/ Shropshire skiing
If anyone is interested I'll give more accurate directions.
Good for you. What about Brown Clee and Titterstone Clee? Do they look skiable?
OK, I admit I asked that partly so I'd get to say "Titterstone" :-)
I was out today on the planks on Minchmoor and wondered if my favourite hill was in nick.. It was, thanks for posting.
The eyesore at the summit was a radio transmitter. Time it went. I have skied the hill twice now - including once on Christmas Day. Up the dip slope from Batchcott on both occasions to make a day of it. Hanway Common (that is in Shropshire) is quite a good descent but could be steeper.
Brown Clee is good value, with tracks and logging roads in the woods on the eastern side. Once skied that after work with a head torch.
High Vinnalls in nick in March - who would have believedit
Visibility wasn't great today, so couldn't see them, a shame as gazing on the lovely profile of Titterstone always warms the heart.
The Long Mynd looked white, but I think the wind will have left a lot of areas with fairly thin cover. Forestry at High Vinnals worked well, the trees had provided enough shelter to leave the fire roads with about 25cm of snow on them.
Would be interested to hear if anyone got out elsewhere in the county, probably just enough light after work to have some fun. Caer Caradoc maybe?
Did I say it wasn't? ;-)
Interesting, I had always assumed High Vinnalls was Shropshire, thanks for pointing out my mistake. Also good to know what the tower was actually for, I shall inform my usual MTB partners who like this sort of information.
I'm not sure you could have skied all the way from Batchcott today, the snow didn't get deep until about halfway up the road from Ludlow to High Vinnalls, but will bear it in mind for the next time we get a dump.
The radio tower used (1980s)to be habitable. The FC grey men caught on and filled it full of wire. If only they could remove the ruddy thing.
Slightly further afield, I have often found the Radnor Forest quite useful. Once saw the local farmers using a tractor for uplift on a rather good field and passed a load of 4*4 pathwreckers completely stuck.
The grassy paths trap snow between the heather and can give good touring. On the central bit there is a large forest.
Long Mynd quite scoured on top, but loads (1 foot consistently) where caught in heather/paths and in the valleys with correct orientation. Brown Clee very white now it has emerged from the clouds
I'd say a foot on the lower ground and in the trees, and up to nearly 4 foot drifts up on the top. Was awesome.
Went up Caradoc this evening. Managed to skin from the bottom to about half height, but it then became too scoured, so went to the summit on foot. Descent was ok for the first couple of hundred metres, but below that there was a crust that made everything hard work.
Overall the skiing was pretty rubbish, but as a bit of post work fun it was very successful.
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