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.
There are so many brilliant producers of food and drink around Ludlow and the Shropshire in general. Here’s another example – Rhubarb Ketchup from the Ludlow Street Kitchen. Sounds weird but it’s great with sausages or even smoked mackerel. Get yours from the Broad Bean deli on Broad Street in Ludlow.
South Shropshire has some of the best (and least ridden) mountain bike trails in the country. From Sutton Court farm you are within a half hour drive of excellent single track riding at Bringewood and the Mortimer Forest just outside Ludlow, Bucknell, Bury Ditches and the home of mountain biking in Shropshire, Hopton Wood. MBR magazine reviewed the trail at Hopton on the website this month.
Start of the Salop Sludger yesterday morning. 100 hardy folk about to set off on a 40k (mostly) off road bike ride around Clun in aid of Midlands Air Ambulance. Well done to all those who got round the course (and indeed those who, like myself, didn’t quite). Great fun all round and bring on the next one!