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Trail details

Grade of Trail:

  • Demanding

Trail Waymarking:


Length of trail:

3 miles

Trail is currently open

A section of this trail has been diverted due to storm damage.

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Trail description

The view from High Vinnalls, Mortimer ForestThis trail ascends to the summit of the High Vinnalls giving panoramic views in all directions and then passes through a variety of timber crops and open deer lawns.

This is a moderate to hard walk with some steep climbs, good footwear is essential, especially in wet weather.

What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

Having spent my first late afternoon and evening walk in the forest (as a result of a splendid talk of the butterfly conservation project that Rhona Goddard is involved in), I was so impressed at this amazing habitat and the relative ease that my partner and I could explore it for the first time. Having opted to try Vinnalls loop from the car park, we used the very well positioned and very clear signs as our principal guide, but extended our walk with the use of OS maps and a basic pocket guide. At High Vinalls, We were well rewarded with magnificent 360 deg views across the Marches, well into Wales and in the opposite direction, the Clee Hills. The Shropshire hills towards the Long Mynnd were very well defined. It was here that we were treated to the sight of a splendid male yellowhammer announcing his territory from the top of a young birch tree. Continuing along the Mortimer Way we joined the Climbing Jack trail until we dropped down from the hill to rejoin the loop. The final stages back to the car park were along the easy access route. The song thrushes filled the evening air with their melodious sung and the chiffchaffs busied themselves by feeding in the margins of the rides. It was too cold and a little late in the day for butterfly activity, but we were treated to a beautiful show of young spring woodland flowers at their best. Although there were other people using the forest route as evidenced by the cars in the car park, we only saw four other people. This was a refreshing and most enjoyable visit, witnessing the subtle managing techniques that you have employed to create this very sensitive environment. My pedometer indicated that we had covered just over five miles with our adapted route. We will be back tomorrow to explore other routes !! Many thanks. (Shropshire Wildlife and RSPB members)

Steve R, 29/Apr/2017
4 Stars 4 Stars

En route, only had time to stop in the car park - but even so, the tall trees there are magnificent! Enjoyed my stop very much.

David Hurford, 24/Apr/2017
3 Stars 3 Stars

The route has potential and the views from the top are lovely, but today's walk (January) was ruined by the sheer volume of mud. Vehicles had clearly driven over the route very carelessly and churned up a filthy mud bath. It was just about acceptable as a walking route, but on the cusp of being just too muddy to enjoy. Shame.

TJ Preston, 15/Jan/2017

Hello, I'm sorry you found the walk too muddy. Sections of the trail are used for vehicle access as this is a working forest. Unfortunately January is a muddy month in all our woods.

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