Another peek at my home town
The picture at the head of this article is the view of Clee Hill in snow - actually Titterstone Clee. It is the main hill overlooking Ludlow and we often have to use the road that drives through the area when going shopping (if we are going out of town).
It is actually a mountain as it is 540 metres high but it is really more like a fairly steep hill. Its 'sister' hill is Brown Clee which is shorter than her neighbour but just as beautiful.
The area around is dotted with hill forts and archaeologists have found a number of sites with iron age artefacts. Unfortunately, a great many of these are on private land so I am unable to get a photograph myself but I'm sure if you search you would find some information and images. For those of you that wonder, the British Iron Age was roughly 1 century BC
On the top of Brown Clee is a war memorial dedicated to the 23 men, allied and German who died after crashing their planes into the side (oops) I can fully understand this as the peak of both hills completely disappears in misty weather.
There are several spots along the road that runs by Clee Hill that you can stand and look out over the land and imagine it as being hundreds of years ago with the picturesque patchwork of green, the sheep wandering the fields and on to the road but best of all - with no visible sign of modern life. You may see the odd cottage and if you stop in the wrong spot you can see electricity lines but that is it. The picture below was taken on the same day as the one above but not from the top of the hill and even in such a short space the snow always falls so much thicker at the summit and takes weeks longer to disappear. You can see the corner of the mirror on our car as I didn't get out into the cold to take this picture - it was too darned cold.
In the summer I will try to get another photo from this spot but perhaps from a different angle. The hills in the background are the Herefordshire hills but on a clear day you can see a lot more than this picture suggests.
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