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    • Day 33


      June 4, 2023 in England ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

      After leaving Chester, we drove through the Shropshire Hills in the Welsh County of Shropshire. This area was full of even more rolling green hills and countryside.

      We then stopped at Ludlow, which
      has the reputation of being the "loveliest town in Britain". It borders Wales and England and is on the River Teme.

      The town features Tudor buildings and has pubs dating from the 1300's.

      The Norman invaders started building Ludlow Castle in 1095. Much of it is now in ruins.

      It is a very pretty place and it's castle, houses and shops are almost quintessentially English (and Welsh).
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    • Day 60

      Last day in Ludlow

      June 7, 2018 in England ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

      Our main aim today was to have lunch at the Green Cafe down on the river under Ludlow Castle. This we achieved in some style with a delightful meal. The day came over a bit cool in the afternoon after a sunny morning. Spent the afternoon organising ourselves for the next part of our trip. Pat leaves us tomorrow for London and we are moving on to Shrewsbury for 2 nights them a farm stay in the Lakes District for 4 nights. Bought some fish for tea so a nice home cooked meal and an early night are in order.Read more

    • Day 55


      June 2, 2018 in England ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

      On our first morning we found it difficult to get out of our very comfortable beds. Eventually we got up and made ourselves some lovely breakfast. The markets are in in town on Saturday so we walked up and got some supplies for the next day or so. Very buzzy in town with lots of people out shopping and sightseeing. The town centre has a great feeling about it with the old buildings leaning over the footpaths.
      Kept the day pretty quiet to build up some energy for the next 6 days. Cooked up a local chicken roast for tea which we all enjoyed.
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    • Day 57

      Ludlow Day 3

      June 4, 2018 in England ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

      Today we got the car out again and went to explore the Shropshire country side. First stop was Bridgnorth where we walked the town centre, looked through the old Town Hall and rode the funicular railway. The railway connects the upper and lower parts of the town and is the steepest rail in Britain.
      Next we drove over to Ironbridge which has the first iron bridge built in the world. It is currently undergoing restoration and covered in a big plastic sheet. However they have provided a viewing platform to see the restoration works which gave a great insight into the construction of the bridge.
      After a late lunch in Ironbridge we moved on to Much Wenlock then home via Church Stretton.
      A good day out all round.
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    • Day 56

      Ludlow Day 2

      June 3, 2018 in England ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

      Started today with a nice feed of Shropshire bacon and eggs all round.
      Walked up into town to the antiques market being held in the main square. Had a look around the cathedral in the centre of town. Stopped at the Green Cafe down by the river, it looked good so vowed to come back for a bite to eat.
      Took the scenic route back along the other side of the Teme River and stopped off at the Charlton Arms for a beer.
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    • Day 58

      Ludlow Day 4

      June 5, 2018 in England ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

      We started today by going into town to have a look at Ludlow Castle. On the way we called in to Dinham House which is next to the castle walls. This 18th century house is being used as a shopfront for slow combustion heaters, but has been set up like a museum so people can wander anywhere within the house. We had a good look around even into the basements.
      The Castle was well worth a look. Even though it is a ruin, there is enough left to give a good feeling of how it would have been when in use. The views from the towers over Ludlow and the countryside were impressive. We followed up with a visit to the Green Cafe on the edge of the Teme where a lemon scone with lemon curd and clotted cream was enjoyed. Yum!! We vowed to come back for lunch later in the week.
      Later in the afternoon we went for a short drive to see the towns and countryside to the west of Ludlow. First stop was Bishop's Castle which is another nice market town. We then drove on to Clun where we walked up the hill to the remains of Clun Castle. Not much left of the castle but great views over the town and cows in the fields around.
      On the way home we found a nice pub (Hundred House) where we stopped for a good dinner.
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    • Day 54

      Ludlow here we come

      June 1, 2018 in England ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

      Today is our drive to Ludlow where we have a cottage booked for a week. We are looking forward to spending some time in one place and having a relaxing time. Sue drove us to the car rental yard close by. This was the first time we had hired from Enterprise Car Rental, and we were pleasantly surprised by the service and pick up process. They gave us a Nissan Qashqai (with satnav) which was better than the car I was expecting. We drove back to the house to pick up Pat and the bags then took off to Ludlow. The drive was about 5 hours mainky because the M25 was like a carpark for much of the first part of the drive. Once we got onto the more minor roads all went well.
      Vineyard cottage in Ludlow is more than we ever expected. It is down a little lane on the edge of town and is beautifully presented. We would like to stay here for the rest of our time in the UK.
      After unpacking we walked into town to get some food for brekky tomorrow then to the Wheatsheaf Inn next door for a lovely English dinner. The Inn was full of locals with broad country accents which added to the charm.
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    • Day 23

      Lovely Ludlow and Castle Ruins

      September 26, 2017 in England ⋅ 🌫 14 °C

      After a nice breakfast, our gracious hosts showed us the town of Ludlow and its castle. A lovely little town (almost on the border with Wales) with picturesque streets and cute wee shops. A lot of history there.

      We saw the magnificent parish church of St Laurence. Absolutely beautiful building and a delight to wander through. Amazing stained glass windows - more recent than the full, old history but they were stunning.

      Alma ascended the numerous steps to the top with us - quite a height and a quite narrow staircase! A glimpse at the bells inside and then 360° views of the town and countryside. Fantastic time.

      Then it was off to morning tea at the Ludlow Castle tearooms. Radi had delicious coffee while Wade tried the dandelion and burdock juice (kind of like cola but more aniseed-ey). Not bad.

      Refreshed and vitalised, we marched on to Ludlow Castle. Wow. Just wow.

      Imagine an old, semi-ruined ("they should have the roof mended") castle, nestled in the rolling hills, the horizon shrouded in mist. Or just look at a photo below. Anyway, really great to wander through in the steps of so many people who would have been there centuries ago.

      Apparently they used to do outdoor Shakespeare plays in the castle. Would have been an amazing backdrop and setting! Oh and they still do have jousting tournaments and battle renenactments! (Not when we were there sadly).

      The castle has a lot of history. King Arthur (the king before his younger brother Henry VIII) spent time there and also subsequently died there, and it was also where those two princes were taken from to The Tower of London. Chris and Alma were of course fantastic guides and explained so much more (including pointing out the where guns were arrayed during a siege).

      Loved the castle and would highly recommend. Next stop, Crofts Castle (a different type of castle).
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