Special delivery…….

We’ve had a terrible shortage of fog in the Shropshire Hills recently, so, enterprising farmers have taken to importing it and using farm machinery to distribute it. 


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Shropshire in a photo?

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There are many famous landmarks in Shropshire. We have some very prominent and well known hills, such as Wrekin and the Clees. The Wrekin is a welcome sight to many returning to the County from the Midlands, as it stands guard over Telford and the M54.

The lesser known peaks and valleys are the ones that give me most pleasure. About a mile from my house is a road called Drury Lane (not the famous Savvern version). It’s just about wide enough for a tractor, and you’ll probably meet one if you venture up there. Drury Lane was once the drovers route that led to Welshpool. You can follow its course all the way up to Stapeley and Corndon, and then beyond into Wales.

To the side of Drury Lane, and visible for miles around here, is a coppice of trees known as the Bromlow Callow. The Callow, as it’s locally known, was made famous by Mary Webb in her 1917 novel Gone to Earth.

The Callow is a magical and mysterious spot that has been visible on the local skyline for several Centuries. In the photo above, it is the ring of trees in the left, standing guard over the hamlet of Bentlawnt. This photograph captures some of the essence of Shropshire. Hedgerows, fields, woodlands, cottages, smoking chimneys, winding country lanes and mismatched cottages.

The photo below is a closer view of our famous Callow taken in late Autumn.

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Shropshire: Lanes & Hedgerows

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The sunken lane that leads up to one of the fields is framed perfectly by ancient overhanging hedges. A stream trickles down the centre, and foxgloves grow in the verges. With happy ponies there to greet us, Shropshire was definitely looking good tonight.