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Explore Mortimer Forest
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.3/5)

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

Mortimer Forest, Evans area, Marches

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

Play

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

Archaeological features

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

Walking

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.

 

What do other visitors say?

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Anonymous, 18/Oct/2017

Hi its not clear where i can ride my horse, i would like to ride through the vinnels but do not know the route. ie a map of bridleways

Anonymous, 12/Oct/2017

Hi if you buy an Ordnance Survey Explorer map 203 that shows the bridleways in Mortimer Forest in adequate detail.

Forestry Commission Response

Lovely autumn walk in the Forest but wot has happened to the bench at High Vinnalls? Nowhere to sit while we ate our apples!

Diana Pollock, 3/Oct/2017

Glad you enjoyed your walk. We had to remove it for safety reasons as it was rotten. Don't worry we are going to replace it.

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Last updated: 17th November 2017

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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

Location

OS Grid ref: SO480730
Postcode: SY8 2HD

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Contact

Marches Forests

0300 067 6977
marchesforests@­forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Opening & Parking

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

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