Just south of Ludlow towards Leominster, on the edge of Mortimer Forest, the ruins of Richards Castle are well worth seeking out. A rare example of a pre conquest Norman castle (built in the 1050’s), currently only the goats patrol the battlements.
Ludlow’s newest addition is this fantastic sweet shop on Tower street, part of the Mollies chain, but with a real traditional feel.
The new rebranded Ludlow Farm Shop at Bromfield, which sells fantastic local produce much of which is produced on the 8000 acre Oakey Park estate.
This is the walled garden at the magnificent Croft Castle taken a few weeks ago during the last days of the summer holidays. An absolute treasure just 30 minutes drive from Sutton Court Farm, with a fantastic country house, landscaped gardens and extensive country walks on the estate. Find out more here – https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/croft-castle-and-parkland.
The imposing Wilderhope Manor is nestled in the beautiful countryside around Apedale just on the other side of Wenlock Edge from Sutton Court Farm. It’s run as YHA accommodation but you can still go for walks around the outside anytime and see inside on Wednesdays and Sundays between 2 and 6.
This lovely 12th century Norman style chapel is just past the Tally Ho pub in Bouldon. If you want to have look inside the key is behind the board. Why they don’t put it on the front of the board is a mystery I have been unable to solve…
We spent a great day at the Ludlow Spring Festival in the grounds of Ludlow’s amazing castle. Vintage cars aplenty including this stunningly restored AA van. More real ale than you could shake a CAMRA approved stick at, delicious local food and live music including Ludlow’s own Call Of The Kraken to round the days event of in fine style.
Well, we finally got there! All the cottages have been refurbished and looking mighty good. Photo’s to follow! Our new Okofen Pellmatic biomass boiler is fired up and the freshly installed central heating system is making the cottages toasty warm in this unseasonably cold start to May. Thanks to the Neil and the rest of his alumni of the Newcastle Uni cycling club and there families who stayed at Sutton Court Farm for there regular get together / ride.
The Green Cafe at Dinham Bridge is one of the most atmospheric places to eat in Ludlow. The dramatic location, with Ludlow Castle towering above on one side and the wooded cliffs of Whitcliffe Common on the other, with the Teme opening out as it goes over the weir and under the bridge, as a backdrop for you lunch is just one reason to get yourself down there. The food, which has always been excellent but is now being being cooked by the talented lot from Shrewsbury’s excellent CSONS, is another.
Here’s some stunning drone footage taken by Still Droning On from Flounders’ Folly on Wenlock Edge. It gives an idea of the beautiful landscape we are lucky enough to call home in Corvedale and the Shropshire Hills. It’s a lovely walk up to the Folly from Callow Hill, a short drive from Sutton Court Farm.