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Explore Mortimer Forest
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.2/5)

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.


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).


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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Red squirrel sighting: Greatly enjoyed our walk in Mortimer forest last Monday, while visiting Ludlow for a few days. We walked down the Climbing Jack trail and then down Mary Knoll valley and, just before we reached the intersection with the Climbing Jack trail to go back up towards Whitcliffe Loop, we saw a red squirrel. I am sure this is what it was, having grown up in Switzerland, where there are only red squirrels and no greys, but only saw its back and tail. I watched it moving away through the trees but didn't manage to actually catch sight of the animal again.Just thought I would let you know as it does not seem to be included in your list of species that occur in Mortimer forest.



Dr Deborah Curtis, 26/Aug/2017
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We walked the nine mile climbing jack route yesterday and would like to say a big thank you to the forestry commission. The trail is extremely well sign posted and maintained. It was a beautiful walk with stunning views.

The Joneses, 5/Feb/2017
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I really think for such a large, multi-day event (Woodpecker Rally), you could have given more than a two day warning! I'm sure locals are well aware of it, but we are visiting for the weekend and had planned walks and cycles specifically in Mortimer Forest and Hopton Woods. There doesn't appear to be any events listings we could have read to avoid this, so we rely on your notifications.

Phil, 1/Sep/2016

Hello, I take your point and we will try to improve next year. I did try to get in touch with you via the email supplied and twitter with some options but wasn't able to get hold of you.

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Last updated: 26th August 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


OS Grid ref: SO480730
Postcode: SY8 2HD

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Opening & Parking

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

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