Ragged Stone Ramble

This spectacular view comes part way up Ragged Stone Hill looking back to Midsummer and Swinyard Hills.  The climb up Ragged Stone wasn’t quite as bad this time.  I’ve adopted a new tactic of not looking up and so far it seems to be working.  Climb down the other side still slippy and tricky, but the scent of those bluebells was still in my nostrils and got me through.  Had been congratulating myself on there not being many people around until I hit Chase End where there were suddenly lots of people, dogs and grazing cows.  Moved on to Bromsberrow and further than ever before, down to junction just before war memorial before turning back up to go past Toney’s Farm entrance, then back to White Leaved Oak via Howler’s Heath and High Hill.  This lived up to its name as the descent down the slope was steep – really must learn to read contour lines on the map.  Home via White Leaved Oak and the lower route round Ragged Stone.  By now it was getting late, so phoned home to alert support team who was wonderfully getting tea ready for my return home at 9pm.  Had done 9.5 miles and, though tired, felt that my world had been re-set by my time in the beauty of Spring – bluebells, cow parsley, hawthorn and wild garlic – amazing. 


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