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Ludlow Festival

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Dates: 18/06/2017 - 03/07/2017

2017 Walking Festival in Mortimer Country, North Herefordshire

North Herefordshire's Mortimer Country, is superb walking country.  There are routes suitable for all levels of walking, from leisurely strolls to the pub or around a picturesque village.  Well marked trails around local forests and country estates , to countryside rambles.  Mortimer country  is  also home to several  nationally recognized long distance Walking Trails.  To celebrate this, we have put together a Calendar of walking events throughout the year. Come and join in one of these events - and stay in one of our local outstanding bed & breakfasts, hotels or inns and self catering holiday cottages to make a real weekend of it.  Click on the Book now links to book your place on these events.

Walking with Mortimer - Calendar of walking events  - 2017 dates will be updated as they become available

All Year

April

May 

1 May 2017 - Burrington Ramble 12am - 4pm

Specially opened walks across private land, along the hidden river bank fo the River Teme, round the secluded Burrington Pool with its new boathouse and to The Bringewood for its incredible views.  there will be routes for all abilities.  dogs on leads welcome. Price £7 per adult, £2.50 per child, includes map and refreshments (soup or tea and cake) at The Bringewood or at the Burrington church fete.  Raising money for St Georges burrington.  Details : Start St Georges, Burrington SY8 2HT, Annie Ewing 01568 771983.

6 May 2017 - Mortimers Cross Battlefield Walk  9.30-5.30

This all-day event is impressively narrated by experienced battlefield walk leaders and will include pre-walk coffee, a simple but delicious lunch and post walk tea and cake. These refreshments are a highlight, with excellent reviews. The morning walk (3.5 miles approx.) will take in the two most likely battle sites, plus two post lunch events in Kingsland and an afternoon return walk (2 miles approx). The walk is conducted at a modest pace to accommodate varying levels of fitness. It has been oversubscribed each year so book early. It is a truly fun and sociable day out which runs from 9.30-5.30. Details and booking forms for this walk will be sent to you on request, please contact Martin Hackett 

Famous for the sighting of Three Suns in the sky (a “parhelion”) this local Wars of the Roses battle in February 1461 changed history for ever. Every British monarch since Henry VIII is directly related to both the rival leaders: Edward Earl of March, (the victor who became King Edward IV), and Owen Tudor, (who was defeated, captured & executed, but founded the Royal House of Tudor). Why, how and where did this major historical event take place?  for full details of the Walk  

7 May 2017 Walk in the Park Brampton Bryan - from 3pm

There will be two guided walks around the private areas of Brampton Bryan Park.  The longer walk lasts about two hours. The shorter walk will be more suited to those with young people. In either case stout shoes are recommended.  After the walks there will be afternoon tea in Brampton Bryan Parish Hall.  St Barnabas Church is worth a visit, being one of About six built during the English Commonwealth following the civil war.

Costs £7.50 for Adults. Children under 15 £4. Little ones free.  Family of 4 £20.  This includes the cost of the afternoon tea  Proceeds in aid of St Barnabas Church Brampton Bryan  Access to the park by kind permission of Mr & Mrs E Harley.   Contact for further details. Mrs S Harley 01547 530 241  Dogs on leads at all times 

13 -17 May 2017 - Bishops Castle Walking Festival

A selection of guided walks, in this popular walking festival.  Covering the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, close to Mortimer Country.  For details of the walks visit Bishops Castle Walking Festival website

14 May 2017 - Downton Gorge In the footsteps of Richard Payne Knight  - part of Bishops Castle Walking Festival - 9.30am Book now

Car-sharing is recommended from Bishop’s Castle as parking at the Gorge is very restricted. The walk starts from the Forge bridge at 10.00 (grid ref: SO 454750, Sheet 203, Ludlow). This is south of the A4113, Bromfield to Leintwardine road.

Richard Payne Knight was part of the Picturesque Movement in the 18th century and developed the walks to entertain the guests to his private estate.  The estate is still private with no public access. Downton Gorge is a nature reserve and SSSI.  Although this is not a long walk, it is a strenuous one with steep climbs and descents on narrow paths.  Agility and a head for heights are needed, and walking poles are  recommended.  Please bring drinks and packed lunch.  Distance 3.5 miles.  Meet Forge Bridge Downton (or Bishps Castles as above) Organiser Simon Cooter Cost £7.  

