Visitor information
Opening hours
How to find us
Parking & prices
Facilities & access
Contact details

Opening hours

Whitcliffe Car Park (next to the office) is Monday to Friday, 8am to 3pm.

Vinnalls Car Park is open from dawn until dusk 7 days a week.

Black Pool Car Park is open from dawn until dusk 7 days a week.

How to find us

How to find us
Wigmore Road, Ludlow
Sat Nav Postcode: SY8 2HD
By Car

From Ludlow take the B4361 towards Leominster. the forest is sign posted from the outskirts of Ludlow.

OS Grid Ref
SO480730

52.3641904, -2.742682

Parking and prices

There are three car parks around the edge of the forest offering you a different experience each time you visit.

There are height restriction barriers at Vinnalls Car Park and Black Pool Car Park.

Parking Charges

There are no parking charges at Mortimer Forest

Additional information

Number of accessible parking spaces: 0

There are no designated accessible parking spaces at this forest, have you seen our Easy Access trails page?

Facilities and access

For more information on planning your visit, take a look at our accessibility information.

Assistant dogs welcome
Dogs allowed
Easy access trail
Picnic area

Contact details

A great place to enjoy some fresh air and explore a variety of walking trails

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Although originally made up of ancient royal chases and deer parks, the forest we see today was largely planted by the Forestry Commission in the 1920s.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.

There are three car parks around the edge of the forest offering you a different experience each time you visit.

The Whitcliffe Loop starting from the Whitcliffe Car Park lets you explore the Lower Evens part of the Forest and views along Mary Knoll Valley.

Vinnalls Car Park is the starting point for the Vinnalls Loop which take you to the top of High Vinnalls. The nine mile Climbing Jack Trail and the surfaced Easy Access Loop.

Black Pool Car Park is the starting point for the Black Pool Loop which takes you through the Haye Park area of the woods.

Nordic Walking is a full-body exercise that's easy on the joints and suitable for all ages and fitness levels. It also has the added benefit of burning 20-40% more calories than normal walking! 

This is a chance to put your technique into practice and meet other Nordic Walkers.

Nordic Walking provides a fantastic way to improve your fitness on our forest trails, maximising the health benefits of getting outdoors.

parkrun organise free, weekly, 5km timed runs around the world. They are open to everyone, free, and are safe and easy to take part in.

These events take place in pleasant forest surroundings and people of every ability are encouraged to take part. From those taking their first steps in running to Olympians; from juniors to those with more experience; everyone is welcome.

Register online with parkrun to find out more about the course and get your barcode.

Looking for a parkrun in a different place?

Find a different parkrun.

Enjoy a tasty treat in the forest at one of our beautiful picnic areas, just bring along good food and company!

To prevent forest fires and reduce waste, please do not bring any barbecues into our forests.

All of our car parks have picnic tables for you to use:

Vinnalls Car Park Black Pool Car Park Whitcliffe Car Park Mortimer Forest Trail Map

 

 

Nearby forests

Bury Ditches summit plaque

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.

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.

walkers enjoying a walk through nature in autumn

Explore Haughmond Hill and follow in the footsteps of history. Follow the trails out to the front of the hill for commanding views across the River Severn and Shrewsbury to the South Shropshire and Welsh hills beyond. Discover the Iron Age enclosure or visit the viewing platform over the quarry; a must for any budding geologists or anyone who likes dumper trucks!

Winding path through the mature woodland

Wyre Forest is the largest woodland National Nature Reserve in the country and can be found to the west of Birmingham.

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