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.

Bishops Castle Festivals 2019

Here are some interesting festivals and events happening in Bishops Castle through the coming year. They love to organise a procession.

The Bishop's Castle Walking Festival Logo

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

Bishops Castle Summer Rejoicing is on 23rd June 2019. Starts with a service at St John’s Parish Church followed by a Rush Cart Parade with Morris Teams and Dancing, ending up at the Three Tuns Yard.

Bishops Castle Carnival is in 7th July 2019 from noon. There will be a parade of steam engines, vintage cars and floats around town, followed by fun, games and music on Bishops Castle Playing Fields.

Bishops Castle Party in the Park on Saturday 20th July 2019 starting at noon until late. One day music event, show casing local talent in a relaxed atmosphere with food beer and other entertainment.

Michaelmas Fair is on 21st September 2019 from noon. There is a procession of of steam engines and vintage vehicles and lantern parade in the evening. There will street performances, stalls, work shops and live music.

Bishops Castle Christmas Cracker is on Saturday 7th December 2019. There will be late night shopping, more processions, music, a Santa’s Grotto and fireworks.

I have to say Bishops Castle is Buzzing.

You can find more information at the Bishops Castle Events site.

The image used within this blog post is copyright Bishops Castle Walking Festival and used with their kind permission.

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.

Bishops Castle Tandem Triathlon 2019

The 32nd Bishops Castle Tandem Triathlon is on Saturday 6th July 2019.

Bishops Castle Tandem Triathlon Logo

The Bishops Castle Tandem Triathlon route goes through some beautiful Shropshire countryside. One of the committee members came and took part, decided he loved it and now lives here.

Although it is advertised as  non competitive there is apparently fierce competition for top places in all categories. I wonder if they have a “Who Can Dawdle Slowest” category?

The Bishops Castle Tandem Triathlon is an inclusive event with disabled participants actively encouraged. Fancy dress is optional but all adds to making this a fun event.

Prizes are available for best fancy dress, fastest local team, most visited pub fast, mixed, all female and male team and many more.

In the Bishops Castle Tandem Triathlon there are two bike rides, a swim and a run. There is a 1km swim in leisure centre pool. A 30km Tandem bike ride. A 10km woodland run followed by a 5km Tandem Sprint to the finish.

This year the Bishops Castle Tandem Triathlon does not have a junior race.

Bishops Castle Tandem Triathlon has a £60 entry fee per team. This event is entirely run by volunteers.

The logo at the top of this blog lost is copyright of the Bishop’s Castle Tandem Triathlon organisation and is used with their kind permission.

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.

Bishop’s Castle Michaelmas Fair 2018

Bishop’s Castle Michaelmas Fair 2018 is on Saturday 22nd September 2018.

Bishops Castle Michaelmas Fair

Bishop’s Castle Michaelmas Fair

All the fun starts at midday on Bishop’s Castle High Street and goes on well into the evening.

Tickets are available for the Michaelmas Fair online priced at £5.50 or £6 cash on the High Street.

There is lots to see and do at the Michaelmas Fair and most of the entertainment is provided by local acts.

You will find musical entertainment throughout the day from Marasmius, Men From Off and Fight the Bear amongst others.

Appalachian dancing from Raise the Dust.

There is Circus Rajasthan and Chinese Dragon and Lion Dancers Hung Gar Kung Fu.

There are craft and food stalls, workshops, demonstrations and much, much more to keep you occupied.

There are several processions  at the Michaelmas Fair throughout the day and evening, beginning at 12.30pm with vintage vehicles and steam engines. These parades included a Lantern and Dragon processions at the end of the day.

Fuzz Townshend from Car SOS will be doing commentary again on the Michaelmas Fair processions.

Fuzz Townshend at Bishop’s Castle Michaelmas Fair

Fuzz Townshend at Bishop’s Castle Michaelmas Fair

 

The images in this blog post are used with the kind permission of John Lucas Bishop’s Castle Michaelmas Fair.

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.

Michaelmas Fair

Bishops Castle Michaelmas Fair is on the 23rd September from midday until late.

Bishops Castle Michaelmas Fair

Bishop’s Castle Michaelmas Fair

There are three processions to enjoy. The Steam Engine and Vintage Vehicle processions are at 12.30pm and 5pm. Fuzz Townshend will be doing the commentary for the procession and I am sure there will be a chance to meet this cool guy from Car SOS. There is a Lantern Procession is at 7.45pm.

There is a Street Fair and Market.

Live music, theatre and dance.

Exhibitions to enjoy.

There are Save the Bee events.

There will be dragons around. You can save them as well if you like!

There is something for everyone and for £5 it seems good value to me.

Hung Gar Chinese Dragon Dancers

Hung Gar Chinese Dragon Dancers

The images in this blog post are used with the kind permission of John Lucas Bishop’s Castle Michaelmas Fair.

Kerry Ridgeway Walk and Cycle Route

The Kerry Ridgeway Walk and Cycle Route is a 15 mile walk from the Cider House south of Kerry, Newtown, Powys to Bishop’s Castle. It is great for walking or cycling and is considered one of the most dramatic Drovers Routes in the country with views that on a clear day can see up to seventy miles. The Ridgeway does not drop below a 1000 feet and takes you through heather moors, woodlands and bilberry rich heaths with stunning views of the Welsh mountains and Shropshire Hills.

Drover’s roads were used to get livestock to markets and they date back to Neolithic stone axe traders. The earliest routes are found on natural ridges which had clear views and connect one area of lowland with another. The Kerry Ridgeway is one of those that has been in use since 4000 B.C. It is older than the Iron Age and Bronze Age Earthworks along its length.

The Six Bells Pub lies at the end of Kerry Lane in Bishop’s Castle, a place to enjoy a well earned pint. Originally a farm house built in 1670 it became a hostelry in the 1750 offering the increasing numbers of drovers arriving in Bishop’s Castle paddocks for their livestock and accommodation over night.

There is parking just north of Cider House Farm and plenty of parking if you are starting from Bishop’s Castle.

You can find a link to a PDF with a more detailed description of the route here.

The route of the Kerry Ridgeway is illustrated in the map shown below.

Map of the Kerry Ridgeway

Map of the Kerry Ridgeway