Explore Mortimer Forest
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.1/5)

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?

5 Stars 5 Stars

I am a mountain biker who regularly uses Mortimer Forest. I can let you and your last reviewer know that mountain bikers do not go out of their way to 'axe' tree routes, or destroy the environment. The whole reason most mountain bikers ride in places like Mortimer are because they are beautiful places with great wildlife. I am also a member of the RSPB and Wildfowl trust and the British Trust for Ornithology.In my 25 years of weekly mountain biking I have NEVER encountered or heard of anyone destroying the environment we ride in on purpose, if I did I would be very upset and take action.

Tree routes become exposed through natural erosion and weathering, with can be accelerated by cyclists and WALKERS!

To the last reviewer - Instead of writing a completely biased view of your experience, consider the facts. Maybe Mortimer Forest should adopt the same approch as Hopton and create a dedicated mountain bike trail. But whatever, please remember that the forest is for everyone, not just bike haters. We should work together to find a situation which satisfies all the forest users.

Mountain Biker, 1/May/2015
3 Stars 3 Stars

I would give it a 5 - but its being severely spoiled - my concern is the mountain bikers, i have been going there for just over a year and in that time they have dug holes in paths to make jumps, cut trees down to make tracks, some paths that used to be a nice walk are now strewn with massive hollows and horrible to walk on, and tree roots that become exposed after being biked over repeatedly are hacked away with axes by the mountain bikers. Just a few days ago i came across a young green fir about 20ft tall that had been cut down because it was in the way - the bikers need controlling before it's too late - its a real shame.

John, 24/Apr/2015
5 Stars 5 Stars

Absolutely stunning. Took my two dogs for a 3 mile walk and found the walk excellent for views and tranquility. Only moved here in february from Cheshire and Mortimer forest is now my top place to go and I am going to try all the different trails over the next few months. Thank you for keeping such a beautiful place up and running it does wonders for the mind and the body.

Linda Holding, 24/Apr/2015
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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
0300 0676977

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