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.

Clun Green Man Festival 2019

The Clun Green Man Festival 2019 is on Sunday May 5th and Monday May 6th 2019.

Poster of Clun Green Man Festival 2019

The Clun Green Man Festival takes place in Clun in the beautiful Clun Valley.

The Green Man and the Frosty the Snow Queen  will do battle on the Clun Bridge over the coming of Spring. Who will win this year?

If the Frost Queen wins there will be no Summer in the Clun Valley. The battle will take place on Monday 6th 2019.

The Clun Green Man Festival has lots to keep the family entertained over the two days of merriment.

On Sunday events take place in the  Square in Clun from noon. There will be Morris Dancing, the Clun Mummers, Simon”Animal Man” Airey and lots more.

There are traditional arts and crafts, with demonstrations and workshops. There will be Maypole workshops, archery demonstrations, Horse and Pony rides and Circus skills to learn.

The May Frost Queen Procession is on Monday as she makes her way to Clun Bridge where the Battle will commence with the Clun Green Man. Will we see Summer again this year?

On Monday The Clun Green Man Festival has events in town and on the Clun Castle Field.

The Craft Fair on Clun Castle Field opens from 12.30 pm on Monday straight after the Battle on the Bridge.

Music over the weekend comes from The Endings, Whalebone, The Church Stretton Accordianists and many others .

MC for the weekend will be Jack the Jester, leading entertainment at the Clun Green Man Festival.

Prices on day are £8 for adults and £2 for children. In advance adults are £5  £1 for children book on line www.clungreenman.org.uk

The image at the top of this post is copyright Clun Green Man Festival.

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.

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.

Clun Valley Beer Festival 2017

The Clun Valley Beer Festival 2017 takes place on Friday 6th October and Saturday 7th October 2017 when all the pubs in the Clun Valley join in. Transport is provided between the pubs.

Clun Valley Beer Festival 2017

The Clun Valley pubs that are participating include:

Some pubs lay on food and entertainment for the festival. This year the Kangaroo Inn features live music from the Riverman Blues Band.

There is a Web address for the beer festival:

http://www.cvbf.co.uk/

but please note that this redirects to a Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/clunvalleybf

Map of the Clun Valley

Map of the Clun Valley

 

Map image of the Clun Valley taken from OpenStreetMap www.openstreetmap.org.

Clun Green Man Festival

Clun Green Man and May Queen

Clun Green Man and May Queen


The Clun Green Man Festival is on the 30th April and the 1st May 2017.

There is something for everyone, Morris Dancing, Mummer Plays, live music, craft fairs, duck races and lots more.

The Festival first took place in the thirteenth century and has been running in it present form since 2001. It is a community event run by the Clun community.

Sundays capers are free with a programme of events through out the day, and a Fair in the Square.

On Monday there is a £5 charge. The main events is at midday on the 500 year old Clun Bridge with the Green Man Battling the Ice Queen.

Go along a cheer on the Green Man. If the Ice Queen wins it is said Winter will stay on in the Clun Valley that Summer.

There is a Craft Fair on Castle Meadow with plenty of things to have a go at, food stalls and lots to spend your pennies on.

An enjoyable weekend for everyone.

The image of the Clun Green Man is taken from the Clun Green Man Festival Web site and is used with the kind permission of Jack Limond.

Clun Castle Information

Within a previous blog post I described Clun Castle as one of the many castles built by the Normans along the Welsh Marches.

Even though Clun Castle is a Grade 1 listed building, the castle and grounds are free to enter under the management of English Heritage who have provided several information boards located at various points around and within the castle ruins.

These boards offer more detailed information as shown in the example below.

Clun Castle Information - A Border Fortress

Clun Castle Information – A Border Fortress

 

This board shows an artists impression of Clun Castle as it was thought to look in 1300.

The excerpt below from the information board offers a concise outline of the role of these castles:

After the Norman Conquest in 1066, the border between Wales and England remained an unsettled area. William the Conqueror granted lands here to his followers to defend the border. These men became powerful marcher lords, ruling their lands independently of royal control.

The image below is an aerial view of Clun Castle ruins and the surrounding area.

Aerial View of Clun Castle © Historic England Archive

Aerial View of Clun Castle © Historic England Archive

 

The image Aerial View of Clun Castle shown above is used with the kind permission of Historic England Archive whose copyright in the image is fully acknowledged. The image may not be used or reproduced without the permission of Historic England Archive who are the public body that looks after England’s historic environment. Historic England champion and protect historic places, helping people understand, value and care for them.

Clun Castle

Clun Castle is a ruined castle situated on the north bank of the River Clun and the western edge of the small town of Clun in South Shropshire close to the Welsh border. Clun is located 9 miles west of Craven Arms and 7 miles north of Knighton in the area known as both the Marches of Shropshire and the Welsh Marches.

Clun Castle

Clun Castle

Following the Norman invasion in 1066, William the Conqueror granted lands on the Welsh border to some favoured subjects who became Marcher Lords granted the rights to build castles and rule their feudal estates as if they were kings – provided they remained loyal to the English monarch.

Although ruined the remains of the rectangular keep and the two baileys do make the castle well worth visiting.

Clun Castle Keep

Clun Castle Keep

Many castles were constructed along the Welsh Marches including Clun Castle established by the Norman Lord Robert de Say.

Nowadays Clun Castle is a Grade 1 listed building and a Scheduled Monument owned by the Duke of Norfolk (who also holds the title of Baron of Clun) and is managed by English Heritage.

The castle ruins and grounds are open to the public and are free to enter.

Here are some links to more in depth information about Clun Castle:

a Wikipedia article about Clun Castle

the English Heritage Web page about Clun Castle

the Castles of Wales Web page for Clun Castle featuring lots of images

Clun Castle is well worth the visit and Clun itself also has a museum and places to eat and drink.

The Clun Valley Beer Festival

Map of the Clun Valley

Map of the Clun Valley

The famous Shropshire poet A. E Houseman said of the Clun Valley in his collection of poems “A Shropshire Lad”:

“Clunton and Clunbury, Clungunford and Clun are the quietest places under the sun”

but perhaps not always when the Clun Valley Beer Festival occurs.

The Clun Valley Beer Festival 2016 takes place on Friday 30th September and Saturday 1st October when all the pubs in the Clun Valley join in.

Transport is provided between the pubs.

The Clun Valley pubs that are participating include:

The Kangaroo Inn, Aston on Clun

The Crown Inn, Clunton

The Hundred House Inn, Purslow

The Sun Inn, Clun

White Horse Inn, Clun

The Crown Inn, Newcastle

Some pubs lay on food and entertainment for the festival.

There is a Web address for the beer festival:

http://www.cvbf.co.uk/

but please note that this redirects to a Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/clunvalleybf

where you can find details about the 2016 festival bus timetable and lists of the beers for this year.

Map image of the Clun Valley taken from OpenStreetMap www.openstreetmap.org.