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Mortimer Trail: The Mortimer Trail extends from Ludlow in Shropshire to Kington in Herefordshire, a total of 30 miles.This walk takes you through the Marches of England, and includes magnificent forests, hills and ridges and also across the valleys of the rivers Lugg, Arrow and Teme. Stunning countryside in the very heart of Herefordshire and Shropshire.

There are five shorter loop walks off the Mortimers Trail and these are the Lingen Loop 5.5 miles, Shobdon Loop Walk 5.5 miles, Titley Loop 3 miles, Wigmore Loop 10 miles and the Yarpole Loop 5 miles. These loop walks include coppiced woodland, gentle countryside with some parts being quite challenging. On the Wigmore loop the circuit includes a medieval iron fort.

The Trail was established by Herefordshire Council and opened in 2002.With plenty of local accommodation whether it be a farmhouse or Inn, and local eating establishments on route, this is a very popular Trail. Shobdon in Autumn is really beautiful.

Herefordshire Trail: The Herefordshire Trail is a circular tour of the County of Herefordshire some 150 miles long. It links the five market towns of Ledbury, Ross-on-Wye, Bromyard, Leominster and Kington. These are some of the most pictuesque villages in the County. The scenery on the Trail varies from stunning countryside, including orchards and pasturelands to rivers and valleys. The views stretch from the Malvern Hills in the East to the Black Mountains in the West.

Each village on route has its own quaintessential charm to offer the traveller.



The Shropshire Way: is 165 miles long and takes the walker from Shrewsbury to Ludlow via Wem and the Long Mynd.This is a tour of Shropshire taking in stunning views and countryside with gentle easy walking parts and more rugged challenging climbs.The route between Shrewsbury and Ludlow will take you through the market towns of Bishops Castle, Clun, Craven Arms and across the Shropshire hills.

All of these towns provide the visitor with a wealth of facilities and each has its own unique character. All should be explored on route and they all offer an abundance of accommodation and dining facilities to the traveller.

The route continues on passing through the world heritage center at Ironbridge ant then onto the Wrekin and Wem.

There are several shorter routes off this way including Wild Edrics Way, which will take you between Church Stretton and Ludlow.

Offas Dyke: The Famous Offas Dyke Walk takes you from Chepstow to Prestatyn covering 177 miles of the most breath taking countryside along the English/Welsh borders. So called as part of the route passes along the 8th Century Offas dyke.

The trail starts at the Severn Estuary and finishes at the Irish sea taking in Knighton, Welshpool and Llangollen on the way.

The route can be challenging in parts, some is remote and much of it is over farmland with plenty of stiles to climb.The long climb up from Kington is challenging but the views from the top are worth it. You cross the golf club which is the highest in England.

There are plenty of places to stay on the way and a visit to the Offas Dyke Center in Knighton is a must. It is a popular trail which has been walked by many either in part or over a few days.

The Malvern Trail. A chance to enjoy the natural and cultural delights of the countryside and towns on and around the Malvern Hills, easily accessible in the Heart of England (and also in reach of Welsh border country).The Malvern Hills is a ridge running roughly north/south, to the west of Great Malvern. This makes it quite easy to work out roughly where you are, most of the time.Malvern developed massively in the Victorian era around 'taking the waters'. A key date is 1842, when Drs James Wilson and Gully set up their water cure establishments in Belle Vue, at the centre of town. Two famous Victorian era Charles' came to Malvern for the water - both Dickens and Darwin, with their respective wives.Information on all walks and attractions cab found at www.malverntrail.co.uk

Titley Pool Nature Reserve. This is one of many naturally formed lakes at the end of the Ice Age situated between Kington and Shobdon. The pool is one of the largest areas of natural waters in Herefordshire.It attracts many varieties of wildlife on the lakes and in the forests surrounding it. It can be difficult to find map reference SO 325595. It is always open to the public and has a viewing hide that can be used.

Kinsham Gorge, Herefordshire. The course of the River Lugg was diverted at the end of the last Ice Age when glacial moraine blocked it's course south of Shobdon Hill. A large lake formed between Byton and Presteigne. Eventually, the river burst through, creating the beautiful Kinsham Gorge. A bridleway runs from the village along the gorge to Deerfold. Nice for paddling in the summer!

Wapley Hill Fort. Situated between the villages of Shobdon and Coombe lies this ancient Iron Age Hill Fort. A lovely walk with breathtaking views at the top, with plenty to explore amongst the forests and clearings.A favourite for cyclists and horse riders and is part of the Herefordshire Trail.


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