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Ludlow and the Mortimer Forest explored


Shropshire Hills and Church Stretton


20th October 2013







The Mortimer Trail is a 32 mile long walk form Ludlow to Kington. The route walks through lovely hill country which used to be under the ownership of the Mortimer family, who stewarded this area between England and Wales for several Englsih kings from the 13th to 15 century. The route genarlly stays at 250 metres high with only the Lugg and Teme valleys to interrupt its height.

We start in historic Ludlow, with it's magnificent castle and Georgian streets. Ludlow has been described as "the loveliest market town in England" and it is indeed a gem of a place. We stay in Ludlow at the Feathers Hotel, itself a historic 16th century building, but famed for it's hospitalty and good food.

We walk 11 miles per day, and we are picked up and dropped off at the end and start of each day.

Dinner is at the Feathers and is three course.

At the end of the trail is Kington - in Herefordshire - a typical Marches Border town, with quirky shops and a big welcome.

We start from Ludlow on Day one and walk in the Teme Valley and into the Mortimer Forest - an old hunting forest, with a mix of broadleaf and fir trees. High Vinnals - the highest point on the trail is reached for lunch- each day there is a packed lunch for you - magnificent views over the Radnorshire Hills, Shropshire Hills, Malverns and down to the Black Mountains and Brecons.

Over Bircher Common, onto Croft Ambrey fort, then castle where we are picked up.

Day two starts at Croft Ambrey castle and we walk into the Lugg Valley at Aymestry. Onto the long sweep of Shobdon Hill and to Byton where we are picked up. 

Day three - from Byton to Wapley  hill fort - a magnificent iron age hill fort- before heading for Stansbatch and Titley and eventually joining Offa's after Little Brampton scar we meet Offa's Dyke trail and over Kington golf course into Kington town.

The walking is moderate with just a few strenuous sections, we will take these steadily.

A super walk - light, airy, green with magnificent views along the trail.