Misty sunrise over the Onny valley

Morning mist swirls across the valley of the River Onny - this was my view at sunrise from Linley Hill, near Norbury.

Misty sunrise over the Onny valley

Beneath the sea of white is the West Onny, which is one of two branches of the River Onny.

Interestingly, the name is said to come from the Welsh and means 'the river on which ash trees grow'.

Stretching across the horizon is the distinctive shape of Corndon Hill. On the left is Linley Big Wood, while just above it is the ridge of Cefn Gunthly.

Corndon sits on the border between England and Wales and dominates the Marches for miles around. It is actually in Powys, but is surrounded by Shropshire on three sides.

The hill was once part of a Marcher hunting estate which was created after the Normans invaded in 1066.

Its history goes back much further than that, however, and the trig point on its summit stands on the remains of a Bronze Age burial cairn.

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