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

Map route for Croft Castle ancient tree walk

Start:

Croft visitor reception SO45119 65659

1

Start at Croft Castle Visitor Reception. Walk through the gothic arch, towards the castle, keeping the terrace walk on your right.

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

2

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

3

Enter into the field and carry on towards the bottom of the field keeping the fence on your left. Go through the gate.

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4

Head across the field towards the castle. Continue through the chestnut arbour.

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The Spanish Chestnut Avenue at Croft Castle, Herefordshire

5

Follow the mown path alongside the lake.

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The Quarry oak, Croft castle, Herefordshire

6

Follow the mown path through the meadow away from the lake, towards the church.

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7

Exit the meadow through the gate. Walk through the gate to the right of the cattle grid and keep walking down the drive until you reach visitor reception.

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

  • Parking, 100 yards
  • Dogs on leads in parkland and gardens only
  • Separate mobility parking, 20 yards. Wheelchair-accessible transfer. Drop-off point