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2018 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  - 2018 dates will be updated as they become available

All Year


 10, 24 and 25 March 2018 Heron Walk at Berrington Hall


28 April 2018 - 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  


6 May 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 

16-20  May 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

20 May  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.  


16-24 June - 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

Along the Mortimer Trail – Day 1 Kington to Byton Book Now

Saturday, 16th June 2018, 9.30am to 4.30pm Distance 10.5 miles  From Kington, climb up and over Rushock Hill with good views into Wales. Pass through Titley before ascending Wapley Hill to view the hill fort remains.

Along the Mortimer Trail – Day 2 Byton to Croft Castle  Book Now

Sunday, 17th June 2018, 9.30am to 4.30pm Distance 10 miles  Ascend over Byton Common and walk through Shobdon Hill Woods. Descend into the Lugg Valley and follow the river to Aymestry. A steady climb to Yatton Hill and towards Croft Ambrey then down to Croft Castle with its wonderful avenue of trees.

Along the Mortimer Trail – Day 3 Croft Castle to Ludlow Book now 

Monday, 18th June 2018, 9.30am to 4.30pm Distance 11 miles Climb up to Bircher Common via Fishpool Valley. Skirt around Richards Castle via Hanway Common and High Vinnals with hopefully good views into Wales. Then into Mary Knoll Valley before descending to Dinham Bridge with great views of Ludlow Castle.

Along the Roman road  Saturday, 16th June, 2018. 10.00am to 1.30pm Book now

We leave Leintwardine for the hills with panoramic views in three directions, returning along the River Teme.
We pass lime kilns and other industrial history, walk along a turnpike road then onto the Roman Watling Street west. Part of the route is across private land not usually open for walkers. Light lunch available (pay on the day). Distance 7 miles Meet Leintwardine Map Ref D2Organiser Jonathan Hopkinson Cost Adult £5.00 Child FREE

A Walk in Kingsland Parish Sunday, 17th June, 2018. 10.00am to 1.00pm Book Now

Circular walk of Kingsland parish, with its Mortimer connections, passing the ancient church, motte and bailey and back to a cup of tea.Suitable for 8 years and upwards. Distance 31⁄2 miles Meet Kingsland Map Ref D4Organiser Kingsland Parish Group Cost Adult £5.00 Child FREE



 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

 12 August 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


 Kington Walking Festival -Book now

5 great walks around Mortimer Country, from the organisers of the Kington Walking Festival
Rock around Aymestrey
Mortimer Trail - Ludlow to Lyepole
Mortimer Trail - Lypole to Kington
Medieval Politics in the Marches: Warfare, Conquest and Marriage - round Stapleton Castle
Harley’s Mountain and the Enchanted Stream: A Magical Journey




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