Eaton Manor Dark Skies

On  Saturday 6th July 2019 the Shropshire Astronomical Society are organising an Eaton Manor Dark Skies event. The event starts at 3pm and there is an entry fee of £2.

Eaton Manor Dark Skies will have Space related activities including Meteor, Solar and Stellar observing. There will be a Telescope clinic, so don’t forget to bring along your telescope, Planetarium tours of the night sky and presentations and talks.

Eaton Manor has some of the Darkest Skies in South Shropshire so is perfect for this event. It is at Eaton under Heywood along the northern edge Wenlock Edge not far from Church Stretton.

This Eaton Manor Dark Skies event is open to all who have enquiring minds, young and older. There are facilities for the disabled.

For more information contact: john@eatonmanor.co.uk and www.eatonmanor.co.uk/location/ for direction.

 

Walking Festivals and Challenges 2019

Shropshire is a great area for walking in and for those of you who enjoy organised events I have put together a list of some of our local walking festivals. I will give a quick summary and let you research further.

A photograph of the Kemp Valley, near Bishop's Castle, South Shropshire

Kemp Valley, near Bishop’s Castle, South Shropshire

Bishops Castle Ramble, Scramble, Amble, May 11th 2019. Three walks from Bishops Castle or to bishop castle for the amble. Raising money for Bloodwise.

Bishops Castle Walking Festival 15th May until 19th May 2019 . This is the 21st Walking Festival in Bishops Castle.

The 17th Clun Valley Challenge is on 18th May 2019. There is a 26 mile or 16mile walk with a 4300 ft ascent. Entry is £22.

Church Stretton Walking Festival is from the 20th June until June 23rd 2019. Lots if different walks including a Stars in Your Skies Walk, a Photography Walk and a Nordic Walking event. The Mynd Drover is the long walk.

Bishops Castle Challenge Walk is in Saturday 3rd August 2019. This is a 24 mile walk with a 4000 ft ascent. There are 13 mile and 11mile options available. £20 entry fee which includes refreshments and certificate.

The Tusker Colour Run at Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre in Craven Arms is on the 17th August 2019. Book via the Centres Website www.shropshirehillsdiscoverycentre.co.uk. There is a 3.5km route which you can jog, run or walk along which are paint stations from where the participants get covered  in paint. Entrances fees are from £15 per adult.

Cardio Carlos 5km Fun Run is on Bank Holiday Monday 26th August 2019.  The race starts at 9.30am from the Aston on Clun Village Hall where there is also parking and is organised by the Kangeroo Inn. Entry fee is £15 pre 15th August, £20 after. All proceeds will go to CRY (Cardio Risk in the Young). Visit their Facebook page (Cardio Carlos 5k).

Tour des Marches formally the Wistanstow Challenge is on 14th September 2019. It is 26miles long with a mass start at 8.30am. Fee from £10 which include a light breakfast from 7.15, hit food at the finish and Beer.

Much Wenlock Walking Weekend is on August 30th until September 2nd 2019. There are walks for different abilities. Keep checking their Web site.

I hope there is something to inspire you. I like the look of a couple of the Church Stretton walks, so I may see you out there.

The image used in this blog post is with kind permission of Bishop’s Castle Walking Festival.

Local Cycling events 2019

Here are some local cycling events with a quick summary of each. You will need to research further for more details.

Bishops Castle Tandem Triathlon Logo

Bishops Castle Tandem Triathlon Saturday July 6th 2019. A fun inclusive event, dressing up is encouraged, as is partaking of local hoteliers.

Arts Alive Charity Cycle Challenge starts at Clun on the 7th July 2019. The Tour D’Arts Alive has a variety of routes and you receive an edible medal at the finish. Arts Alive organise lots of local events including supporting Flicks in the Sticks.

Ludlow Cycling Festival is on the 22nd September 2019. It includes the South Shropshire Tors 30/60/100. There is a Family Ride of 11km and an Intermediate Led Group Ride of 30km. Lots more going on at Ludlow  Rugby Club. This event raises money for Macmillam Cancer Support.

Some more fun events for all our cycling friends.

Ramble, Scramble, or Amble 2019

Ramble, Scramble, Amble is on Saturday 11th May 2019  starting from Bishops Castle with all proceeds going to Bloodwise.

With the start in Bishops Castle the Ramble Scramble Amble takes the walkers through some beautiful South Shropshire countryside.

