Badger Dingle Waterfall Black And White
Set in a sandstone gorge next to the black and white village of Badger in Shropshire, is Badger Dingle, a pleasure ground landscaped by William Emes (a student of Capability Brown) for the owners of Badger Hall. This waterfall sits below the dam that Emes used to create the upper lake. A narrow footpath weaves its' way around the upper edge of the valley, which nature has largely reclaimed. There are some interesting views looking down to the lake, but a real surprise is 'The Temple', an architectural folly designed by James Wyatt in 1783, as a teahouse and viewpoint to enjoy the valley's landscape. The Temple is owned by a buildings preservation trust that rent it out for holidays.
In places the walls of the sandstone valley are steep and exposed, with numerous large trees clinging to the rocks by their roots. Unfortunately trees now grow down to the waters edge and I would imagine that the views of the valley are somewaht diminished from Emes original vision, but a very interesting place to visit, nonetheless.
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