Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Great Days Out on the A49 – Stokesay Castle, Ludlow Food Centre, Church Stretton, Long Mynd

Stokesay Castle ©AP

Loving Stokesay Castle, near Craven Arms on the A49, in Shropshire, one of my favourite counties. Stokesay is a wonderfully preserved fortified manor near the Welsh border with a delightful timber-framed gatehouse .... beautiful. Adults £6.20,open 10-5pm daily until 3 November 2013, then weekends,10-4pm except Christmas and New Year.
Stokesay Castle Gatehouse ©AP

Stokesay Castle is near the luscious Ludlow Food Centre which now has a separate cafe and plant centre. Find it on the A49 between Hereford and Shrewsbury in the village of Bromfield.

But that's not all..The lovely town of Church Stretton is 8.2 miles from Craven Arms on the A49, a gateway to the Long Mynd meaning "Long Mountain" or Mynydd Hir in Welsh. The Long Mynd is a heathland plateau between the Stiperstones range, the Stretton Hills and Wenlock Edge and has steep valleys and escarpments. Drove up the very narrow road (single track with passing places, probably not for the faint-hearted), for the reward of heather in bloom and wonderful views.

The Long Mynd above Church Stretton. ©AP

The Long Mynd. ©AP

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