to the much lorded poet John Betjeman, Ludlow is 'probably the loveliest
town in England'. In 1943, Christopher Hussey said of Ludlow that 'the whole
place is a national monument'.
A lot has happened in this part of Shropshire, this close to the Welsh border. Which is why we chose to visit. Also because we'd never heard of it and it felt like a good idea at the time.
Geologically, the area is rich in calcareous limestone laid down around 400 million years ago. This means the place is alive with fossils - if such a thing is possible! In fact Ludlow gives its name to a period of geological time, as does the nearby Whitcliffe. Although Whitcliffe is a tad older, being 415 million. Suffice it to say that with all this geological activity and given the last ice age, Ludlow is atop a big hill.