To the top of Shropshire's highest hill, from the eastern side - 7 miles - August 2009
Brown Clee and the Boyne Walks with a Camera
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Brown Clee and Titterstone Clee hills stand somewhat apart from the rest of the south- west Shropshire hill country, and given that Brown Clee is also the county's highest point, at 1772', they can be seen from many miles away. On this reasonably clear day we were able to appreciate the distant views that open up from the higher ground. We started out from the picnic area about a mile to the west of Cleobury North, and followed the public bridleway through the Boyne estate almost as far as the main Bridgnorth - Ludlow road. About 300 yards short of the road, another track leads to the north-west, climbing steadily until, the gradient easing, it swings towards the north past the attractive little Boyne Water, an artificial lake created remarkably close to the summit ridge. The summit is not pretty - a pimple on the highest part of a gently-sloped plateau, pock-marked by the quarrying which took place in the first part of the 20th century, with modern communications equipment adding a space-age feel... A fairly
new toposcope outlines the views, actual and potential - we could make out Hay Bluff, some 40 miles to the south-west, but not the Brecon Beacons a few miles beyond. I'd thought of descending a footpath which connects the summit fairly directly with the picnic area - but time and energy were still on our side, Ditton Priorsand instead we followed the line of an ancient wall down to the northern tip of the access land, then following the contours, more or less, to the former railway incline which once took standard-gauge wagon between the quarries and Ditton Priors. Rather than following the incline to the road, we cut off part way down and skirted the woodlands, ultimately joining the aforementioned footpath back to the car.
Estate barn Burwarton House Parkland Peacock on the path Boyne Water The col and the summit beyond Lunchtime - a seat with a view A view to south-west Shropshire The summit Summit toposcope Summit pool Corvedale and Wenlock Edge View to the Wrekin Sheep on the path Down the incline Ditton Priors

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