Much Wenlock

Sunday 10th February 2019

Following a rainy night, and check out, it was a car ride to the historic town of Much Wenlock. In the town museum you can learn where to find fossils and the social history of the town from the arrival of the Romans in the 1st century through to the Victorians. And of course how in 1850, Dr William Penny Brooke's, established the Wenlock games so becoming a founder of the modern Olympic Games, the 2012 London mascot was named Wenlock after the town.

Having heard outside, a running commentary in the toilets which incidentally cost 20p, we had a nice shop–made coffee in the town centre, Roger decided to leave us as underfoot was slippery and he didn't want to risk an injury, so having already said goodbye to Jane and Martin, it was a smaller group that soldiered on. Roger was quite right to stop as it wasn't long before Alexandra and Simon slipped over in the muddy tracks, both thankfully OK.

High above the town it was easy to see why the Wrekin has become such a distinguishing landmark as it stood out alone, its top hidden by the cloud.

Lunch was taken sitting on the edge in the sunshine before heading back to the car and homeward bound.

“On Wenlock Edge the wood's in trouble; His forest fleece the Wrekin heaves; The gale, it plies the saplings double, And thick on Severn snow the leaves.” A E Housman, A Shropshire Lad [Ed – Sue seems to have gone all poetic on us!]

Report – Sue

Walk rating – Good

Pictures by Alan, Alexandra and Roger

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We could see The Wrekin in the distance which was today shrouded in cloud.

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The power station was still intruding on the views.

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The cloud eventually lifted off The Wrekin.

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We stopped for coffee in this little square in Much Wenlock.

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Then we found some convenient logs for lunch.

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Alexandra practises hanging out her washing.

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