Mist and birdsong in the Clun Valley

Early morning in the Clun Valley - this was my view as the sun rose over the village of Clunbury.

Mist and birdsong in the Clun Valley

I was surrounded by birdsong as the mist gradually cleared from Clunbury Hill, which was once part of the Clee-Clun Ridgeway.

This was a trading route used by prehistoric man, and it was one of the many hill-top highways used for thousands of years until the arrival of the Romans and their roads.

In the centre of the shot is St Swithin's Church, which was built in the 12th century as a chapel of ease to St George's Church in Clun.

It was a very peaceful morning, and easy to to see why Clunbury is described as one of the ‘quietest places under the sun’ in A E Housman's A Shropshire Lad.

Another early start for me - the alarm went off at 4.20am - but always worth it for magical views like this.

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