Mortimer Trail

A long distance walk of 30 miles Herefordshire and Shropshire which explores locations associated with the Robert Mortimer, 13th century Marcher Lord of the region and his family successors. Maps, statistics and gpx route file for the walk are included.

Google Maps Open Source Maps

Statistics and Files
Start: Ludlow
Distance: 30 miles (48 km)
Grid Ref: SO510746
Climbing: 1,606 metres
Walk time: 12-15 hours
Days: 1-3

Ordnance Survey Explorer Map (1:25,000)

Summary: The Mortimer Trail is named after the Mortimer family of ruling Marcher Lords, often titled Earl of March, whose rise through successive generations from Norman times through the medieval period helped to shape the history and geography of this area of the Welsh Marches. The route runs between Ludlow, Shropshire the old seat of the Council of the Marches, beginning at the site of Ludlow Castle, a seat of Mortimer power, and Kington, Herefordshire, in the quiet west of the county near the Welsh border. The Mortimer Trail crosses the River Teme, enters the Mortimer Forest upland forest ridge area, passes Croft Castle, the Iron Age hill fort Croft Ambrey close to Wigmore and the initial seat of Mortimer power, passes through quiet Aymestrey. Near Aymestrey it passes through Puckhouse Wood which was reputed to be haunted by Pucks - or wood sprites. According to lore, a traveller lost in the wood at night paid a stipend for a bell to be tolled to rescue travellers from the Puck's clutches. The path crosses the River Lugg and the River Arrow and ends in Kington. (Source: Wikipedia)

Useful Links:
Mortimer Trail Official Route Guide
Mortimer Trail Walker's Guide
Explore Mortimer Country
Royal Forest of Dean
Long Distance Walkers Association

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