17 May  2017- Downton Gorge In the footsteps of Richard Payne Knight  - part of Bishops Castle Walking Festival - 9.30am Book now

Car-sharing is recommended from Bishop’s Castle as parking at the Gorge is very restricted. The walk starts from the Forge bridge at 10.00 (grid ref: SO 454750, Sheet 203, Ludlow). This is south of the A4113, Bromfield to Leintwardine road.

Richard Payne Knight was part of the Picturesque Movement in the 18th century and developed the walks to entertain the guests to his private estate.  The estate is still private with no public access. Downton Gorge is a nature reserve and SSSI.  Although this is not a long walk, it is a strenuous one with steep climbs and descents on narrow paths.  Agility and a head for heights are needed, and walking poles are  recommended.  Please bring drinks and packed lunch.  Distance 3.5 miles.  Meet Forge Bridge Downton (or Bishops Castle as above) Organiser Simon Cooter Cost £7.  

June

 17 - 25 June 2017  - Herefordshire Walking Festival

A selection of guided walks, in this popular walking festival.  Covering North Herefordshire and Mortimer Country.   For full details & book Herefordshire Walking Festival website

 17 June  2017  River, Relics & War Stories - part of Hereford Walking Festival   8.45am to 3.00pm Book Now

Join us as we commemorate the 555th anniversary of the Battle of Mortimers Cross, during the War of the Roses.  We will explore the possible site of this important battle between the houses of York and Lancaster.
Distance 6 miles   Meet Leominster     Organiser Walkherefordshire.com    Cost Adult £5.00 Child FREE 

23 June  2017  Four Northern Churches - part of Hereford Walking Festival  10.00am to 2.00pm Book Now


This leisurely paced walk includes 4 of the 9 churches in the Wigmore Abbey benefice:  Leinthall Starkes, Elton, Pipe Aston & Burrington, with time at each church to learn the history and examine the architecture.  About half the walk is on relatively quiet roads with the balance on registered footpaths.  Light refreshments to end with.
Distance 6 ½ miles    Meet Leinthall Starkes   Organiser Alan Dowdy                      Cost Adult £9.00 Child £4.00, including refreshments

July 

August

 Forest Walk from Adforton. 6.30 pm

Forest Walk from Adforton, led by John Voysey. In aid of Red Cross, refereshments afterwards. Meet Adforton Church car park 6.30pm. The walk will be followed by soup & fruit pie. Adults £5, children no charge. dogs under control welcomed. Stout footware

13 August 2017 Magnalonga - food & Drink walk 8 miles  Book now

The Magnalonga is a food and drink walk of about eight miles, part of Ludlow Food Festival. It starts and finishes in Ludlow: a journey where you combine a walk through unspoilt countryside with some of the best food and drink from the Marches.  The walk (it's leisurely and fun, not a race!) takes you up and down footpaths, tracks and quiet lanes through unspoilt countryside with fine views all around. This year, we'll be exploring country footpaths and quiet lanes between Ludlow and the countryside surrounding the town. There may well be stiles, steep hills and rough tracks to navigate!  During your journey, you make several stops for refreshment, at each of which you will partake of a course of a meal based mostly on the local produce of the area. At each stop your food will be washed down with local real ale, or traditional local perry or cider, or other drink with a local connection. You will also be given some bottled water.

The Ludlow Magnalonga, is based on a similar and very successful event organised by our wine-making friends in Ludlow's twin town

September

 21-14 September 2017- Kington Walking Festival

October 

15 October 2017 - Chapel Lawn's Caer Caradoc hillfort

guided walk - more details tba contact 01547 530347

Tales of the supernatural kind. Evening ghost walk Croft Castle details tba Book Now

Are you brave enough to join our adults-only evening ghost walk around the castle?  Hear tales of the spooky happenings at Croft and see if you can sense anything unusual. After your ghost walk, enjoy a two-course light supper in the tea-room. £28 per person, including supper.

 Please be aware that there are two talks available, one starting at 6pm and the other at 7pm.

November

 


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