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.

The Shropshire Way 80k

On Saturday 17th March the first Shropshire Way 80k walk will be starting from the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre in Craven Arms.

The circular walk will take you through some of the most stunning countryside in South Shropshire.

I love the views from Hopesay Hill towards the Burrow and the views from Bury Ditches.

The aim is to complete the 80k walk in 24hours. This brand new long distance walk will take you along the Shropshire Way main route and some of it’s shorter walks.

The check points will provide the opportunity to sample local produce and when you finish back at the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre there will be a breakfast provided for participants.

The Walk will be raising funds for Grow Cook Learn who run the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre and Onny Meadows.

There is a £40 entrance fee and there are still places available. Contact the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre on 01588 676060 to book your place.

It would be great to see this Walking Festival become an annual event supported by the whole

Mitchell’s Fold Stone Circle

Mitchell’s Fold is a Bronze Age stone circle that sits on high moorland 330m (1083 ft) above sea level at the south-west end of Stapely Hill.

It is thought that there were originally 30 stone pillars although now only 15 remain and these range in size from 0.25 m to 1.91 m. Although it is called a stone circle, the stones are in fact arranged in an ellipse 27 m NW-SE by 25 m.

The true history of Mitchell’s Fold – sometimes also called Medgel’s Fold or Madges Pinfold – is unknown, although the name of the circle may derive from ‘micel’ or ‘mycel’, Old English for ‘big’, referring to the size of this large circle.

Whether by design or coincidence the tallest of the remaining stones lies at the south-east end of the major axis close to the line of the southern moonrise.

The site is a Scheduled Ancient Monument (number 107448) in the guardianship of English Heritage.

There is an interesting legend concerning Mitchell’s Fold described in this BBC Archive article – although the truth is that the stones were placed on Stapely Hill by Bronze Age man about 4,000 years ago.

You can drive the 16 miles to Mitchell’s Fold in about 30 minutes and both entry and on-site parking are free. It is well worth the visit to experience the scale of these stone circles and enjoy the panoramic views.

Mitchell's Fold Picture

Mitchell’s Fold Picture

Here at Folly View we want you to enjoy all that Shropshire can offer and so we’ve chosen to decorate the walls of Folly View with maps and pictures that highlight local attractions – including the dramatic photograph of Mitchell’s Fold shown above.

Blue Remembered Hills

Blue Remembered Hills

Blue Remembered Hills

 

“Blue Remembered Hills” is one of the most famous lines from Alfred Edward Housman (26 March 1859 – 30 April 1936), usually known as A. E. Housman, an English classical scholar and poet, best known to the general public for his cycle of poems A Shropshire Lad.

The relevant lines are:

Into my heart an air that kills
From yon far country blows:
What are those blue remembered hills,
What spires, what farms are those?

Housman first published A Shropshire Lad, a collection of sixty-three poems, at his own expense after several publishers had turned it down.