Walking

Walking trail

Carriage ride walk at Croft Castle near Leominster

Walking trail

Explore some of the lost carriage rides that were designed for Fishpool Valley in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries during the Picturesque landscape movement.

Map

An OS map of Croft Castle's carriage ride walk

Start:

Croft visitor reception SO45119 65659

1

Turn right outside visitor reception and pass through the gate following the track around to your right. Follow the purple markers to the top of the hill and see if you can spot part of the original carriage path to your left.

2

Keep following the purple markers up the hill towards the wood pasture and then follow the path sharply to your right, keeping the wood pasture on your left.

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Bluebells in the wood pasture in May 2014 at Croft Castle in Herefordshire

3

Take a sharp left and keep heading up the hill, keeping the wood pasture on your left.

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4

Once you reach the top of the wood pasture, follow the purple way-markers round to your right and back down the hill slightly.

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Sir James Croft's grave in the parkland at Croft Castle in Herefordshire

5

Follow the way-markers down the wooded slope, stopping to admire the fish pools on your right. Don't miss the viewing platform, created to overlook particularly picturesque scenes.

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6

Keep following the markers down the wooded slope until you come to a sharp bend in the path. Follow this round to your right.

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7

Follow the path to your left and then take another sharp left.

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The old pump house in Fishpool Valley at Croft Castle in Herefordshire

8

Continue to follow the purple way-markers until you eventually reach the main driveway. Turn right into the visitor car park and towards visitor reception.

End:

Croft visitor reception SO45119 65659

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Carriage ride walk at Croft Castle near Leominster

Terrain

Steep slopes and steps, wooded valleys, challenging terrain.

Carriage ride walk at Croft Castle near Leominster

Contact us

Carriage ride walk at Croft Castle near Leominster

How to get here

Address
Croft Castle Yarpole Nr Leominster HR6 0BL
By road

The entrance is off the B4362, turning north at Cock Gate between Bircher and Mortimer's Cross. The property is signposted from the A49 between Ludlow and Leominster, and from A4110 at Mortimer's Cross. Parking: 100 yards. Sat-Nav: use HR6 0BL

Carriage ride walk at Croft Castle near Leominster

Facilities and access

  • Tea-room - local food and drink freshly prepared in our own kitchen
  • Gift shop, plant sales, second-hand bookshop, wildlife and gardening gifts
  • Parking, 100 yards
  • Tours available, groups welcome, - please contact us before you visit
  • Children's play area, all-terrain pushchairs to borrow, children's quiz/trail, family activity packs
  • Separate mobility parking, 20 yards. Wheelchair-accessible transfer. Drop-off point
  • Mobility toilet facilities at tea-room, wheelchair available, induction loop, sensory experience