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.
Black Pool is close to some of the forest's archaeological features and has a deboxing area for horses (key required).
What do other visitors say?
Beautiful walk, lots of insect life, wild flowers, gorgeous pine scent, deer and did I really see a red squirrel? No evidence of damage or nuisance from anyone bikes, walkers or riders - regularly do all three. Respect, enjoy. Two hours of bliss :)
5 StarsRyan, 11/Jun/2015
Sadly John's comments below reflect the arrogance of many who settle in our area from outside. If John had been visiting Mortimer Forest for more than a year he would know that the forest has played a pivotal part in the growth of the sport for more than 20 years. As well as those of us who grew up riding our bikes in the forest it has been an important venue for some of the sport's top professionals to develop their skills. He'd also know that the forest is constantly changing - mostly due to the work of Forestry Commission as they harvest and replant timber. I can assure John that mountain bikers never cut down trees. Certainly not 20ft trees. What kind of idiot would fell a 20ft tree without safety equipment? Anyway, if it wasn't for dodging trees riding would be pretty boring! There is, however, something known in these parts as 'wind'. A mysterious force, it often appears suddenly in the winter time and knocks down unsuspecting trees.
Local riders know that we are tolerated, not encouraged. Most bikers I know also care deeply about the environment. I bet I've seen more deer, hawks, snakes, hares, foxes and badgers whilst on my bike than John has seen on his walks. Without a dog in tow and not making a lot of noise we don't disturb the wildlife like you might think. Our presence in the forest (some of us ride there every other day) deters people who would otherwise cause a great deal of harm. I know riders who have disturbed people looking for rare bird eggs in the forest.
I agree with the poster below about Mortimer Forest being a prime location for a trail centre. Local groups such as Pearce Cycles have contributed massively to a sport that gets people outside, keeps them fit and healthy, and which we in the UK are very good at. I think what Ludlow really needs now is an advocacy group for mountain bikers to lobby for regulated trails. The success of trail centres in Wales shows how much the tourist industry can gain from mountain bikers visiting - Ludlow should embrace our sport and reap the benefits.
5 StarsAnonymous, 28/May/2015
As a local, regular Mountain Biker (who also walks, runs and generally appreciates the environment there too) -I also feel compeled to assure that neither I or any of those I join and see regularly enjoying the sport in this wonderful place ...engage in any kind of environmental 'adjustment' at all. It' remains a great place to 'escape' , relax and often see deer, owls, rodents .....and the bluebells are simply stunning at the moment.