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THE STONES THAT BUILT CARDINGTON (7th May 2013)

Raconteur Keith Pybus is leading a walk on Saturday 11 May 2013.

Locally available materials are characteristic of the villages of the Shropshire Hills AONB. Keith Pybus, believes nowhere illustrates this more dramatically than Cardington:

“The buildings and boundary walls of Cardington are wonderful stone jigsaws.  They are not dressed and shaped but random stones assembled with the greatest skill.  You only have to lift your eyes to the horizon to see where they came from.  The walls and the buildings are mainly of Hoar-Edge grit stone quarried from Sharpstones.  The village is surrounded by pinnacles of stone with blood-curdling names – like Battlestones.  Our walk is designed to explore these sources of Cardington’s local stone.  We shall also take a look at the monument to an infamous builder, Justice Leighton.  The story goes that he offered a pardon to a master mason if he built him the finest chimneys in the county.  The chimneys are impressive today after almost 500 years. The mason didn’t survive. Leighton had him hanged nonetheless.”

This 4.5 mile walk has some magnificent views of the Stretton Hills, and starts from The Royal Oak at Cardington at 10am.  It is undulating with a few steady climbs and stiles, and is one of six new Walking with Offa circular routes. 

The cost is £10, which includes lunch at The Royal Oak, Cardington, (£7.50 Friends of the Shropshire Hills AONB).  Booking is essential, please call the Shropshire Hills AONB Partnership on 01588 674080.

For the full programme of Walking with Offa guided walks, see www.shropshirehillsaonb.co.uk/things-to-do/walking-with-offa/