Hullo!!! Yes, we are back from our jaunt to Craven Arms in Shropshire! We had a lovely time, thank you for asking. I took hundreds of photos and can't possibly show you all of them, but I'll try to give you a general overview of the holiday.
The above photo is of Charlecote Park, our stop off for lunch on our way up to the holiday house, and very nice it was too.
The house itself was nice, with interesting features, but I was more interested in the grounds (as per usual) as it had a river, walled gardens, huge stretches of field, a deer park....it was lovely just wandering around.
It was hilarious watching these little cygnets being marched across one of the fields on their way to the river. You can just imagine them counting their steps- one, two three four, one two three four, stumble, whoops, two three four.....
After a restful night in our holiday house- which was much bigger than we were expecting and beautifully furnished (I even got my own bedroom which makes a change from sharing with the sister!!), we decided to explore the nearby town of Ludlow for our first day in Shropshire. We hadn't gone with any real expectations but ended up spending most of the day there as it had a fantastic castle to explore, as well as an ever changing outdoor market, scenic river and woodland walks.
It was a dull misty morning when we arrived at the castle, which added to the magical feeling of the place. It did clear up slightly around lunchtime though and we saw some sun breaking through the clouds.
The view from the top of the castle was amazing, you could see for miles!! Do click on the panoramic photo and get a closer look at all the little details.
After taking in our fill of castle ruins, we had a wander around the town. Lots and lots of historic buildings in Ludlow- in fact there were lots of quirky, old houses all around Shropshire, most of which looked like they were about to fall over! I really loved this old pub.
The woodland walk was just as breathtaking with lots of view points of the castle rising up above the town.
This was definitely a day of breathtaking views, as we began the day at the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre, wandering around looking for rocks on a geocaching trail. Then we ambled up to Carding Mill Valley for a picnic lunch, surrounded by hills on all sides with a sweet stream trickling by. After lunch we drove up over the top of these hills (quite scary at times) to check out the magnificent views.