Of the Marcher Earls there were none more powerful than the Mortimers, who seat of power was at Wigmore castle. The 30 mile way-marked trail traverses this north west corner of Herefordshire, where the medieval Mortimer family ruled with an iron rod throughout the centuries.
The Trail passes through forests where tracts of broadleved woodland (ash, oak, beach and lime) give way to coniferous stands (Larch, Douglas fir, Norway spruce, Scots and Corsican pine). Here you will find fallow deer grazing in the cover of Mortimer Forest or Shobdon Hill Wood. Climbs are constantly rewarded by views of the Forest Radnor, the Black Mountains, Clee Hills and the majestic Malvern Hills.
For the most part of the Trail, it is a high level route which follows a succession of ridges, but dips to cross three rivers the Teme, Lugg and Arrow. It also passes the Iron Age hill, forts of Croft Ambrey and Wapley, and near to Croft Castle, a National Trust property which dates originally from the 14th and 15th centuries. It is ideal for those seeking two or three day’s walk in unspoilt border country.
* Ludlow to Orleton Common – 13km (8 miles).
High level walking through Mortimer Forest and across commons to one of the quietest of Herefordshire hamlets.
* Orleton Common to Aymestry 8km (5 miles).
The view from Croft Ambrey is exquisite and a diversion can be made to Croft Castle before descending to the Luggvalley below.
* Aymestry to Titley – 17km (11 miles).
Beautiful walking through the Lugg valley, rising up to Wapley Hill, then across pastures to Titley.
* Titley to Kington – 10km (6 miles).
A green lane leads to the wooded Brampton Scar, then across to remote Rushock Hill Common.
There are however, five loop walks - Yarpole, Wigmore, Lingen, Shobdon and Titley, which allow you to descend from the ridges to seek refreshment and accommodation or public transport to the starting point. The Loops also make for splendid circular half day and day walks.