Jun 03, 2013
Aug 10, 2013
Where I stayed
The Coach House, Bishops Castle
Jill, Gordon, Tina and Chris's turn to say farewell to the Peaks – its been a wonderful week, but we are looking forward to our next week in Ludlow. We make our way there via more back country roads, with a last view over the southern Peaks country from a high point at Crich, then couple of stop overs on the way. First at the Wedgewood factory and visitors centre (we admire the lovely ceramics – but they are clearly targeting a clientele with a bit more disposable income than us with prices like £120 per dinner plate for some designs....). Then alongside the Shropshire Union Canal at Market Drayton, where there is a large barge marina; some old warehouses, now nice apartments, from when the barges were the main way to transport goods across much of the country; and a boat repair yard, that is still in operation – restoring, modifying and repairing canal boats. All very interesting – although way prettier today than it must have been in the height of its use in the Industrial Revolution!! We pick up some groceries when we arrive at the exceptionally attractive town of Ludlow, then make our way a few minutes south of the town to our home for the next week – a lovely 2 bedroom, converted coach house on a farm in Richards Castle (yes – there is a few remains of what was once one of the important Marcher Castles the Normans built to defend the borders of their newly won English kingdom from the dastardly – or bravely independent, depending on which side you were on! – Welsh). Tina & Chris stayed here last year and became friends with the owners, who live in the main house on the farm, only a few meters away, so that night its a very happy reunion with them both over a few wines....