Can readers step up to solve picture riddle?

Back in 2003 John Wheeldon emailed us from Toronto in Canada hoping readers could solve a picture riddle for him – which we did.

John is trying to identify this location which he thinks is in Shropshire
John is trying to identify this location which he thinks is in Shropshire

And now, 18 years on, he has been back in touch with another mystery picture which he is trying to identify. It shows a little boy climbing what look like steps cut into a sort of mini cliff, and John thinks it was probably taken in Shropshire or on the borders.

John said: "Some years ago you assisted me, with a little help from your readers, in identifying a building and gardens from an old lantern slide. It proved to be Stokesay Castle.

"Now I have another quest. This is not a lantern slide but a snapshot I took in the early 1980s on a visit to the U.K. from Canada. I am 99 per cent certain it is in Shropshire, maybe near Chirk.

"This shows a sandstone face with a series of what I can only call footholes of varied pitch running in parallel to the upper level. You may well guess my double-barrelled question. Where is it and what was it?

"In spite of a lot of internet trolling I can find no reference to this feature so it may just stump your readers, although I somehow doubt it!

"Kindest regards from the Frozen North."

Well, can you identify it? If so, do drop us a line, or you can contact John directly at by email.

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