried a few twists and turns eventually choosing a long curvy pathway that eventually led me back to Leegomery Pools from where I returned home via Woodhenge.

Lockdown Hair

PS: I have a severe case of lockdown hair!

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Walking Challenge Medals

My medals have arrived for two walking challenges that I undertook before the lockdown restrictions were eased.

Due to the recommended hour for a walk once a day I was limited to the 5k (3.1 miles) option.

VE Day Challenge – 3.31 miles completed on 11 May 2020 taking 60 minutes. This event commemorated 75 years since VE day, to raise awareness and to raise money for SSAFA.

NHS Challenge – 4.01 miles completed on 12 May 2020 taking 70 minutes. This event raised money for ‘NHS Charities Together’ during the COVID-19 crisis.

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