Walking in and Around Ludlow

Ludlow is situated on the edge of the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is an ideal base for walking and walkers wishing to explore the hills, valleys and forests of The Marches. Ludlow also offers gentler walking opportunities into the surrounding countryside, and Whitcliffe Common, with its panoramic views, overlooks the castle and town - is an essential visit for any newcomer to Ludlow.

There are numerous walking guidebooks and pamphlets available in the Ludlow Visitor Information Centre and local bookshops. Accommodation for walkers and hikers can be found on our 'Where to Stay' section. Below is just a flavour of what Ludlow and its surroundings have to offer:

View of Ludlow from Whitcliffe

Ludlow Millennium Green

The View from Burway Lane

Caynham Camp © Copyright DI Wyman and licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence.
Map of Caynham Camp

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Walking in Mortimer Forest

Mortimer Forest Car Parks

Climbing Jack Trail
Climbing Jack Trail

Whitcliffe Car Park

Black Pool Car Park

Croft Castle

The Mortimer Trail:
This 30 mile (48Km) route begins in Ludlow and travels along a series of ridges south-east to the border town of Kington. The walk takes you through forests and woods, along leafy river banks and past celtic hill forts and medieval castles. A relatively recent trail, it was established in 1996, and its guidebook provides details of overnight accommodation, bus links and refreshment stops.

From Ludlow the trail crosses the River Teme, enters Mortimer Forest, passes Croft Castle, the Iron Age hill fort Croft Ambrey close to Wigmore and then passes through Aymestrey. Near Aymestrey it passes through Puckhouse Wood which was reputed to be haunted by Pucks - or wood sprites. The path crosses the River Lugg and the River Arrow and ends in Kington.

Five loop walks depart from and return to the main waymarked trail at various points along the route, enabling investigation of surrounding attractions, villages and features. The Mortimer Trail Official Route Guide details these.

The Shropshire Way:
The Shropshire Way covers over 297 miles of Shropshire’s countryside; this long-distance path meanders and winds its way across the whole county, encompassing most of Shropshire's points of interest along the way. The Shropshire Way passes through Ludlow, and you can leave the town by either taking the route north to Bromfield, or east across to Titterstone Clee Hill.

The Shropshire Way is a collection of 27 shorter routes. The routes can be joined together to make long circular or extended linear routes with a number of link routes and short spurs. A new Main Route of the Shropshire Way is being developed in 2017. This will provide a Long Distance Path covering the whole of the county with northern and southern sections

Offa's Dyke:
This Anglo-Saxon earthwork runs north-south along the English -Welsh border and passes through the town of Knighton, at which there is an Offa's Dyke Visitor Centre which explains the dyke's past and present. Although some miles from Ludlow, one of the most spectacular stretches of the Dyke is within reach of the town. Between Knighton and Newcastle on Clun, the Dyke rises over Llanfair and Panpunton hills, offering breath-taking views across mid-Wales and south Shropshire. Much of the original dyke remains intact over this section, giving walkers a feel of how it might have looked at the time of King Offa. A convenient way to cover this stretch of the Dyke is to take the bus from Ludlow to Clun, head west onto the Dyke and then south to Knighton, from where a bus will bring you back to Ludlow through the lush landscape of the Teme valley.

Cardingmill Valley

Here are just a few of the other excellent walking opportunities near to Ludlow:

Church Stretton is the starting point for a number of hill walks. The Long Mynd is a vast, sprawling hill covered with heather and bracken with superb views from the summit. The ascent from either Ashes Hollow (at Little Stretton) or Cardingmill valley (a National Trust base near the town centre) is well worth the climb. Caer Caradoc, on the eastern side of Church Stretton, has an iron age hill fort on top, from where you can look out across the north Shropshire plain. Church Stretton is easily reached by train from Ludlow.

The Clee Hills:
Brown Clee has various points of access and a good selection of paths through woodland and open grassland. There is a Forest Trail one mile north-west of Cleobury North with a well marked route and access to the summit.
Titterstone Clee has large expanses of open hillside. Public footpaths and tracks permit varied walks on the common with fantastic views and much special interest, botanical, geological and industrial.

Bury Ditches is an impressive Iron Age hill fort above the Clun Valley, again with amazing views across unspoilt countryside. Walk up from either Clunton or Clun (both on the B4368).