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Clee St. Margaret

Setting off from Aston Munslow we were in high spirits, the sky blue, the clouds white and the wind set warm and fair.

Crossing the fields in the valley of the Corve we rested for refreshment in Bouldon. Some took the opportunity to apply sun cream and all bathed in the sunshine.

Refreshed we ascended the short steep section to take us up to Heath and its medieval chapel where, thanks to a welcome key, we entered and took shelter from a passing squall.

Walking in sun and showers we gained Clee Liberty Common, our lunch stop. Sheltering within the earthworks of Nordy Bank, iron-age hill-fort we were thankful that the rain had abated. We restarted our walk in glorious sunshine and the chance to admire the fabulous views as we walked along the escarpment.

With Clee Liberty behind us we started our walk back to Aston Munslow. The middle section of the walk back is in theory gradual descent through fields. However the presence of some very difficult stiles and heavy rain made it feel more like an Iron Man Challenge. Good to report that the lads done great and we all got through it!

A fleeting ray of sun allowed us to take a short break and a drink before setting off across the fields to our cars. Sadly this last section proved that nature reigns supreme. A field with knee high sedge and grass, sodden with rain was followed by a field of dripping wet oil-seed rape two metres high which we had to force our way through to follow the over-planted path .

Onward we trudged, drenched, soaked and a few expletives to boot, thankful that the end was nigh. As walk leader all I could do was thank everyone for sharing an experience with me and hope that they would return to Shropshire one day!

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