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Shropshire’s Gothic Bromfield

What did members from Wolverhampton, Cheshire and Malvern do on Sunday? Joined local leader John W for over six plus miles up the gorgeous Teme valley, north west of Ludlow. A promising start the well-chosen A49 Ludlow Food Centre parking, led to Bromfield`s hauntingly deserted mill complex and Priory. Gushing weirs, ancient stone bridges and recently mown riverside paths led to a lunch stop with distant views of Clee Hill

Experts on hand added to discussions about mobile phone signals versus GPS, misteltoe and the Mortimer family history of Downton`s Estate. Despite enjoying a castellated gothic Bridge over the Teme Weir, Grade 1 Downton Castle (Grade 1 listed) is not, sadly, open to the public

Docile sheep and some eminently `doable` stiles led back in good time to our cars and – for two of us at least, enough warmth left for an outdoor drink behind the Clive Arms.

Text by David M and published by Chris T

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