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

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


Vinnalls would suit families with its natural play spaces and buggy friendly easy access trail.


Roses Tea Room pops up on Saturdays and Sundays under the trees beside Vinnalls car park.  They serve a range of sweet and savoury snacks including delicious cream teas.

Archaeological features

Black Pool is close to some of the forest's archaeological features and has a deboxing area for horses (key required).


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.


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What do other visitors say?

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Really impressed with the Forest. It is beautifully quiet and the views spectacular. However, it is spoilt by the selfish dog walkers who can't be bothered to pick up the faeces left by their 4 legged friends. Near to the car park there was a fresh pile of poo every ten steps. The Forestry Commission has erected posters advising people to 'stick and flick' the poo. This is attempted by the odd dog owner with varying degrees of success but it is seen as an invitation to leave it where it lies by others. It is disgusting and I do wonder what goes through these people's minds. Dog walkers everywhere should pick up their poos particularly in view of the Neospora disease it causes as well as others identified here FC - please change your signs so that all users have to pick up the doggy poo!

Wndtor walkers, 12/Aug/2014

Thank you for your comments; that some visitors choose to treat our sites in this way is a huge disappointment to us. We don't currently have bins at Vinnalls as we have found from managing similar sites that bins do not solve the problem. Visitors who don't pick up continue not to do so regardless of the presence of bins. We are looking at alternative measures for sites with this problem and hope to implement some in the coming months.

Forestry Commission Response

Hello - I came for the first time to Mortimer Forest on the day of 'the storm'. The wind wouldn't allow me to follow my planned route, (or get out my map!) but I was impressed with how the planting (Ludlow end) was spacious enough to allow the larch to bend. My pockets filled with hail but I thought that I would find out from your wesbite at a later date about the tree planting. However, I can only really find web pages about the carparks! I'll be back another time anyway, but it would be nice.

Julie, 21/Feb/2014

please can you tell me about the 5 trails in the forest. thankyou

karen day, 15/Dec/2013

The links to the car park on the left of the page will lead you to the trail descriptions. Three trails start at Vinnalls car park and one from each of Whitcliffe and Black Pool car parks.

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What's Here?

  • Cafe
  • Roses Tea Room pops up at Vinnalls Car park on summer weekends 10am - 4pm.
  • Cycling
  • Cycling is permitted on forest roads.
  • Easy Access
  • There are accessible picnic tables at Black Pool car park and an accessible trail from Vinnalls Car Park.
  • Horse riding
  • Riding is permitted on forest roads. Riders wishing to box to the forest will need to purchase a barrier key which will allow them into Black Pool car park and the de-boxing area.
  • Information
  • The Marches booklet is available with maps and information for Forestry Commission woodlands in the area. It is available from some local outlets or send a cheque for 1.50 to the Forestry Commission, Bank House, Bank Street, Coleford, GL16 8BA and we will send one to you. Please remember to include your address.
  • Orienteering
  • There is a permanent course at Vinnals which has been devised by Wrekin Orienteers. Courses are suitable for beginners and maps can be bought from Ludlow Tourist information Centre for approximately 1.50.
  • Parking
  • There are height restriction barriers on all our car parks in Mortimer forest.
  • Picnic
  • All our car parks have picnic tables.
  • Play area
  • We are creating natural play spaces close to Vinnalls car park.
  • Trail (easy)
  • The Easy Access trail starts from Vinnalls car park and is suitable for buggies and mobility scooters.
  • Walking
  • There are five walking trails in this Forest.
  • Trail (hard)
  • Climbing Jack trail starts at Vinnalls car park and takes the seasoned walker on a nine mile walk through most of the different areas of the Forest.
  • Trail (moderate)
  • Follow the respective waymarked trails from Vinnalls, Black Pool or Whitcliffe car parks for a moderate walk.
  • Viewpoint
  • The walk up to High Vinnalls is a must on a clear day.
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: SO480730
Postcode: SY8 2HD

Get directions


Nicola Cowell
Recreation Ranger
01584 813826

Opening & Parking

There are height restriction barriers on all our car parks in Mortimer forest.

Related documents

Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification certifiedForest Stewardship Council certified