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Caer Caradoc

This sketching post is of the impressive Caer Caradoc, which rises above the town of Church Stretton. Which is the highest point of one of the ‘whaleback ridges’, in the Shropshire Hills.

It’s half term camping and we have driven up to Shropshire to stay on the lovely Ley Hill Farm Campsite. Which is set close to Cardington and is in the lovely, quiet countryside. Our tent is pitched in a field of buttercups and has stunning views over to the brooding Caer Caradoc and Willstone Hill. Our little lad loves the freedom of running around and springing off a Hawthorn Tree that has fallen over.

Featured sketch above:

The Long Mynd

The sketch above is from The Long Mynd hills looking across the valley to Caer Caradoc. We have set off on a round walk, parking up on ‘The Burway’. Stopping for lunch on the side of ‘Yearlett’. It’s from here, over lunch that I am sketching. Before we stopped our lad was complaining that he was tired and I thought this would be a good time for some sketching. However, no sooner had we stopped and he wants to get going again! My wife did sterling work to keep him entertained while I finished putting down the paint. It took all in all about half an hour, but this was too long for some! I had to carry it while it dried before packing it in my rucksack.

Materials Used

These sketches were painted in a Daler Rowney, Langton 14 x 10”, ‘Not’ watercolour pad. With my trusty Winsor & Newton, watercolour field paint box, I’ve used a Pro Art no.20 and a sable no.6. I did a quick pencil drawing underneath the watercolour with a 6B pencil.

Sketch from the campsite

This final sketch is from the field we are camping in, with its lovely view out across to Caer Caradoc.

Our Camp Site’s Website is: ‘Ley Hill Caravan and Campsite‘. It’s a very relaxed place to stay.

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