At last - we’ve got some snow in Shropshire! Mike and I started the day by heading for Shrewsbury, but the light was terrible so we aimed for Church Stretton instead. Mike spent his time on Hazler Hill while I climbed Caradoc, initially accompanied by blue skies. However a blizzard soon came in and, as you can see by the pictures, it was not a pleasant experience! If I opened my eyes, they were stung by the speed that the snow was coming at me, but if I kept them closed then I was blinded for a few seconds by the dazzling white of the snow when I opened them. Must get some goggles!
I was up there for over an hour, sheltering behind Three Fingers Rock, but with no sign of the weather changing I headed down to get shots elsewhere. Of course, as soon as I reached the bottom there was a nice blue sky and the blizzard was nowhere to be seen.
I thought about going back up again, but instead headed for Hope Bowdler Hill and Gaer Stone where I took several shots. This patch of blue sky lasted about forty minutes, which would have given me enough time to walk back up Caradoc, but it would have been rushed and I’m happy with what I have. You make your decisions and you live with them!
In the meantime Mike was listening to the traffic reports on BBC Radio Shropshire, and we realised we should start heading back at this point as many roads had been closed or blocked by accidents. It took us three hours to get back to Church Stretton but hopefully we’ll be out taking pictures again tomorrow!