Ludlow is surrounded by the gorgeous countryside of the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Mortimer Forest, Mortimer Country and North Herefordshire. There are varied walks in all directions - along riversides, through forests, farmland and to ancient heritage sites such as hill forts and to the top of some impressive hills such as Titterstone Clee Hill which dominates the Ludlow skyline.
Ludlow is a Walkers Are Welcome town - look out for the logo at local businesses.
There are short walks around the historic town centre, Castle Walls and riverside.
Walk a little further up to Whitcliffe Common for panoramic views of the town and up the start of the Mortimer Trail to reach Mortimer Forest for spring anemones, bluebells and sightings of deer and buzzards.
More energetic walkers can enjoy longer walks out into the countryside from the centre of town or take a bus out of town and walk back (see below).
The Mortimer Trail runs from Ludlow through 30 miles of gorgeous borderland countryside to Kington on the Welsh border. The Shropshire Way passes through Ludlow and joins up all the great areas of walking country across Shropshire.
Ludlow Country Walks
A set of nine circular walks from Ludlow Town Centre - varying in length from half a mile to eight miles. Available as a set or individually (at 50p each) from Ludlow Visitor Information Centre or local book shops. Or you can download your choice of walk:
- Priors Halton - 3 miles - an easy to moderate walk with great views of the Castle on the way back.
- Priors Halton and Hill Halton - 5 or 6 miles - relatively easy walking with varied scenery, some stiles.
- Round the Castle Walls - half a mile - easy stroll around the foot of the Castle walls.
- Ludlow Racecourse - 5-6 miles - a moderate walk alongside the River Corve to the race course, Bromfield and back.
- Priors Halton and Bromfield - 5-6 miles - moderate walk crossing the three rivers of South Shropshire, some stiles.
- Riverside Ramble - 1.5 miles - an easy walk around the Castle and along the River Teme, some steps and inclines.
- Mortimer Forest (1) - 3-4 miles - a steady climb up forest tracks into the forest and back to Ludlow
- Caynham Camp - 8 miles (or 5 miles from the Eco Park) - a good ramble across fields to the Iron Age Hill Fort and back.
- Mortimer Forest (2) - 5 miles - a moderate walk across farmland scenic sections of the Forest and back down into Ludlow.
All walks can start from the town centre, some have options for shorter or longer routes.
Walks from public transport
Rather than planning a circular route, take the bus or train from town and stride out along a linear route back. Options include:
- Bromfield (Ludlow Food Centre and The Clive) back to Ludlow - 3miles
- Angel Bank on Clee Hill back to Ludlow - 5 miles
- Craven Arms (Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre, Land of Lost Content, Stokesay Castle and shops, pubs) back to Ludlow - 10 miles
Given Ludlow's reputation for fine food why not plan a route which takes in a country pub or café en route. Or plan a meal back in Ludlow after your energetic walk. You could also put together a delicious picnic from Ludlow's traditional and specialist food shops to take on your walk.
There are also organised foodie walks every year. The Ludlow Food Walk in June is run by Slow Food Ludlow and the Magnalonga in August is organised by Ludlow Food Festival. Both include several stops for delicious nibbles en route. If you miss them perhaps you could make up your own gourmet food walk.