The weather last weekend was divine wasn’t it? After a time that feels like forever in lockdown throughout a bleak winter, the glorious sunshine was a ray of hope in the shadows. Walking has always been a bit of an antidote to any depression I have experienced and I genuinely can’t tell you how much my spirits were lifted.
While the youngest three were visiting their Dad for the weekend, I decided to take the oldest two on a bit of a walk around our village. We only moved here last August and haven’t really had much opportunity to explore. I figured that we would start relatively short with a 3.5 mile walk, rather than jump into the deep end.
I have long since been in love with the rolling countryside that the borders are famous for. Unlike the harsh mountainous landscape of the North and the urban South, mid-Wales is predominantly gentle terrain. The area around Churchstoke is no different.
Surrounded on three sides by Shropshire yet located in Powys, the village is a bit of a cultural enigma. It doesn’t really know whether it is Welsh or English. The identity confusion does not detract from the magnificence of the area though. Four hills (or Mountains) overlook Churchstoke including Corndon Hill, Lan Fawr, Roundton Hill, and Todleth Hill.
Towards the North West, the hills roll towards Montgomery, The Vale of Kerry and on to Newtown. Whichever way you look, the scenery is exquisite. It’s mostly livestock farming but it just adds to the charm.
The route we took last Saturday was relatively straightforward. We walked up Coed Lane from the main road out of Churchstoke towards Newtown. At the top of the lane we reached a junction… left towards Montgomery or right towards Chirbury. We chose to turn right and followed the lane down to the main road before turning back down towards Churchstoke once again. Here are a few of my favourite photographs from the walk.