GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Mortimer Forest

8 miles (13 km)

Enjoy walking and cycling trails in this large area of woodland near Ludlow. The woods are located on the border of Shropshire and Herefordshire and include a number of signed trails taking you to the highlights of the forest.
The walk starts at the ruined castle in Ludlow and follows the Mortimer Trail over the River Teme into the forest. You'll pass Whitcliffe Common on the southern side of the river where there's a nice viewpoint and riverside trails.
The trail heads into the centre of the woods where you can enjoy a climb to High Vinnalls. It's a challenging ascent with the hill reaching a height of about 1200ft.
This walk uses a section of the long distance Mortimer Trail which runs through the heart of the forest. You can extend your walk by following the trail south and visiting the Croft Ambrey Iron Age Hillfort where there are great views to the Welsh Hills. There's also nice trails through the parkland and gardens of Croft Castle.
The Shropshire Way also passes Ludlow so you could pick up this trail and head deep into the Shropshire countryside.

Mortimer Forest OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Mortimer Forest Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

At the north western end of the forest you will find Bringewood. Here you can access a number of decent red and black mountain bike trails which have been used for the National Championships. The Vinnalls car park off Kilnhorse Lane provides access to the trails.


Mortimer Forest - January 2012 - panoramio

Mortimer Forest

Corner of the wood - - 620840

Corner of the wood. A newly planted section of Whitcliffe Wood.

Approaching a junction - - 1369520

Approaching a junction

Another wet summer's day in the woods - - 916610

A wet summer's day in the woods

Summit road, High Vinnalls - - 963624

Summit road, High Vinnalls

High Vinnalls summit - - 53385

High Vinnalls summit. 375m summit, the highest part of the great limestone ridge running from the Severn at Ironbridge well into Radnorshire. The hut on stilts was a radio relay, it appeared in the late 1970s and was once usable as a bothy.

GPS Files

GPX File

Mortimer Forest.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Mortimer Forest.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)