Walking

Walking trail

Fishpool Valley walk at Croft Castle near Leominster

Walking trail

A pleasant walk through the parkland on surfaced paths and through the wooded Fishpool Valley.

Map

Map route for Croft Fishpool Valley walk

Start:

Croft visitor reception SO45119 65659

1

Turn right from visitor reception and pass through the gate. Do not follow the track but head straight on across the field following the yellow markers.

2

Follow the path into the woods and down the slope into the bottom of the valley.

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Bluebells in the woodland at Croft Castle in Herefordshire

3

At the bottom turn right then right again so you are walking by the linked ponds.

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The county champion Douglas Fir at Croft Castle in Herefordshire

4

Proceed down the valley alongside the ponds. These are spring fed and provide habitat for brown trout, dragonflies, bats, freshwater shrimps and the rare native white-clawed crayfish.

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

5

You will eventually see a yellow marker showing you where to fork right to climb the hill towards the main drive of the castle. Look out for the igloo shaped cellar which was the icehouse. Ice was removed from the ponds in the winter and stored in here for use in the summer months.

6

At the drive turn right and walk up the drive back to the car park and visitor reception.

End:

Croft visitor reception SO45119 65659

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Fishpool Valley walk at Croft Castle near Leominster

Terrain

Gentle slopes into the valley which can be muddy. Front drive and parts of the valley are suitable for all terrain pushchairs.

Fishpool Valley walk at Croft Castle near Leominster

Contact us

Fishpool Valley walk at Croft Castle near Leominster

How to get here

Address
Croft Castle Yarpole Nr Leominster HR6 0BL
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

Use this Sustrans cycle map for reference

Fishpool Valley 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 lead in parkland 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