Walking 10 miles along The Shropshire Way from Cravens Arms to Ludlow will take you along some of Shropshire’s little known and quietest hidden lanes and carriage ways.
Craven Arms, Ludlow
Craven Arms and Ludlow
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Leave the bustling town of Craven Arms with its fascinating Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre and you are soon travelling back in time. Stokesay Castle is probably the best fortified manor house in the country; but do not linger too long, there are many more treasures to see. The quiet and secluded paths of Aldon Gutter. Bromfield with its wonderful church and amazing painted ceiling. Then on through Oakly Park to the River Teme and the best views of Ludlow Castle. And finally the bustling black and white market town of Ludlow that begs to be explored.
A track that time forgot. This gem with its deserted cottages and once proud carriageway is an ever changing assault on the senses. A spring white carpet of snowdrops that turns to a bluebell azure. The heady scent of wild garlic and the scream of buzzards. A place not to be missed.
A tiny hamlet but one that has to be explored. The Church has been Priory and private house in its time and do read the inscription on the Lynch Gate – Bishop of New Zealand and Lichfield? A long way to travel! If you feel thirsty or hungry you only have to cross the road and visit the Ludlow food centre and café.
As Betjeman said “The most perfect town in England” planned 900 years ago by the Normans and steeped in history at every turn. A true market town with so many delights to tempt the tired walker to linger and stay a while.
The rural idyll was briefly threatened by railway mania. Craven Arms was to become another Crewe. At Park House bridge you pass under the quaintest of the surviving lines. With its request stops, one carriage trains decorated with quotations from Dylan Thomas, the Heart of Wales line is more Thomas the Tank engine than Railtrak.