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Mortimer Trail

Mortimer Trail

A walk from Ludlow to Kington through England's Border Country in Herefordshire.

3 to 4 nights
30 miles
Moderate to Demanding

From £325 per person

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About this route

Through the peaceful, unspoilt hills of Herefordshire, the Mortimer Trail winds through the lush hills and valleys of the Marches. This is the Border territory once patrolled by the Mortimer family from their castle, which towers over the black-and-white half-timbered buildings in Ludlow. A wide variety of wildlife can be found in these fields now, including fallow deer, kingfishers, woodpeckers and skylarks.

Yet these beautiful landscapes, overlooked by the distant silhouettes of the Malvern Hills and the Black Mountains, hide a history torn by strife. The hints are still here if you look – in the Iron Age hillforts, ruined castles, and medieval battlesites you’ll find along the way. The Mortimer Trail offers a good mix of gentle walking, fascinating history, and welcoming inns.

© Contours Walking Holidays Mortimer Trail map
Ludlow to Kington
30 miles (48 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday highlights

Admiring the spectacular views over the Black Mountains, Radnor Hills and the Malvern Hills.

Exploring sites rich in history, including Ludlow castle, Wigmore Castle, Croft Castle and the Iron Age forts of Croft Ambrey and Wapley.

Tracing the history of the Mortimer family through the hills, valleys and rivers of the Marches.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
MORT1 From Ludlow to Kington 3 nights, 2 days walking Demanding£325
MORT2 From Ludlow to Kington 4 nights, 3 days walking Moderate£430

Mortimer Trail 3 nights, 2 days walking

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  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Route profile
  • Travel info
  • Weather

Travel to Ludlow where your first night's accommodation has been booked

Day 1

Ludlow to Aymestrey. 14 miles (22.5km)

Day 2

Aymestrey to Kington. 16 miles (25.5km)


Depart from Kington after breakfast

Your Itinerary

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this tour. Sometimes there may be a shortage of available accommodation in a preferred location, in which case we will transfer you from the trail to your accommodation and back again at no extra charge. Overnight stops marked with a (T) will always require transfers as standard.

Overnight stops marked with an (L) have very limited accommodation, and therefore more often than not will also require a transfer, particularly on bank holidays and weekends. We will use non-transfer accommodation wherever possible.

The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to travel more than a mile from the trail to your accommodation; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Dog-friendly tours are subject to a Daily Dog Charge, which will be listed below if applicable. Our standard prices per person are based upon two people sharing a room; if you are on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Traveller or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Traveller Supplement
£50.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£35.00 per person / per night

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£55.00 per person / per night

What's included?

  • 3 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail, or a short distance away via taxi provided at our expense.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.

Extra Nights & Rest Days

Taking an extra night along the trail is a wonderful way to explore the sights and sounds of the area.

Ludlow is a popular choice for an extra day. Nestled on the River Teme, the surrounding countryside is spectacular and is a perfect match for this pretty town, awash with ancient buildings such as St Laurence's Parish Church, The Reader's House, the ruins of Ludlow Castle and the world famous Feathers Hotel, with its dramatic timber facade.

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£55.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 30 miles (48 km)
Duration: 3 nights, 2 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 14 miles (22.5 km)
Maximum daily distance: 16 miles (25.5 km)
Code: MORT1 Grade: Demanding
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Ludlow
End of holiday: Kington

Route Profile

Mortimer Trail Route Profile

Travel Information

Useful information and travel links that will assist you in your plans to travel to the start of the holiday and back from the end of it are sent to you with your full tour pack. A summary is given below:

By Air - The most convenient major city and international airports are Birmingham, Bristol and Cardiff.

By Rail - There is a rail station at the start of the trail (Ludlow). The nearest rail stations to the end of the trail (Kington) are either Knighton (about 12.5 miles away) or Hereford (about 21 miles away).

By Bus - Various bus services run to Ludlow. Buses run from Kington to Knighton and Hereford Monday to Saturday only, so a taxi would be required on a Sunday.

From London - Trains run from London Euston and Paddington stations to Ludlow.

Return To The Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail, is to take a bus/taxi from Kington to Hereford rail station. From there trains run to Ludlow.

Weather Information

To find out more about the weather forecast for your chosen holiday's general location, please see the following websites:

  • MetCheck - This website allows you to look up detailed weather information for specific locations as far as six months in advance.
  • Met Office - This website shows regional area forecasts a few days in advance, with a general UK forecast description of up to 30 days in advance.
  • Mountain Forecast - This website shows what the forecast is like up on specific hills and fells, and offers forecasts a few days in advance.

Customer reviews from the Mortimer Trail

“It was a very short break, but we have come back feeling refreshed. It worked really well for us and we love that part of the country.”
Mrs Thurgood, UK
“The lodging places were great!”
Dr McGuire, USA
“I have used Contours on more than one occasion and found the holidays good value.”
Mr Mason, UK
“This holiday (The Mortimer Trail) is the best one we have had, and they have all been good. So thank you. We had a wonderful time.”
Mr Sheppard, UK
“Your organisation was excellent! All in all, we both enjoyed the experience, made easier by your organization.”
Mr Rose, UK
"Shobden Wood" by Andrew Smith (2017) "Shobden Wood" by Andrew Smith (2017)