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.
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

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.

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

Mortimer Trail.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Share>Save to Files)