The chief hazard of walking in my favourite part of Shropshire is tumbling down an old shaft left over from the 19th-century lead mining industry, but there are others.
I was once bitten by a Jack Russell in White Grit. When I complained about this to Lembit Opik (the village is just over the border in the Montgomeryshire constituency) he was not helpful.
Now, reports the Shropshire Star, two walkers and a dalmatian from White Grit have found an unexploded mortar bomb dating from before the Second World War on nearby common land:
Constable David Harte, of West Mercia Police, said: “I can confirm that on Sunday (May 31) at approximately 11.30am, West Mercia Police were alerted by a member of the public who had discovered an unexploded device within the marshland area of Corndon, White Grit.
“In view of public safety, the area was cordoned off to allow the Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit to attended the scene and destroy the believed pre-World War Two device.
“Had it not been for a member of the public discovering the device, this could have potentially caused serious harm to the community.If you survive your walk in this area, do call in for tea and cake at The Bog.