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(Average user rating: 3 unrated 2.5/5)

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?

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

Forestry Commission Response
4 Stars 4 Stars

I think its a beautiful forest , Its a very nice and tranquil place, one of my favorite in UK, but I agree with the above comments, there are too many dogs and their droppings are everywhere. In general I think there are way too many dogs in England and not enough wild places for people who can't stand them to go to. I drive from Tipton for 1,5h just to get away from cancerous clouds of diesel and plastic in the air and the scarce parks which are full of dog dropping,trash and needles. I come here to breathe fresh forest air and enjoy peaceful time trying to regain my sanity and reconnect with nature. I am a foreigner (european) and to me (where i come from) the last place to be having to look out where i tread to avoid dog poo is a forest. Look out to be jumped on, sniffed by, approached, or be smeared with saliva and mud by dogs. Once me and my wife were having a picnic in the lovely area of Vinnals car park and somebody's dog jumped out of the bushes and ran right through the middle of the picnic table, stepping all over our food and knocking plates on the ground,we were shocked, I am not joking. The owner woman appeared after a while from the path which runs right next to the table and was a bit apologetic, but that's not the point. I think that path does not allow dogs anyway, but they are being let loose everywhere and the whole place seems to be used as a one big dog toilet, just like every other place Ive been to unfortunately. Another time we wanted to sit at the picnic table but somebody was combing their hairy dog before us and left a ton of dog hair all over the grass and on the table, it was disgusting. I have searched a lot for somewhere, clean peaceful, dog free and full of nature, but I haven't so far found anywhere and I am deeply disappointed. It's disgraceful. I have been coming to the Mortimer forest for some years and I think I must have been lucky not to stumble upon any dogs, but after several recent visits I realized that this place is no different than any other when it comes to being used as a one big dog toiled. Its a shame providing forests are so rare in England and places like this are a real gem and hard to find and then to find out they are being used as dog toilets. it makes me sad and angry. I would welcome complete dog ban in every forest, nature reserve, national park and a beach with a huge gratitude.

KW, 25/Feb/2017
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Last updated: 17th November 2017

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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.
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OS Grid ref: SO497717
Postcode: SY8 4DZ

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