Mortimer Forest

Outdoor Activities


Mortimer Forest

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Although originally made up of ancient royal chases and deer parks, the forest we see today was largely planted by the Forestry Commission in the 1920s.

The forest takes its name from the Mortimer Family, Norman Lords who were in 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 forest is rich in wildlife. Spectacular birds of prey and small birds such as nuthatches and warblers are often seen. Open spaces within the forest provide warm spots for butterflies, the Wood White being an important species and open places for reptiles to bask in the sun.

Keep an eye out for the unique longhaired fallow deer which lives in the forest. The wildlife which you can’t see is just as important. Dead wood provides homes for insects and fungi that feed the forest by breaking down nutrients.

Activities for all ages include:

  • Walking trails
    • 5 great circular trails
  • Nordic walking
    • A full-body exercise that’s easy on the joints and suitable for all ages and fitness levels
  • Parkrun
    • Free, weekly, 5km timed runs. They are open to everyone, free, and are safe and easy to take part in.
  • Picnics
    • Enjoy a tasty treat in the forest at one of the beautiful picnic areas, just bring along good food and company



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Ludlow SY8 Wigmore Road, Ludlow, Shropshire, SY8 2HD, UK
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