This is the month for simple pleasures. Slow down! Make time to enjoy and indulge in the things you love. That all important triad of food, family and friends will be central. Get a blanket and gather your friends for impromptu picnics. Take hikes or cycle and explore nearby landscapes and reward yourself with a drink at a pub. Challenge yourself to do something outside the box, like a day visiting art galleries, take a chance and pick attend a Ludlow Fringe cultural event you wouldn’t normally try Trail around gardens, download an app to help you identify any plants you don’t recognise.
Caradoc Outdoor Skills based in Long Mynd are offering a series of events in June:
- Navigation Level 2 – 1 day course on 4 June includes micro navigation, how to take a bearing from the map and follow it on the ground, how to take a bearing from a feature and plot it onto the map, resections, the importance of understanding magnetic variation, aiming off and attack points. Plus lots of practice reading contours, features, measuring distance and basic map reading skills.
- Father’s Day Weekend Outdoor Skills on 18 June: spend time learning outdoor skills on this great weekend with your child. This course covers basic navigation on a gentle walk on the longmynd. Knife and axe skills, emergency shelter building, fire lighting, campfire cooking, a night in a woodland camp, water treatment and a catapult making and target shooting competition.
- Couch to 3560ft – Snowdon Sunrise Walk 26 June to 10 July is a course designed for people who are not confident enough of getting to the top of Snowdon (the highest mountain in England and Wales) at 1085m (3560 feet) above sea level and watch the sunrise. No prior experience of mountain walking is required as this course includes a preparation day, where we work on our fitness and learn about equipment and walking techniques.
At the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre Birdwatching Bird Walk on 8 June, join local expert, Dave Pearce, to discover and listen for the busy birdlife around the habitats of Onny Meadows and Stokesay.
Summer is just around the corner and Ludlow Women’s Hub are celebrating with another of their brilliant netwalks. Starting and finishing at the Millennium Green at 9.30am, 18 June
On 11 June private members’ group, Walking, Cycling, Canoeing, Walking And Cake will be embarking on The Three Churches Walk, South Shrops (7 Miles). The walk centres around three small local churches starting at Nash Church (St John the Baptist) and heading up to Coreley and then back down and around to Boraston Church before an easy final amble back to Nash Church. It’s a good walk that should take around 3.5 hrs.
Black Girls Hike: West Midlands – The Wrekin, Telford, 19 June.
Eating and drinking
For information on Jubilee events over the weekend in Ludlow read our latest feature.
The Annual Beer Festival at the Apple Tree in Onibury offers many guest ales and live entertainment over the Jubilee Weekend, 2-5 June.
The Pheasant at Neenton are welcoming back ‘Cooper & Davies’ on Friday, 3 June. There will be live music and a pop up, ‘A Hiphop Chip Shop’ in the garden. There’ll be a bouncy castle for the kids and you can even dress us as your favourite Royal!
Dance away the Midsummer Day’s evening to a fabulous Ceilidh Band at Ludlow Brewery on 21 June. They’ve even organised a professional caller to make sure that everyone is going in the right direction!