View From Bury Ditches Hill Fort

View From Bury Ditches Hill Fort

The Ramble is a 22.5 mile circular walk.

The Scramble is 13 miles and the Amble is 9.5 miles.

The Ramble, Scramble, Amble  entry fee is £19 until April 1st when it will be £20. It includes instructions, refreshments, lunch (hot and vegetarian), transport as needed and a certificate. Closing date is 6th May.

The Ramble and Scramble start in Bishops Castle, lunch is provided in Clun where the Amblers are transported to to start their walk, with everyone finishing back in Bishops Castle.

The Scramble and Amble follow a shortened route of the Ramble. Some of the paths used are not usually open to the public.

The Ramble Scramble Amble take in Bury Ditches, The Walcott Estate, part of the Shropshire Way and some stunning views of the Shropshire Hills.

The routes are well signed and there are helpful marshalls and the route instructions are clear.

Bloodwise supports people with leukaemia, which is the fifth most common cancer in the UK. It also helps providing ground breaking research into leukaemia.

The photograph used in this post shows the view from Bury Ditches Hill Fort, South Shropshire. This image is taken from Wikimedia Commons and is used under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.

Things to Do in Ludlow

This post is about Things to Do in Ludlow, and in this series of blogs I hope I am giving you ideas of things to do which are going to cost you pennies but also some that are free.

Ludlow

Ludlow Castle. Did you know it used to be the capital of Wales? There is lots for you to explore and learn and a lovely tearoom. There is also a gift shop which can be visited without having to enter the Castle. You will have to pay to look round the Castle.

Ludlow Museum is only a pound to visit it is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am until 4pm. There are a variety of platforms where you can learn about Ludlows social history and architecture. There are views from the Museum, which on the upper floor of the Buttermarket, down Broad Street, this alone makes that £1 worth it.

Ludlow Brewing Company is open daily from 10am until 5pm. There are tours at 3pm Monday to Friday and at 2pm on Saturday. Enjoy sample of six beers and a pint of another for £7.

Laurences Church Tower is visible at the top of the town. Churches are always worth a visit as they have so much social history to tell you. It is open from 10 a.m. daily and closes its doors at 5pm.

Mortimer Forest on the outskirts of Ludlow has signed walks from the car parks at High Vinnalls or Black Pool(out at Richards Castle). There is an Easy Access walk for pushchair and wheel chairs. Great place for picnics, playing and exploring.

Whitcliffe Common is a small remnant of a much larger Common. It is opposite the Castle. There are superb views of Ludlow and plenty more walking and exploring to be done.

There are lots of walking opportunities in Ludlow. Go to Castle Street car park and look over Ludlow Town Walls, there is a viewing platform, with a Toposcope telling all the hills you are looking at.

The Broad Gate, Broad Street, Ludlow

The Broad Gate in Ludlow

Walk down Broad Street and go through the gate a little way then turn back and look at the Gatehouse.

Walk round Ludlow Castle past Dinham House down the Hill to Dinham Bridge and the Millennium Green.

Dinham House is the home of Clearview Stoves but is well worth visiting to look inside the house. There is also some display panels telling you a bit about the house as well.

Explore all those back alleys and streets to get different perspectives of the town and find bits of old wall and views into courtyards and gardens.

Ludlow has lots of fabulous Markets throughout the year. There are the usual fruit and veg ones, Farmers Markets, craft markets, antique and flea and book markets.

Ludlow has lots of lovely shopping opportunities as well. The charity shops are always worth a visit. There are specialist food shops, there are still independent gift, artisan, and clothing shops.

There are lots of old pubs and cafes and restaurants to satisfy your thirst or hunger.

Enjoy exploring and finding Things to Do in Ludlow.

The image of Ludlow the top of this blog post which shows Ludlow Castle and St Laurence church is from Wikipedia and is used under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

The photograph of The Broad Gate taken by Pauline Eccles is from Wikipedia and is used under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

 

Ludlow Races Autumn 2018

A historic poster of Racing at Ludlow from 1962.

Ludlow has a National Hunt Race Course just to the north on the A49. There are beautiful views of Titterstone Clee and up to Wenlock Edge.

I have listed the dates here you may be lucky and find a date the coincides with your stay at Folly View.

