July Letter from The Ferns B & B chatting about mid Wales and, The Hutchison Way and my birthday

Mid Wales


Here at  Newport we are quite close to all the beauties of mid Wales. You could take in Shrewsbury on the way. It takes us about an hour to get to Welshpool. It has  a steam railway.  This is called Welshpool and Llanfair railway and it travels into the countryside to Llanfair Caeirinion.

Image result for welshpool railwayWelshpool is an attractive market town. The indoor market is on every day of the week with a farmers market  once a month. Often you can hear the locals speaking Welsh. Nearby is the National Trust’s Powys castle,  which has wonderful gardens going down the hillside. Only good, really, if you are a good walkerImage result for Powis Castle


We also went to see the ospreys on the Dyfi Valley: two parents – Glesni and Monty and 3 offspring. The site is run by Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust. As well as the ospreys, they have two water buffalo clearing the boggy areas. There are many pools;  one notice board by a pool  took my attention. See bottom left.


It says: It takes three litres of water to make 1 litre of bottled water!

Hutchison Way

200 yards from our house in the start of a shortish- long distance way to Wellington (Shropshire).This is a route linking the two historic towns of Wellington and Newport and the base of celebrated hill the Wrekin via Telford new town; combining modern developments with lanes, trackways, woodlands and open spaces created from old industrial sites.
It was created by Telford & Wrekin council as  a millennium project and named in honour of late former Chief Executive of the council David Hutchison, the original inspiration of the route

It is nineteen miles long, but you can easily just walk to Church Aston (10 minutes)

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St Andrews church

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The local – between Church Aston and Lilleshall

or to Lilleshall and the monument to the Duke of Sutherland on top of Lilleshall Hill which has lovely views over the flat countryside ( about 45 minutes)


The monument and trig point

or go to see the Lilleshall limestone workings at the side of the hill. These have recently been restored by a friend of Lilleshall through his own time and money and hard work.


Some of the kilns

Any of my guests who would like to do some or all of the Hutchison Way, just ask me for  walk leaflets.

My birthday

was spent in Borth last week – hence the lateness of my July Blog – at my brother and sister in law’s caravan. My sister brought me a home-made coffee and walnut cake, which was a lovely surprise and very tasty. Mike is looking a bit surprised by it all! DSC05726

Best wishes Linda