Ludlow to Rhyl, North Wales

On our drive up to Ludlow, Shropshire, from Hampshire, we stopped in at Berrington Hall, a National Trust Property.

Berrington Hall

Berrington Hall

My folks are members, of the National Trust UK, and if I lived in the UK I would definitely be joining up too (it would be a dream to work for them!). Growing up in England I always loved visiting National Trust Properties, for both the history and the grounds.

The Capability Brown designed grounds of Berrington Hall

The Capability Brown designed grounds of Berrington Hall

Now-a-days there are so many marvellous things for children to do too, as well as concerts and events throughout the year – to tie in with seasonal traditions.

We arrived at Berrington Hall late in the afternoon.

Berrington Hall

Berrington Hall

There wasn’t time to explore the house, but we enjoyed stretching our legs around the grounds.


Perfectly manicured hedges of Berrington Hall


The ‘walled’ garden at Berrington Hall


Alice and her grandparents enjoying the flowers.


Through the archway, Alice in the garden.

We found a fun playground area and Grandad enjoyed a relaxing moment on a giant hammock swing!

Grandad taking a rest from driving in the grounds of Berrington Hall.

Grandad taking a rest from driving in the grounds of Berrington Hall.

After a lovely breath of fresh air we drove on to historic Ludlow and to our evenings accommodation – at ‘The Feathers Hotel, Ludlow‘.


Granddad, fireside, at The Feather’s Hotel!

We had a stroll around the town, wishing we could have explored the castle – but it was closed for the annual Food Festival. Nevertheless, it was pleasant to take a walk and admire the many historical buildings.


Wonderful historic architecture in Ludlow


Jetty houses in Ludlow

We found a lovely Thai restaurant for our evening meal, before heading back to our hotel for a good night’s sleep. Alice was a little concerned at staying in such an old place. I’d anticipated some questions about ghosts, but she was more concerned about the fire risk! We had a very in-depth discussion about fire safety and ‘health and safety’ that hotels have to adhere to!

The next morning we left Ludlow to make our way to Rhyl, where my Aunty has a holiday caravan.

We enjoyed stopping at the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre in the morning.


Alice and Grandad testing their comparative ability; 6 year old versus 69 year old and I have to say that Grandad stood up very well to the test!


Checking the accuracy of the sun-dial (or Grandad’s watch).


Try an apple!


We then carried on to Rhyl, making a stop at Long Mynd. We drove up to the highest point of the Long Mynd, where we enjoyed beautiful views across Shropshire and beyond.


Beautiful scenery and views from the Long Mynd

There were many sheep and wild horses sharing the narrow road way!


The way life should be – seeing nature free and roaming.




Wild ponies in the beautiful landscape of the Long Mynd.

After enjoying the scenery and watching the gliders soaring the air currents (something my Dad enjoyed doing as a school boy at The Blue Coat School, Liverpool) we drove down to the Carding Mill Valley for a refreshing cuppa and ice-cream.


Beautiful views over Shropshire and beyond.

The cafe there had a wonderful education centre, with games, displays, books and puzzles. The drive down was one of those ‘dodge the sheep’ adventures!

Dodging sheep!

Dodging sheep!

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