Fishpool Dingle walk at Croft Castle

Walking trail

Follow this pleasant route through the 'Picturesque' wooded valley, following the fishpools on some surfaced tracks and some newly restored paths.

A view through the trees to one of the pools in Fishpool Valley, Croft Castle

Map

An OS map of Fishpool Valley, with the Fishpool Dingle walk marked with points of interest

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 way-markers with the pumphouse on them.

2

Keep following the pumphouse way-markers until you come to a gate; go through the gate and close it behind you. You'll eventually come to tall Douglas Fir trees on your left and right. The limekiln will also be straight in front of you; limestone quarried on the estate was burned in these wood-fired kilns to produce quicklime which was used as a building mortar and also as fertiliser on the farmland.

3

Keep following the path, keeping the limekiln on your left and the pools on your right. Keep going straight on until you come to a gate. Go through the gate and close it behind you. You will then need to do a hairpin turn to your right, still following the pumphouse way-markers.

4

Follow the path, keeping the pools on your right. You will eventually come to a small gate on your right, with a pumphouse way-marker on it. Go through this gate and follow the path, keeping the pools on your right. You will eventually come to a rusticated grotto on your left; dating from the 1790s.

5

Keep following the path through the valley, keeping the pools on your right. You'll see the cascade and dams 6 and 7 which are being restored as part of our conservation project. Keep going straight on, until you come to a pumphouse way-marker pointing you down the hill to the right. Go carefully down the hill and over the dam towards the Gothic pumphouse.

6

Walk past the Gothic pumphouse on your left and up towards the main track. When you get to the main track, turn left and keep going until you see another track heading right up the hill. Follow this path back up to the gate into the main car park.

End:

Croft visitor reception SO45119 65659

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Fishpool Dingle walk at Croft Castle

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

Fishpool Dingle walk at Croft Castle

Facilities and access

  • Mainly flat, some slopes and steps.
  • Muddy in places - please wear suitable footwear
  • Front drive and parts of valley suitable for all terrain pushchairs