Priors Halton Loop

With the recent good weather I have been trying to get out for a daily walk. Last Sunday we set off towards Priors Halton farm, about a mile or so outside of Ludlow. It is one of the few flattish walks around here, as Ludlow is surrounded by hills.

Most walks in and around Ludlow begin with crossing a bridge. This time Dinham, with a glance at ‘Ludlow Beach’, as locals name the area on the Teme where it is often safe to paddle. Repairs are being made to the weir (including a by-pass to allow salmon moving 50 miles upstream to spawn an easier way through the river ) has meant changes to the ‘beach’ too. And today there are many more youths than usual. It is a hot day, though they are a bit big to swim in the extremely shallow waters – amazing to think how high the water level was only a couple of months ago.

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DSCF6524Instead of heading left along the Bread Walk or ahead up the Donkey Steps onto Whitcliffe Common, today we are continuing along the road towards Priors Halton. The road ends at Priors Halton farm,  but you can continue on foot or bicycle to Lady Halton or Oakly Park and even Bromfield where you will find Ludlow Food Centre, a café and restaurant.

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Lots of wild flowers in the hedgerow hidden amongst the clouds of cow parsley and May trees are flowering.

Look back and you’ll be rewarded with a dramatic view of the castle in its commanding position, chosen by Norman builder, Roger de Lacy in 1085.

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It’s amazing that only half a mile away from the town you feel deep in the heart of English countryside. The only sound is that of birds…

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At the farm we decided to return to Ludlow via one of the public footpaths, thus shortening the walk to around 3 miles instead of a 5 mile loop.

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A public footpath which during this dry weather, is easy to walk on. This is not always the case as, unlike the lane, this route is unpaved and gets very churned up and muddy.

Another public footpath leads to Lady Halton alongside the farmer’s field, but we’ll continue along this track today, heading towards Mortimer Forest. It is slightly uphill but a gentle climb.

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The views are good now that we are out of the high hedgerows. Look back towards  Priors Halton and you can see the farmhouse and also the south Shropshire hills in the background.

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We reach Middle Wood Road and turn left back to Ludlow.

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It is lovely and shady along this road as we walk along the edge of the woodland. Ludlow can be seen in the distance, crouching beneath Titterstone Clee Hill, which is about seven miles distant.

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And we are accompanied by orange-tipped butterflies flitting along the hedge, but never stopping for a photograph. Bluebells can be spotted up in the woodland, cow parsley appears again

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and we did get a shot of this little fellow, who may be a Wood White butterfly and some lovely new ferns.

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Finally we reach Lower Road and Whitcliffe Common, where we found a bench to rest and enjoy the view of Ludow and the castle where a couple are enjoying their view from the bench next to the archway, which I mentioned on my Castle Walk.

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If you enjoy a walk, short or long, then you may enjoy visiting Jo’s Monday Walk where you are in for a treat.

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Heyjude

I now live in the UK, but spent several years travelling and then living in South Africa. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

58 thoughts on “Priors Halton Loop”

    1. This was a nice gentle walk, one I should do more often too, as it is really lovely out there in the countryside surrounded by wonderful vistas.Nice to have you along 🙂

  1. Great greens and lovely light on a sunny Shropshire day. Makes you glad to live in England. (Unlike today; drizzly, dark, damp, and muddy!)
    Regards as always, Pete. x

    1. Damp and grey here today too, though I did see the sun earlier. Saving my energy now for the Lakes next week, plus I have a ton of things to do before we go away. Cross fingers for a heatwave over the next fortnight 😀

    1. Those two were so delightful, posing for the camera. The lambs are nearly as big as their moms now! Glad you enjoyed the walk Sue 🙂

  2. I feel quite refreshed after that, Jude. 🙂 Nothing like an evening stroll to settle the digestion (except I usually eat too much to get up off my butt!) I love all the wild flowers in the hedgerows, and don’t you just love a road where the trees meet overhead like that? 🙂
    Many thanks for your company. Enjoy the Lakes!

  3. What stunning photos – how I’d love to live in the country!
    It’s my first visit to your blog, but I’m so glad I found it. I love the way you’ve put the name of some of the flowers on your photos – really interesting. Looking forward to seeing more of your posts! Emma 🙂

  4. What a glorious walk this was Jude, the countryside is spectacular and you would have thought this was one of those idyllic English summer days. We had that a couple of weekend ago but very gloomy since…hope we get more sunshine soon 😀
    Your photos really are beautiful and do your area justice, so much so that I really want to come to Shropshire and explore…I’ll let you know and you can put the kettle on (or get the wine glasses out, whichever 😉 ) xx

  5. Here I am in a city in South India and you so effortlessly whisked me away to an English countryside. Was always fascinated by the descriptions in all those English novels one had read…from Jane Austen to Agatha Christie. Now they come alive in these photographs. Cyberspace is just so wonderful. It’s like hopping on to a magic carpet .Thanks for sharing all of this. My first visit to your blog and I so loved it. 🙂

    1. Thank you for your lovely comment. It is so nice to know how much people appreciate seeing my photos – and you are quite right, we are so lucky to be able to hop around the world like this. I hope you’ll be by again some day 🙂

  6. belated catch up but how refreshing a walk in a favourite part of the country (used to live in a Worcs town birthplace of Housman and ‘when I came last to Ludlow’ it was a while ago ) You’ve described this so well I could follow on a printout! But your images make it even better (oh no -another year til we see cow parsely lanes again)

    1. It was lovely and green last year after the very wet winter. I shall have to do this walk again in a few weeks time and see what it looks like.

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