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 have a friend who walks every week in the Forest, and I often join her. She is 72 and I'm 68 and we do about 5 or 6 miles at a good pace. My whippet Ed occasionally chases the deer - are they fallow, and often they're black? Tiger (my friends Jack Russell) disappears a good deal but always returns. We love the Forest, and we especially like the lack of signs. We often nip down some unknown path and find ourselves somewhere new, often with something like wild daffodils to discover. There is a bit of dog mess but not that much - try walking in sheep pasture! Please don't manicure the Forest. It is lovely as it is. Being lost is an increasingly rare pleasure and anyway there are always tracks to follow. But if you want to be SAFE then there are plenty of other places to walk!

Diana Pollock, 9/Feb/2015
5 Stars 5 Stars

I absolutely love coming here nearly everyday walking with my dog! I do pick the poop up if its on the side or path way! Because I don't think its right that people don't, it spoils it for others especially if there's little children running around. Just come bk from a 2 hour walk and so much of it by the start . Other than that its a wonderful place. Only moved here last April,think I have run or walked in every kinda wether its fab. so many different walks, the views are breathtaking its a very good thinking place. I highly recommend it. Thank you for taking care of such a spectacular place.

michelle, 27/Jan/2015
2 Stars 2 Stars

Beautiful wood but absolutely spoilt by the dog mess everywhere! I took my 2 year old for a walk with another group of toddlers and luckily for us it was VERY cold so all the dog mess was frozen solid otherwise she would have been caked in it. It is a public place for people to enjoy being in the beautiful outdoors, not a litter tray for dogs. I have honestly never seen so much dog mess in one place and this has stopped me going there again. Completely disgusting. Something needs to be done. And perhaps this was a bad day, but 'every 10 steps' as suggested by previous poster was an understatement.

Mum to a toddler, 20/Jan/2015

I'm sorry you had this experience and I have to agree that it is unacceptable. It is a constant frustration to us that our visitors choose to treat our sites in this way.

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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