Shropshire Hills – Shropshire’s Beauty

Back in September here at Folly View Let we blogged about Sheer Folly from Wood’s Brewery that we have included in our Welcome Pack for guests.

Now that Sheer Folly is no longer available we are including another beer from our closest local brewery, Wood’s Brewery at Wistanstow, a beer called Shropshire Hills Beauty.

Wood's Brewery Shropshire Hills Beauty

Wood’s Brewery Shropshire Hills Beauty

On the back label Wood’s provide some useful tasting notes for this 4.2% abv beer:

Shropshire Hills Beauty pours with a pleasing, mild amber colour and a well-rounded, malty flavour. This wonderful mouthful is backed by a pleasantly bitter aftertaste, achieved through a fusion of fruity hops.

There is also some helpful information explaining the rationale behind the beer:

The Wood Brewery sits on the edge of the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and we first brewed Beauty in 2012 to mark 30 years of the AONB.

We’re really lucky to live and work in this part of Britain with Folly View Let situated just a few miles from the southern edge of the special place that is the  Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

You can use Folly View Let as a base to explore the region and the wealth of natural attractions that it offers including:

The Long Mynd

The Stiperstones

Titterstone Clee Hill

all of which lie within the Shropshire Hills AONB.

Our Act of Sheer Folly

Here at Folly View Let we like to provide you with a Welcome Pack containing some local food and produce including some locally brewed beer.

Wood's Sheer Folly

Wood’s Sheer Folly

Earlier this year we included a very special beer produced by our nearest brewery – Wood’s Brewery – at Wistanstow, called Sheer Folly.

Our holiday let is called Folly View Let because of the view of Flounders’ Folly which is located 4 km away as the crow flies.

Wood’s Brewery in common with many other breweries produce special beers and one-off brews like Sheer Folly from time to time, and often in support of a good cause.

Another beer from them that we have included in our Welcome Pack is called Beautiful Shropshire Hills – reflecting the fact that we are surrounded by the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Some proceeds from the sales of Sheer Folly were donated by Wood’s Brewery to the Flounders’ Folly Trust.

The photograph below shows Wood’s Brewery Managing Director Mr Edward Wood presenting a cheque for £500 to Flounders’ Folly Trustee Mr Richard Cundall.

Edward Wood and Richard Cundall

Edward Wood and Richard Cundall

Mr Cundall said:

“It was very thoughtful of the brewery to choose us as for a donation 10 years after we completed the folly restoration. Wood’s are a tremendous local business and Sheer Folly itself was an excellent beer. Visitor donations remain vitally important to help us keep the folly in good condition, but this is a tremendous boost to the fund.”

Photograph and quote shown above are copyright ©Flounders’ Folly Trust and reproduced by kind permission of the Trustees – The Flounders’ Folly Trust.

Maps At Folly View Let

Here at Folly View we want you to get the best from your stay at our self-catering holiday let. The area around Folly View Let is ideal for walking and includes the beautiful hills and dales of the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

To help you get the most from walking and other activities in the area we have provided some Ordnance Survey (OS) maps that you can borrow during your stay with us as well as a range of leaflets describing walks and other activities.

You can follow the links below to more details on these maps:

Landranger 126 – Shrewsbury and Oswestry

Landranger 137 – Church Stretton and Ludlow

Explorer 217 – The Long Mynd and Wenlock Edge

The OS Landranger maps have a scale of 1:50,000 and whilst they are “general purpose” maps they do show all footpaths. They are also available in a plastic-laminated waterproof “Active” range.

The OS Explorer maps have a scale of 1:25,000 and are specifically designed for walkers and cyclists and they feature all types of footpaths and most details of the countryside for easy navigation. The OS Explorer maps are also available in a plastic-laminated waterproof “Active” range.

If you want to purchase your own OS Maps then you can buy them from the online Ordnance Survey shop. Nowadays OS Maps also feature mobile downloads and you can find more information about this on the OS site here. Or if you wanted to “shop local” the gift shop at the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre also sells these maps.

You can also find more information about the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in this Wikipedia article. The Shropshire Hills AONB Web site also offers more information about walking in this area.

You can also explore our various blog posts about walking in the local area.