The Mortimer Trail Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Ludlow and overnight.

Day 2

LUDLOW to AYMESTRY (14 miles) (23 km)

The Mortimer Trail starts at the entrance to Ludlow Castle and heads out of town and into the Mortimer Forest. From High Vinalls, the highest point on the entire route at 1,222 feet (372 metres), the views over several counties are superb.  From Orleton Common the route rises to over 984 feet as you reach the iron age hill fort of Croft Ambrey and descend gradually to the valley of the River Lugg at Aymestry, passing Croft Castle, dating from the 14th century and managed by the National Trust.

Day 3

AYMESTRY to KINGTON (16 miles) (26 km)

The route follows the river valley through woodland and the quiet seclusion of territory where otters can be sighted, as well as kingfishers and common sandpipers. From the top of the hill the outline of the Malvern Hills can be seen to the south east, and the view opens out over the Lugg valley as you descend to Byton Common.  After splendid views across the county from Wapley hill fort at 1059 feet, a gentle descent leads through Stansbatch to Titley and after crossing Offa’s Dyke with a view of the full length of the Black Mountains you have a fairly level trail to Kington.

Day 4

Depart from Kington after breakfast

Alternatively you can take 3 shorter walking days to complete and overnight for 4 nights.  Please state your preference when contacting Black Pear Walking Tours.

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