The land of Wilderness and village of honey 22nd June 2018


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The land of Wilderness and village of honey

Date:Friday 22nd


Start:Sandford Avenue Layby

A lovely circular walk, using lesser-known tracks to Cardington, taking in the village of Hope Bowdler, and returning via the Wilderness.

The tracks we'll use were once used by local inhabitants to criss-cross the landscape to attend church, markets and farms. We will return via Cwms Lane, an ancient drovers' road linking Cardington to Church Stretton and beyond. We begin by passing through the ancient hamlet of Hope Bowdler, the farmland of Mount Flirt, through the Gutter and Sharpstones to North Hill farm and on to Cardington. Cardington, mentioned in the doomsday book, will be our lunch time stop, in the community orchard tucked away from roads but on our route. The local beekeeper lives nearby and it is possible to make a visit. After lunch, we will ascend out of the village to The Wilderness and return via Cwms lane, the Drovers track, to our starting point.

The starting point is the layby at the top of Sandford Avenue, on the B4371 towards Much Wenlock. There is plenty of parking here, but you could alternatively walk up to here from Church Stretton (approx 1mile / 20mins, via the quieter Hazler Road).

Overall walk time of around 4 - 5hours; please bring refreshments for a morning and lunch-time stop. Also, walking poles are advisable.

Your walk leaders will be Janet Priestley and Maggie Beckley; contact numbers for info or last-minute cancellations: 01694 723921 or 07456 479740.

Please refer to Info Page for general notes about the walks.

(Photo: James Russell)

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