WALK | Sampling the Mortimer Trail at Croft Ambrey | Herefordshire
Walk Through Time at Croft Ambrey Hillfort and Find Wonder In The Woodland
Take a walk through the ages on this part of the Mortimer Trail in Herefordshire
Discover a 2000 year old Iron Age Hillfort at Croft Ambrey
Take in the views, take in a mighty breath on top of the world
"...this fascinating earthwork on a Herefordshire high point with views and paths for company..."
The Mortimer Trail is a waymarked long-distance footpath that runs between Ludlow in Shropshire and Kington in Herefordshire. The entire walk is 30 miles long and covers some of the most spectacular landscape of the Welsh Marches. The trail is named after the Mortimers, the medieval Marcher Lords out of Ludlow and Wigmore castles who are deeply associated with this part of Britain but the walk also introduces you to a diverse range of other British history.
Towards the middle of the trail lies Croft Ambrey. A British Iron Age hillfort in North Herefordshire, 10 km north of Leominster, and located on high ground within the Croft Castle estate. It is close to the border with Shropshire and with Wales; and as such you get that feeling of wildening hill country.
You can experience a section of the Mortimer’s Trail by walking around the ancient hill fort of Croft Ambrey. This walk starts and finishes alongside the River Lugg at the cross roads Mortimer’s Cross.
The walk starts with a stiff climb up the side of Yatton Hill through School Wood alongside the edge of the estate of Croft Castle. As you ascend you can look back towards the fields of the Lugg valley and reflect on the Battle of Mortimer’s Cross which was fought here in February 1461 as part of the Wars of the Roses – around 4,000 men died on the fields around the river.
You enter tall bracken – catching the gaps of the spectacular view across to the high ground between Kington and Knighton, the route of the Offa’s Dyke Path, and onto the mountains of mid Wales beyond.
You then will reach the hillfort. You can wander through the triangular shaped hill fort and understand how it takes advantage of the natural features of the landscape. In parts it is heavily wooded. But there are plenty of opportunities to dwell awhile and take in the stupendous views of the Herefordshire countryside in the valley below.
You can descend down through the steep but open and sparsely wooded side of Croft Ambrey hill fort towards the road below. Looking back up the hill towards the remains of the hill fort you can now see how imposing it is and how it dominates the landscape around.
Returning to the start, you walk through pleasant farmland and ancient parkland with old stunted trees and tall specimen redwoods. You can occasionally glimpse the River Lugg, past the celandines through the branches of the trees, The River, The Hill, The Valley – a very beautiful walk along part of the Mortimer Trail in Herefordshire.
Directions and Map |
Find Croft Ambrey near Croft Castle Estate accessible from Aymestrey or the villages beyond. Otherwise the Mortimer Trail runs from Ludlow in Shropshire to Kington in Herefordshire