Walking

Walking trail

Ancient tree walk at Croft Castle near Leominster

Walking trail

A gentle wander into the heart of Croft's parkland taking in the Spanish Chestnut avenue planted in the formation of the Spanish Armada around 350 years ago and the 1,000 year old Quarry Oak along the way.

There are stunning views across the Herefordshire countryside and an array of wildlife can be seen, including the occasional fallow deer throughout the year.

Map

A map showing the route of the ancient tree walk at Croft Castle in Herefordshire

Start:

Croft visitor reception SO45119 65659

1

Start at visitor reception and head towards the exit drive. Walk through the gate to the left of the cattle grid and keep walking down the exit drive until you come to a way-marker on your right. Walk through the gate here and into the front meadow.

The first way-marker on the ancient tree walk at Croft Castle in Herefordshire

2

Follow the mown path through the meadow towards the lake, keeping the church behind you.

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3

Follow the mown path alongside the lake.

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The Quarry Oak, a 1,000-year-old sessile oak tree, at Croft Castle, Herefordshire

4

Continue through the chestnut avenue and head across the field away from the castle. Enter the small gateway into the field in front of you.

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The Spanish Chestnut Avenue at Croft Castle, Herefordshire

5

Enter through the gate into the field and carry on towards the top of the field, keeping the fence on your right.

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6

Walk through the field towards the castle. Looking to your left you can see 400-500 year old chestnut trees and also newly planted ones grown from their seeds.

7

Continue to walk towards the castle through the front meadow. Keeping the terrace wall on your left, you'll eventually come to a wrought iron gate. Walk through this and up the castle drive to the Gothic arch to finish the walk.

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End:

Croft visitor reception SO45119 65659

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Ancient tree walk at Croft Castle near Leominster

Terrain

Flat surfaced paths and parkland suitable for all terrain pushchairs.

Ancient tree walk at Croft Castle near Leominster

Contact us

Ancient tree walk at Croft Castle near Leominster

How to get here

Address
Croft Castle and Parkland, Yarpole, Herefordshire, HR6 9PW
By train

Nearest station Leominster 7 miles

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

By bus

From Ludlow to Hereford (passing close Ludlow train station and Leominster), alight Gorbett Bank, 2¼ mile walk

By bicycle

Refer to this Sustrans cycle map

Ancient tree 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
  • Dogs on leads in parkland and gardens only
  • 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