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Mortimer Country

Welcome to Mortimer Country in North Herefordshire - a gloriously rural area located close to Leominster and Ludlow at the heart of the Welsh Marches - the border county of Herefordshire where England meets Wales.


Explore the Teme and Lugg valleys and Mortimer Forest.  There is plenty to keep you amused - from spectacular Castles, wonderful Walks on The Mortimer Trail through unspoilt countryside and Cycling on our quiet traffic free lanes.  Join in our local events and celebrations.

Stay in historic villages set in scenic rural landscapes. Explore the rich Medieval and English Civil War heritage of Mortimer Country and eat in the many outstanding restaurants, tearooms and inns. Look at our map to plan your stay.


Castles to visit in Mortimer Country

Wigmore Castle – romantic ruin home of the Mortimer Family, now managed by English Heritage

Croft Castle – in Croft family for 1000 years, Iron age hill fort, walks around Fishpool valley, gardens & tearoom run by National Trust

Hopton Castle – notorious for a bloody siege in the Civil War

Brampton Bryan Castle – open once a year at the Scarecrow Festival in August http://www.harleyestate.co.uk/events.php

Richard's Castle – a ruined Norman castle built before the Norman conquest in 1066

Ludlow Castle – grand royal Mortimer palace, controlling the whole of the Welsh Marches


Lots more fortifications to discover on your walks; castles at Downton, Stapleton and Stanage, roman forts around Roman Leintwardine and iron age hill forts; home of Iron Age warrior Caradoc.

Mortimer History

Mortimer Country is named after the medieval Mortimer Marcher Lords, who were ruthless power brokers, making and breaking alliances with kings, and even seizing the English throne following the Battle of Mortimer's Cross in 1461.


Top 5 Mortimer locations to visit:

1. Wigmore Castle From Wigmore and Ludlow Castle, the

Mortimer's controlled the lands of Wales and the English borders

2. Wigmore Church - was founded by the powerfulMortimer family.

3. Leintwardine Church- Mortimer chapel 14th century church with Saxon and Norman foundations.

4. Kingsland Church. Battle of Mortimer's Cross site. Large Norman church with intriguing little 14th century Volka chapel.

5. Pipe Aston – 12th century Norman gem with a perfectly

preserved tympanum dating back from the Norma n influenced Hereford School of Sculpture.

Outdoor Activities in Mortimer Country

Outdoor Activities in Mortimer Country

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Villages in Mortimer Country

Villages In Mortimer Country