Bury Ditches

Visitor information

Visit one of the best examples of an Iron Age hill fort in England!

Dating from about 500BC, Bury Ditches is home to one of the best-preserved hill forts in the country! Located near the town of Clun in the Shropshire Hills Area of Natural Beauty, Bury Ditches isn't short of stunning views, ancient history and blood-pumping walks. 

The climb up to the hill fort is steep but the views are worth it!

Visitors looking for a level walk can follow the forest road from the car park, past the barrier to a bench and a view.



At a glance

  • Ancient hill fort
  • 2 walking trails 
  • Dogs welcome 

Things to do

Get your blood pumping with a hike on our trails at Bury Ditches. Both trails have steep climbs where you will be rewarded with great views. 


Chieftan's Walk (1.3 miles / 2.1km)

This trail takes you on a short, sharp ascent to the hill fort where you will be rewarded with superb views, finishing with a walk through the woodland back to the car park.

Follow the blue waymarkers.


Druids's Walk (1.8 miles / 2.9km)

This popular loop takes you up a short, steep ascent to the hill fort and its magnificent view, before taking you past the giant redwood tree. 

Follow the red waymarkers.

Nearby forests

Mountain bike rider in red clothes leaning into a turn on a forest cycle trail

Hopton Woods is the home of mountain biking in Shropshire. Come and test yourself out on the warm-up loop before heading into the wood on our harder trails.

All the trails at Hopton are largely unsurfaced, so the way they ride changes according to the weather and the season. Please ride within your ability (and that of your bike) and with appropriate safety gear. 

Kinsley Wood view over Knighton

The trees you see here (mostly Larch and Douglas Fir) were planted in the 1950s when the need for home-grown timber was high after WWII. You can now enjoy the woodland by following the forest road on a circular stroll or having a picnic at the benches overlooking Knighton. Picnic tables can be found at the viewpoint. 

The wood is full of folklore and stories, so pick up a leaflet at the Offa's Dyke Visitor Centre on West Street in Knighton for more information.

Man walking through grassy woods

Come and escape in Mortimer Forest! Straddling the Shropshire and Herefordshire border this thousand hectare forest is a perfect place for some breathing space.

Although originally made up of ancient royal chases and deer parks, the forest we see today was largely planted by the Forestry Commission in the 1920s. It was named after the Mortimer Family, Norman Lords who held power over the region for some 300 years.

Easy pacers walkers

Eastridge Woods is enjoyed by visitors on foot, on horseback or on two wheels. Passing through the forest is the Shropshire Way, a long distance walking route covering over 200 miles of beautiful Shropshire countryside, which can be tackled in smaller sections.

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