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Walking Around Ludlow

The ancient market town of Ludlow, dominated by the sandstone tower of the parish church of St. Lawrence and the dramatic castle ruins, is one of the gems of Shropshire. Set on the river Teme where it is joined by the river Corve, the town has developed around the castle, strtegically sited and built in 1085 by the Earl of Shrewsbury to defend Norman lands from the troublesome Celts. The view of the castle ramparts seen from the western Marches side of the Teme is incredibly romantic and well worth the walk from the town; catch it in a morning mist and it is utterly magical.

From Ludford bridge walk up splendid Broad Street with it's fine Georgian facades interspersed with black and white box framed buildings and you will be duly impressed. Visit the Feathers Hotel in the Bull ring, one of the best examples of 17th. century half timbered buildings in England to confirm your impression. Ludlow has a captivating mellow charm and, as it is also a great base for walking, you should not need too much pursuading to stay. The food is good too; for all it's history and rural charm Ludlow is a thriving community that has applied it's strengths intelligently to the needs of a tourist economy. The town is now renowned as a gastronomic centre of excellence with several restaurants boasting Michellin stars, although a meal for two will cost you the price of a good pair of walking boots.

To the north east of Ludlow are the Clee Hills; Titterstone Clee the closest and Brown Clee directly north of it. To the west of the Clee Hills lies the distinctive long profile of Wenlock Edge and between them the attractive Corve Dale. All of these areas offer excellent walks.

If you wish to walk from Ludlow plan a route to the Mary Knoll Valley. This walk to the south west of Ludlow offers superb views of the town and castle on the return route. Leave the town by Ludford bridge and, after following the Leominster road for a short distance head off right to walk up the Mary Knoll Valley. The valley and surrounding woodland is part of Mortimer Forest, home to fallow deer. Return along the Bringewood Chase ridge, in parts following the Elton road to Ludlow. The high ground gives splendid views of the castle and town.

OS Maps: Explorer™ 203

A Walk from Ludlow [SO 510746]
This is a walk through high pasture and woodland above the River Teme. Leave Ludlow via the Dinham bridge and follow the Marches Way path north west to Priors Halton. Then head south on a path leading into Mortimer Forest. On reaching a lane turn left and follow the lane to Whitecliffe Common and the famous cliff face embedde with 400 million year old fossils. Follow a path known as the Breadwalk along the south bank of the Teme and cross the river back into Ludlow across the Ludford bridge.
Best Pub for this walk
Church Inn, Church Street Tel: 01584 872174 (Good Pub Guide)
Excellent bar food and restaurant
This walk is fully described in the guidebook '50 Waks in Shropshire' by Julie Royle



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