31st March – Shifnal to Penkridge

20190331 Lunch by Shropshire Union Canal
Lunch stop by the Shropshire Union Canal

After a good nights sleep and a wholesome breakfast Karen and I returned to Shifnal to resume my walk at 9.30.  It was good to have some company as unfortunately today’s walk consisted of lots of road walking interspersed with field paths.

20190331 Typical field path near Longnor
Typical field path near Longnor

The trail mainly followed the Monarch’s Way, the route taken by Charles 2nd when fleeing from the Battle of Worcester.  We were hoping to get coffees at the Royal Oak at Bishop’s Wood but they seemed to be closed – perhaps the only pub in the UK closed at lunchtime on Mothering Sunday!

We continued on our way via Black Ladies’ Priory, and stopped at the Shropshire Union Canal for lunch. From there we split up, Karen returning to Shifnal whilst I continued to Mitton and Penkridge arriving around 4.20.

20190331 Penkridge church
Penkridge church

My room at the Littleton Arms is small but comfortable and I managed to get a table in the restaurant, where I sat surrounded by families celebrating Mothering Sunday.

On a practical note I am pleased that I brought OS maps with me and am not totally dependent on my guidebook.  Inevitably things have changed since the guide was written and it is true to say that in places a good deal of interpretation is required.