Day One (15th October 2013) - Part One
It started off sunny and at Shrewsbury we left the usual route we take South and headed towards Much Wenlock. On route we passed the village of Cross Houses with its unusual bus shelters.
By then it was cloudy and the view over to the Wrekin quite threatening.
Rising to a height of 407 metres (1,335 ft) above the Shropshire Plain, The Wrekin is a prominent and well-known landmark, but despite common misconceptions it has never been a volcano. It is simply formed of igneous rocks left there as the mudstones and sandstones around it have been eroded. There is an Iron Age hill fort on the summit almost 8 ha (20 acres) in size, to which the name Uriconio originally referred. It is thought the fort was built by the Cornovii tribe and was once their capital.
I decide to add to my collection of inn sign photos during our trip, irrespective of the speed of the car and the rain on the windscreen.
Don’t you just love St George and the Dragon?
The talbot was a white hunting dog which is now extinct because of its lack of purpose and need for constant care, but it has been credited with being an ancestor of the modern beagle and bloodhound. The term talbot is used in heraldry to refer to a good-mannered hunting dog.
Our first stop of the day was in Much Wenlock, a small town in central Shropshire.
It's a long time since I sat at one of these...
The front of this building dates to 1682 but the back is much older.
The Wenlock Olympian Games set up by Dr William Penny Brookes in 1850 are centred in the town.
Dr Brookes is credited as a founding father of the Modern Olympic Games, and the Olympic mascot for London 2012 was named Wenlock after the town.
Back at the car in the Priory car park we had a picnic lunch having not set out until 11.15 in the morning because of Partner-who-loves-tea’s work commitments.
Our next major stop was at Tewkesbury – hopefully to be blogged soon.