Our annual walk led by Gordon Dickins had a record attendance this year – 28 plus 2 dogs, but this didn’t faze our experienced “Flockmaster.” The walk of about 5 miles in mostly pleasant weather, set off from The Bog Visitor Centre, Stiperstones SY5 0NG. Following a broad path through what was once Gatten Plantation, we then headed uphill with the Stiperstones ridge in view; nobody took up the option to visit the Devil’s Chair on Mary Webb’s “Diafol Mountain” even though “he clearly wasn’t in his chair,” carrying on towards Pennerley and taking in some of Shropshire’s finest views. Lunch was taken amongst the ruins of what was reputedly Deborah and Stephen’s cottage in The Golden Arrow. Lawrence later entertained the group with the legend of Wild Edric. The happy band continued downhill taking in the Stiperstones ridge, Nipstone Rock and Corndon. Then, just as the threatening dark clouds started to break, the flock arrived safely back at The Bog Centre for a very welcome cuppa and cake and a chance to browse the lovely range of gifts and displays. Well done to the staff who did a sterling job coping with such a crowd.
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