The first of Saville's Lone Pine books was Mystery at Witchend. In his foreword he says:
"The country in which this story is set is real, but if you are ever lucky enough to explore it for yourself you will not find Witchend."Up to a point Lord Saville.
If you do explore the Shropshire hills with an Ordnance Survey map and the maps you find on the endpapers of the Lone Pine books, you will soon discern that the real-life model for Witchend is a house called Priors Holt. Equally, you will discover that the Ingles Farm of the book is based on Hamperley Farm down the lane.
When making these discoveries you will probably also come across the Longmynd Adventure Camp - just the sort of establishment of which Malcolm Saville would have approved.
It has always been a bit of a mystery to me, but the Shropshire Star tells you all about it:
A south Shropshire adventure camp, set up 50 years ago, is enjoying its busiest years ever – but supporters fear the credit crunch could hamper plans to finish refurbishment work.
The Longmynd Adventure Camp ... has had its busiest half-year ever.
“It’s extremely heartening to see the camp being used by more groups of special needs children. Once our wheelchair path opens in early August we plan to welcome even more.” said president Don Rogers.
A massive £36,000 fundraising drive has reached the half way total. but trustees still need to raise another £18,000 to complete the refurbishment of the camp’s mess hall.The article goes on to give contact details, should you feel moved to donate to the camp.