Our first view of Caer Caradoc.
Stony outcrops on the final approach to caer Caradoc hill fort.
Walking on top of the Eastern ramparts of the hill fort on Caer Caradoc.
The path from Caer Caradoc leading to the Lawley.
Caer Caradoc from The Wilderness.
Panorama of the walk from higher path on The Wilderness.
Walk stats: Distance: 10.5 miles. Climb: 1831'.
Time: 6 hours 10 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.1 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.7 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Celia and Catherine Murphy.
We set off with it being somewhat overcast and distant view somewhat hazy, but nevertheless still warm and rather humid.
This time we actually completed the walk in an anti-clockwise direction. As this was the first time walking in this direction, it almost seemed like doing a completely different walk.
Once we reached the ramparts of the hill fort on Caer Caradoc the views opened up, making the slog up worth while.
Lunch was taken on the Northern side of The Lawley, and as we had lunch the Sun came out and we were entertained by several Ravens and a pair of Peregrine falcons.
Finding the path from The Lawley through the woods to the top of Hoar Edge isn't easy to find, and we eventually found the path that led to Southern most path. This path proved to be much better that the Northern path that we had used in the past when doing the walk as described by Ian R. Jones in his booklet "20 Church Stretton Walks".
Birds seen or heard today included: Jackdaw, Meadow pipit, Carrion crow, Common buzzard, Raven, Common kestrel, Goldfinch, Nuthatch, Barn swallow and Peregrine falcon.
As Catherine had to head back home straight away, we quenched our thirst at the Pant -yr- Ochain at Gresford.