Bridges Youth Hostel, Long Mynd, Shropshire
(Ordnance Survey Map Number: 137 Grid Reference: SO 395 965)
9 Ladies go wild in Shropshire:
The Ladies Weekend 2010.
Now the four of us carried on through the lanes till we hit the hills at Pontesbury, and climbed up and over to Bridges Hostel, at Ratlinghope (pronounced 'Ratchup', apparently), and we met up with the other ladies and Angela the warden.
|Descent to Church Stretton,|
Carding Mill Valley down on the left
We separated on top, and the faster ones dropped down to Church Stretton while I checked that the others were still upright - which they were, and Angela beaming at the back saying 'isn't this marvellous' (I think retirement does that to you!) and we also finally descended into the town - walking down as the sheer drop to the right can be unnerving - especially in the wet.
Then a text came through from Jo - I thought she was driving to meet us but no! she had braved the climb over the Long Mynd solo and was hunting for us. We split up again - some ladies had discovered a bike shop not yet open and begged for new brake blocks, Jo needed a brief warm up in the cafe and the few others were getting cold so headed off to the next stop.
|Piggies in the hedge!|
We seem to have spent even longer at Acton Scott - some had paid for full entry and were exploring cow sheds and piglets, and we headed for the cafe for lunch (I think it was about 3pm by now!). Just as I was rounding people up for a photo (now we were all finally back together) Maxine discovered a puncture!
|Acton Scott schoolroom now cafe|
Then the rain, which had gone away for most of the day, found us and drenched us on our final few miles back to the hostel. Showers were good, though!
|Cuddly sheepdog pup|
|Heading into Montgomery - Castle on the hill.|
|Chirbury - Winged wheel plaque on right of pic|
|Well earned breather at Ellesmere!|