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Peter Andrew Jones Rural Dreams Ruraul Wildlife Art

Peter Andrew Jones Rural Dreams Ruraul Wildlife Art

Peter Andrew Jones Rural Dreams Ruraul Wildlife Art

Peter Andrew Jones Rural Dreams Ruraul Wildlife Art

Peter Andrew Jones Rural Dreams Ruraul Wildlife Art

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"Decisions, decisions, hard to make:
Which road to drive, which path to take ....”
As all roads around the Stiperstones seem to lead to or from the Bog Visitor Centre, it seems sensible to take time out here for a drink and home made cake while you browse the local craft stalls and ponder which route to take. Peter and Hilary have spent many a happy hour here putting the world to rights and working on paintings and poems, surrounded by the beautiful, mysterious landscape “where Shropshire’s border kisses Wales”.
Still gas-lit, this old stone building was once the village school - the heart of a thriving rural mining community that also boasted a pub, miner’s institute, lead mine, and houses: how lovely it would be to go back in time and see it in its heyday. Little remains of the village now, save information boards that tell of its past: grass and wild flowers carpet the scrubby ground, whilst red kites soar and skylarks sing in the peaceful skies. It has a sort of magic ..... as if spirits from the past are standing beside you, or fairies are peering from beneath the powder-blue harebells.
You can share the magic in Peter and Debbie’s limited edition book, “Paintings of the Stiperstones”.

“... So many tempting ways to go:
Best leave the car and take a stroll ....”
The best views and scenery are reserved for those who go on foot from here, but even if you ride on the Shropshire Hills Shuttle Bus or travel  by car  there’s plenty to tempt the eyes and fire the imagination. Derelict mine shafts dot the area around Shelve, Lordshill and Snailbeach, lovely old inns offer a warm welcome at Stiperstones village, Habberley, Priestweston and The Bridges (Ratlinghope), and perilously steep dingles plunge down to the road from the Stiperstones ridge. Old miners cottages still stand along the roadside and up on the hillside, converted now into more modern homes. The larger towns of Bishop’s Castle, Church Stretton, Montgomery, Ludlow and Shrewsbury are all within a 45-minute drive.

... Tracks where drovers walked their stock
Down muddy lanes, ‘cross jagged rock ....”
Walkers are spoilt for choice, with a number of waymarked walks (Flenny Bank, Mucklewick Hill) as well as dozens of footpaths and tracks in all directions, including the long distance Shropshire Way. A stony track alongside the visitor centre disappears westward into the trees ... follow it and you will discover a delightful hidden pool, fairy circles, cattle and sheep grazing in the fields, rabbits playing on soft, grassy banks and, if you venture far enough, an ancient stone circle known as Mitchell’s Fold on top of Stapeley Hill.
Walk uphill and you will find yourself heading onto the infamous Stiperstones ridge, where heather, cowberry and whinberry cloak the slopes, and bog cotton dances in the wind. July - September are the best months to catch these plants in all their glory, when the slopes wear their purple mantle with pride.
Jagged tors dominate the skyline and scatterd rocks make the path a tricky traverse, but on a bright day quartzite seams sparkle in the sunlight and add a special fascinating magic. Cranberry Rock, Manstone Rock, the Devil’s Chair .... the whole area is steeped in folklore and legend. Information boards at the Visitor Centre recount tales of Wild Edric and the Devil, and also tell of fictionalised settings used by famous local authors Malcolm Saville and Mary Webb.
From the top of the ridge views stretch for miles in all directions: north to Shrewsbury past the restored mining settlement at Blakemoregate; west beyond the great bulk of Corndon Hill into mid-Wales; east towards the Long Mynd (where you may spot gliders, paragliders and hang gliders on a nice day); south towards Nipstone Rock, Black Rhadley Hill and Ludlow.
Drovers used to follow a track along the ridge with sheep, cattle, pigs and geese, en route from mid-Wales to the markets in Shrewsbury: you can easily spot the crown of conifers on top of Bromlow Callow that was said to be a landmark for them. There, too, the final scene of Mary Webb’s novel “Gone to Earth” was shot for the Hollywood film of 1950.

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