On a wet and windy day 46 members of the C & N Ramblers set off on Sunday October 13th to Church Stretton in Shropshire.
Church Stretton lies entirely in the Shropshire Hills Area Of Natural Beauty and was nicknamed Little Switzerland in the late-Victorian and Edwardian period due to its landscape and development as a health resort.
Starting the walk at Little Stretton which lies south of Church Stretton the walkers climbed steadily to the summit of Ragleth Hill. Unfortunately due to the weather the views were not as good as usual but still quite impressive. The walk then followed the Jack Myton Way joining the Marches Way at Chelmick and continued into Hope Bowdler.
Leaving Hope Bowdler the walkers climbed Hope Bowdler Hill heading for the Battle Stones on Willstone Hill where a wild and windy climb awaited them. After the Battle Stones the walkers started the long descent to Willstone then turning West passed by Caer Caradoc Hill and Three Fingers Rock eventually arriving at Church Stretton.
A debrief was held at the the well known Kings Arms Pub where the C & N Ramblers dried out before setting off for home.
On Sunday October 27th the C & N Ramblers headed for Rainow near Macclesfield (look out for details)
Rambles are held fortnightly on Sundays throughout the year and there are also evening rambles on alternate Thursdays during the summer months. New members of all ages are very welcome.
For further information please contact Marie Leeke (Membership Secretary) on 01270 842661 or visit www.creweandnantwichramblingclub.org.uk
By Bryan Clydesdale