GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Mortimer Trail

30 miles (48 km)

This exceptionally lovely walk takes you through the beautiful Shropshire and Herefordshire countryside, from Ludlow to Kington.
The walk begins at the splendid, medieval Ludlow Castle in Shropshire and heads towards Aymestrey, crossing the River Teme before passing through Mortimer Forest, Haye Park Wood and Deer Park. This section passes the excellent viewpoint at High Vinnalls and visits the British Iron Age hill fort at Croft Ambrey, where there are more fabulous views of the Herefordshire countryside. You can also explore the beautiful gardens surrounding the historic Croft Castle here.
At Aymestrey you join the River Lugg for a delightful waterside stretch that leads to Shobdon Hill Wood. The path continues to Byton and then onto Wapley Hill Iron Age Fort, with the final stretch taking you to the finish point at Kington.
This is a challenging walk with several steep climbs but with the reward of spectacular views of the area.

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

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

Pubs/Cafes

In Ludlow at one end of the walk there's The Wheatsheaf Inn to consider. The historic inn dates from the 17th century and sits in a fine location adjacent to the 13th century Broadgate. There's a charming olde worlde interior with 2 cosy fireplaces and original 17th-century stone and timber accents. They do great home cooked food and have a fine selection of ales too. You can find them at Lower Broad St, with a postcode of SY8 1PQ for your sat navs. The pub is also dog friendly if you have your canine friend with you.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Just to the south of Shobdon Hill Wood you'll pass the pretty village of Shobdon which is worth a small detour from the route. The picturesque village includes the grounds of the 18th century Shobdon Court with a number of pretty pools to see. There's also the historic Bateman Arms pub which dates from 1750.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Herefordshire Walks and the Shropshire Walks pages.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby

Photos

Mortimer Trail - geograph.org.uk - 62291

On the trail near Aymestrey. The Lugg runs in a gorge here between two steep hills

Mortimer Trail - geograph.org.uk - 70679

Just below Waply Hill Wood and above Stansbatch - looking south

Descending the Mortimer Trail - geograph.org.uk - 1369518

Descending the Mortimer Trail near High Vinnals. In the background you can see Titterstone Clee Hill

Mortimer Trail at Byton - geograph.org.uk - 846820

Trail view at Byton. The trail uses the steep road past Byton church, then makes off across fields via this farm's land, climbing all the way.

Leaving Shobdon Hill Wood on the Mortimer Trail - geograph.org.uk - 219757

Leaving Shobdon Hill Wood on the trail

Field below Wapley Hill on the Mortimer Trail - geograph.org.uk - 70680

Field below Wapley Hill on the trail. Good view over North Herefordshire from here

Croft Ambrey hillside - geograph.org.uk - 1179733

Croft Ambrey hillside. North-east view over the hills south of Ludlow. The north side of the hill fort is very steep and leads down to the small valley around Leinthall Earls, the village on the left. Just beyond is the large active quarry, which produces building and road stone from the Silurian Limestone hillside.

The weir on the River Lugg near Aymestrey - geograph.org.uk - 219775

The weir on the River Lugg near Aymestrey

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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