Things to Do in Clun

Clun used to be a thriving commercial centre but is now a town of tranquillity. This does not mean nothing happens there. It has the Clun Green Man Festival and the Clun Valley Beer Festival. The Scamble, Ramble Amble stops in Clun for lunch and the Arts Alive Sportive starts from there.

Things to Do in Clun included walks along the River Clun. Going up the bank to the Church and turning left just before the Church will take you to Waterloo Ford.

Waterloo Ford in Clun

Waterloo Ford in Clun

Clun is divided in two by the River Clun. The older part is to the South of the river around the Church and up the bank. The more modern Norman part is to the north of the river around the Castle.

The Norman Castle ruin is built on the site of a motte and Bailey.

Clun Castle can be reached from the car park by the river as well as through the town. With lovely views down the Clun Valley towards Newcastle on Clun.

Clun Information Board

Clun Information Board

The Mill known as The Malevolent Mill is not open to the public but is somewhere interesting to stay. It is occasionally open on Heritage Days. It still has all its milling equipment.

St George’s Church at the top of Church Street is a Norman Church. There are some lovely views from here over the newer part of the town of Clun. Look for John Osbornes grave stone in the graveyard.

Clun Museum is in the old Town Hall. It holds local artefacts including details of a proposed railway from Craven Arms to Newcastle on Clun. Entrance fee is 50pence, this has got to be good value. Open Tuesday from 2pm and Saturdays from 11a.m., closed for lunch.

Packhorse Bridge dates from 1450. It is largely unchanged. This is the site of the annual battle between the Clun Green Man and the May Frost Queen.

Clun Packhorse Bridge

Clun Packhorse Bridge

Trinity Hospital and Almshouses provide accommodation for older members of the community. Built in 1614 round two quadrangles the grounds and gardens are open to the public.

Local beers can be sampled at the White Horse and the Sun Inn. The Sun Inn was built in the 15th Century of cruck construction and is grade two listed.

Clun is well worth an explore. Look at the information board in the river side car park for other things to do in Clun.

Snowdrops at Stanton Lacy

Back in February I wrote about Snowdrops and listed three locations in Shropshire where you could see some spectacular displays of Snowdrops.

The churchyard of St Peter’s church in Stanton Lacy features a carpet of Snowdrops that is well worth a visit.

Snowdrop Carpet at Stanton Lacy Churchyard

Snowdrop Carpet at Stanton Lacy Churchyard

Much of the vegetation in the churchyard is cut only twice a year in order to protect wildlife and plant species. This has allowed the spread of the snowdrops to become the carpet that now covers the churchyard. Later in the year the nettles that grow unchecked are important to caterpillars and therefore butterflies. The rough undergrowth also provides habitat and safe cover for hedgehogs.

Stanton Lacy is a small and pretty village located just 8 miles from Folly View let. The village has early Anglo-Saxon origins which can be traced back to before the Norman Conquest of 1066 and the subsequent granting of the manor to Roger de Lacy. The manor features in the Domesday Book of 1086.

The Church of St Peter Stanton Lacy is Saxon and dates to about 1050 although it is believed that there was probably a church in this site for 300 years before the 11th century.

The Spring sunlight offers the opportunity to capture some lovely light and shade on the Snowdrops.

Snowdrop Carpet - Light and Shade

Snowdrop Carpet – Light and Shade