Now this really *is*.....
An outbreak of hedge devouring swarm catterpillars.
I don't remember ever seeing a church built like this before.
The plain, and about as good as it got from any of the Malverns.....
The glossy leaves almost seem to help the bluebells here.
Looking back. The ridge walk is rather more broken up than you might expect. Too much human stuff in the way from time to time.
The beacon in unfriendly mood. Properly fearsome, old, old rock in the Malverns. Dolerite and things.
Malvern was quite happy though.
This thing is quite new. A fine bit of sculpture.
A very fine collection of creepers for this old pile! Heading out into the 'other' Malverns by this point. Rather lower and less pointy. Probably Sandstone again I'd guess.
Think I was trying to photo the startled little birdy visible as moving about.
A decent summary of the day this - lots of nice woodland, the weather not so inviting much of the time.
The notional target for the next day - Brown clee hill iirc. As it happens the weather turned distinctly unimpressive so I skirted round the Clee hills.
Caer Cadaroc - a very fine hill of which more shortly. Its seen very well on the road up the long mynd above Carding mill valley.
Lots of versions of this view on the way up the Long mynd, this is a nice one. Caer Cadaroc furthest to the left, the Wrekin in the middle of the photo. I'd have to look up the middle hill of the three. Very obviously aligned though.
No bluebells, so the cute factor is almost bearable ;)
Up to this point the walk is very well aligned and climbing gently. So you can see days ahead/behind. This is the afternoons work of the Stiperstones ahead.
This is the Clee hills from the previous day.
A barely visible main Malvern ridge on the LHS horizon here. I can see it on my high spec monitor, but....
An amusingly odd place name :)
A complete shock - it was just the rain switching to sunshine and creating instant mist though. Not a common thing to see!
Rolling Shropshire bits from the N end of the Long mynd.
Lovely spindly trees.
A complete surprise - the non descript hillock between the long mynd and the stiperstones had a high quality, old beech avenue up it. Some landowner....
The next days work - Corndon hill. Steep! Actually skirted round it in the end....