Ludlow Races New Autumn Season 2018

Date.                                                              Time of first race

Wednesday 10th October 2018 .               2.10pm

Thursday 25th October 2018.                    2.10pm

Thursday 15th November 2018.                1.05pm

Monday 26th November 2018.                  1.10pm

Wednesday 5th November 2018.              12.30pm

Wednesday 19th November 2019.            12.40pm

The gates open two hours before the first race. There are six or seven races at each event.

Prices range from £22 to £10 and accompanied children under 18 years can attend free of charge.

Ludlow Race Course has other events throughout the year such as Model Railway days and Auctions.

Ludlow Race Course can be contacted on 01584 856221 or look what is happening and further details at ludlowracecourse.co.uk.

Bishop’s Castle Tandem Triathlon

Two men riding a tandem bicycle
On Saturday 30th June 2018 the Bishop’s Castle Tandem Triathlon will be taking place.

There is the usual swim, bike ride and run but there are two bike rides and you share the work with a team member.

This event is open to all abilities and those who are competitive and those who want a leisurely day out or a bit of fun. Teams can dress up in fancy dress and there are prizes for best fancy dress, most pubs visited (maybe my husband and his friends could enter?).

The Triathlon starts with one team member doing a 1km swim at Bishops Castle Leisure Centre pool, then both team members share a 30km bike ride. The second team member then has to complete a 10 km woodland run with both finishing the event on a 5 km Sprint, I assume for the nearest pub.

There is fierce competition for the top places but this event is about inclusivity and if you want to handle round the the pubs and cafes and take in South Shropshire beautiful countryside then you can.

There is an age restriction of over 16 years, and 18 years for the run.

Entrance fee of £60 or £30 each.

Contact details

tandemtri@by internet.com

or text or phone

07876570725 or 01588 680449

The image at the top of this blog post is a public domain image from the Bibliothèque nationale de France.

Ludlow Food Festival 2017

The Ludlow Food Festival is the UK’s first ever Food Festival and celebrates it’s 23rd year in 2017 starting on Friday 8th September and lasting through Sunday 10th September.

Ludlow Food Festival

Ludlow Food Festival

The festival features real food, ale, cider, perry, wine and more from the Marches. Many of the more than 180 local food and drink suppliers offer samples and tastings at the main festival venue Ludlow Castle.

The Festival objective is to celebrate the quality and diversity of the superb independent food and drink producers and suppliers across Shropshire, Ludlow and the Marches.

There are also many food-related events including:

  • the famous Ludlow Sausage trail
  • the Ale trail
  • the Gorilla trail

You can find more information about these trails at the Ludlow Food Festival Web site here.

The Festival also features a series of hands-on Masterclasses where you can try your hand at:

  • making your own sushi
  • preparing a Thai Green Curry
  • Pork Pie making

The image at the top of this blog post is copyright Ludlow Food Festival.

Bridgnorth Music and Arts Festival

The twelfth annual Bridgnorth Music and Arts Festival runs from Friday 18th August 2017 until bank holiday Monday 28th August across a range of venues in Bridgnorth.

Bridgnorth Music and Arts Festival 2017 Logo

The history of this event is interesting and shares in the evolution of the Shrewsbury Folk Festival. The Bridgnorth Folk Festival was held for many years on the Sunday of the August bank holiday weekend until it grew so large that in 2006 it moved to Shrewsbury.

The resulting void was filled with a music festival in Bridgnorth on the bank holiday Monday which grew and became an arts festival in 2010. The festival features a variety of music acts and events, art exhibitions and workshops.

The ongoing evolution of the festival sees a range of new events this year including film, comedy, fine arts, and photography.

The logo at the top of this blog post is copyright Bridgnorth Music and Arts Festival.

Ride the Shropshire Marches

A well-earned cycling break

A well-earned cycling break

Ride the Shropshire Marches Sportive is on Sunday 21st May.

There are two distances 65 miles starting at 9.30am and 35 miles starting at 10 am.

The start and finish are at Wistanstow Village Hall. The entrance fees are £25 for the longer distance and £20 for the shorter distance.

The funds raised from this event will go towards replacing the windows of Wistanstow Village Hall.

There is breakfast at the start, refreshments half way round at Church Stoke and tea and a bottle of beer at the finish.

The ride takes in stunning views of South Shropshire lets hope its a clear day to make the most of those climbs.

The event is sponsored by Wood’s Brewery.