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Clun - The quietest place under the sun..

Postby pete9012S » 20 Sep 2017, 22:01

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Clun
“Clunton and Clunbury, Clungunford and Clun are the quietest places under the sun”

Sometimes it’s nice to take it easy, keep it simple, and get back to a more relaxing way of life.

Clun is a good place to start. Poet A.E. Housman described Clun as the quietest place under the sun in his book, ‘A Shropshire Lad’. So if you are looking for rest and relaxation, Clun will not disappoint.

Enjoy a picnic or strolls beside the Clun River and keep an eye out for brown trout. We are told that careful observers may, with patience, also spot a king fisher or a dipper too, or even the elusive Clun otter! If you’re feeling energetic you can walk up to Clun Castle which overlooks the town and also makes a scenic picnic spot.

http://www.visitshropshirehills.co.uk/towns/clun/


Has anyone been or can recommend a good B%B / Tea Room? My wife and I are thinking of stopping off there on our way into Mid Wales in a week or two?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfPuRohBXiE&t=116s
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Postby Anita Bensoussane » 21 Sep 2017, 07:11

I've never been there but I'm interested in the area because many of Malcolm Saville's Lone Pine books are set in Shropshire and several of them have episodes which take place in Clun. It looks beautiful, Pete.
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Postby Lucky Star » 21 Sep 2017, 08:23

Looks lovely Pete but like Anita I have never been so cannot advise. You could have a lot of fun just motoring around snooping out places though.
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Postby pete9012S » 21 Sep 2017, 08:42

Thanks Anita and John. I would love to find out more about which Malcolm Saville books feature Clun at all if anyone knows?

I read so many of his books when I was younger,but my library is sadly missing all of his books at present.
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Postby Anita Bensoussane » 21 Sep 2017, 16:49

I wish I could remember which Lone Pine books feature Clun, but I've only read them once and that was a long time ago now. I hope someone is able to tell you, Pete.
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Postby Kate Mary » 21 Sep 2017, 17:19

The fourth Lone Pine book, The Secret of Grey Walls is set in Clun. I'm not sure if any of the others are as well.
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Postby John Pickup » 21 Sep 2017, 19:17

Clun is mentioned in other Lone Pine books but Secret Of Grey Walls is the only book based in the town. We were there about 15 years ago and it was a delightful little town, very quiet even in the middle of the day. The packhorse bridge is still there and the remains of the ruined castle where the Lone Piners established their camp. Unfortunately, I can't recommend a B & B but we did have a lovely meal in a pub whose name I've forgotten.
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Postby pete9012S » 21 Sep 2017, 19:41

Looking through all the info here, i don't quite know which edition to aim for?? Help!!

http://www.malcolmsaville.co.uk/sgw.htm
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Postby pete9012S » 21 Sep 2017, 20:59

I've ordered the 1995 edition described:


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Scholastic 'Hippo' 1995:
paperback; 310pp; text virtually as first edition; map; no illustrations; cover by Paul Robinson;


Here's the map from the original edition and a recent map for comparison:

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Postby Anita Bensoussane » 22 Sep 2017, 07:17

I hope you enjoy the book, Pete. Although Malcolm Saville had real-life locations in mind, he played around with them to suit his plots. I see that in this case the River Clun has been moved - though whether that was down to Malcolm Saville or the map-drawer I can't be sure!
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Postby Machupicchu14 » 22 Sep 2017, 18:48

Oh! That place (town) sounds amazing. I would so love to go there. :D (So many places to visit in this world and so little time....) :roll:
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Postby Lenoir » 02 Oct 2017, 18:26

That's one of my favourite Lone Pine books. I have been to Clun, just had a quick look around and saw the castle. I also saw the Stiperstones and did some walking there.
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Postby pete9012S » 02 Oct 2017, 19:45

Thanks Lenoir. I started the book this morning.We are around 50 miles or so away from Clun and plan to stop on our way home.

I'm going to treat my wife to breakfast/lunch in Clun and perhaps even a Shropshire Cream Tea from this establishment:


The Maltings Cafe Clun:

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restauran ... gland.html

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Cream Tea Maltings Cafe Clun style - are they hedging their bets?? :D
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Postby Daisy » 02 Oct 2017, 21:27

Nice one! It looks like it, Pete.
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Postby Eddie Muir » 02 Oct 2017, 21:45

I’d be happy with either scone, Pete. :wink: I’d be even happier with both. :D
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