Circular Walks In Shropshire, Ludlow Walks, Heart Of England Hikes UK
Circular Walks In Shropshire, Ludlow Walks, Heart Of England Hikes Uk was about 9 miles in distance.
Starting from Ludlow town we crossed the River Teme and the hiking remained above the river, passing through Oakly Park and on to Bromfield and St. Mary The Virgin Church.
Next we crossed farmland, through Lady Halton hamlet and past Poles Farm.
We then headed for and climbed up to the wooded ridge of Bringewood Chase which lies within Mortimer Forest and is managed by the Forestry Commission.
Walking gently downhill through woodland we arrived at the viewpoint at Whitcliffe Common.
Here we had a fabulous view across Ludlow with the Clee Hills beyond.
We then returned back across the River Teme to Ludlow.
For a more detailed description of Ludlow Walks Local Information go here.
Ludlow Walks Route Video
This video slideshow shows the highlights of this Ludlow Walks, Shropshire trip.
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Ludlow Walks Route Description
Circular Walks In Shropshire, Ludlow Walks, Heart Of England Hikes Uk was a very pleasant hike. The landscape was fairly level and quite easy to hike over except for one hill. There was a short steep climb up the hillside to Bringewood Chase. The hiking terrain included crop fields, long tarmac driveways, farm tracks, woodland paths and a short quiet country road section. Most of the hike was on firm flat surfaces with the occasional muddy section. There were a couple of rocky sections underfoot which need to be walked with care, especially if wet.
The route was circular in an anti-clockwise direction with six legs. The first leg started from Castle Square by the castle entrance in Ludlow and headed west over Dinham Bridge and the River Teme.
The second leg headed northwest across fields via Priors Halton. We then joined a lovely, long tree-lined tarmac driveway which took us through Oakly Park which used to be the chase belonging to Ludlow Castle. Following this drive for about a mile we crossed a bridge over the River Teme into Bromfield. Here we took time to view St Mary The Virgin Church. We decided to take an early lunch on a bench in the church ground as there were no likely places to do so later on.
After lunch the third leg involved retracing our steps along the tarmac drive for about 0.75 miles before turning southwest. We hiked along another tarmac drive to the attractive hamlet of Lady Halton and joined a rough farm track to just beyond Poles Farm.
Leg four zigzagged southeast to Bringewood Chase. First we headed south gently uphill along the farm track before turning east at a T-junction along a tarmac track with superb views to our left across the Teme and Onny valleys towards Wenlock Edge. After just over a mile we headed south again, ascending a steep hill in a straight line to the woodlands of Bringewood Chase.
The fifth leg headed east then northeast, descending gently through trees along a path for about 1.5 miles. One section of the path was sunken and rocky whilst another section was narrow, uneven and muddy. The last part of this leg was a short section along a quiet country road to Whitcliffe Common viewpoint. We stopped here for a while to enjoy the fabulous view across Ludlow, with the Clee Hills beyond.
On the sixth and last leg we headed north east, downhill towards Dinham Bridge, crossing the bridge back uphill to Ludlow.
When Done & With Whom
I did this hike with my partner Anne whilst on a Heart Of England hiking holiday during June 2011. We drove from our holiday accommodation in Bewdley to the starting location of Ludlow and parked in one of the town pay and display car parks before walking to the start at Ludlow Castle entrance.