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Explore Black Pool Car Park
(Average user rating: 3 unrated 2.8/5)

Welcome to the South Eastern side of Mortimer Forest.

De-boxing area for horses at Blackpool car park Mortimer Forestry. West Midlands FDThis car park is protected by height restriction barriers (7'/2.1m).

There parking spaces for disabled users and two picnic tables with easy access in a pleasant glade to one side of the car park.

The Black Pool Loop

A 1.5mile trail taking in the Haye Park Wood area of the Forest starts from this car park.

 Horse Riding in the Forest 

We have parking facilities for horse boxes and a deboxing area in this car park. Riders will need to purchase a key for the height restriction barriers (7'/2.1m) from the Forest Office.  Contact us on 0300 067 6977 or via the email address below.

Other trails in Mortimer Forest ......

The Whitcliffe Loop

Starting from Whitcliffe Car park

Vinnalls Easy Access

A surfaced trail suitable for mobility scooters and pushchairs

The Vinnalls Loop

A climb up to the stunning views of High Vinnalls from the Vinnalls car park.

The Climbing Jack Trail

A nine mile route which incorporates most of the Forest.

What do other visitors say?

4 Stars 4 Stars

This is a wonderful haven of tranquility, and I am very concerned about your plans to build 70 holiday cabins on site. You will no doubt be promoting it as a mountain biking area, and the increase in footfall and wheeled traffic will change its beauty immeasurably. The benefit to the local economy will be minimal as people will simply get Tesco to deliver to the cabin.

Tim Hughes, 19/Feb/2018

Thank you for your comment, we would welcome the opportunity to answer questions and explain the proposals at the public exhibition. They are being held on Tuesday 27th February at Wigmore Village Hall, 10am-12pm, 2-4pm and 6-8pm or on Wednesday 28th at Ludlow Mascall Centre, Clun room 10am-12pm, 2pm-4pm and 6-8pm.

Forestry Commission Response
3 Stars 3 Stars

I love this forest but visited today and was shocked to see how much dog poo there was. Also some of the paths had been churned up by some monstrous tractor deeming it impassable in places.

Still a great place for blackberry picking though. I really wish they would just ban dogs from forests as trying to avoid it all the time just means you're never looking up to enjoy the view! Even harder with kids.

So much poop!, 2/Sep/2017

Good evening, My daughter is very keen to ride out again from the Blackpole car park and needs to purchase a key to enable us to park the horse box in the correct place. We used to have a key but returned a while back. Can she collect one from your office and how much do we need to pay? Thank you.

Kindest regards,


Sara Burnham, 6/Mar/2017

Hi Sara Yes it is possible for you to get a key. If you contact me at the office on 0300 067 6977 and I will let you know how to go about it. Thank you

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Last updated: 2nd August 2018

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What's Here?

  • 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
  • A permenant course 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: SO497717
Postcode: SY8 4DZ

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Nicola Cowell
Recreation Ranger
0300 0676977

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

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