There is much more to Ludlow than meets the eye. This walk tells the story of the most dramatic events ever to affect this picturesque market town.
Visit beautiful viewpoints, stroll along tranquil riverbanks, explore medieval streets and enjoy lush meadows whilst discovering how the landscape was utterly transformed by natural forces.
This is the story of ice and water. Three glaciers came very close to this area and the water that melted from them reshaped the landscape. Rivers changed direction, gorges were cut out by torrents of icy water and vast amounts of sediment were dumped.
Across the town – in street names and road layouts, in sewers and churchyards, in building stones and cobblestones – there are clues to what happened tens of thousands of years ago.
Find out how humans have made use of the landforms created by melting glaciers and how the area’s geological history still affects life in Ludlow today.
3 ½ miles
An easy walk around the town and riverbanks; there are steps in several places along the route (between Stops 1 and 2, Stops 6 and 8, and at Stop 15)
- Suitable for:
Suitable for families
Suitable for pushchairs and prams provided these can be carried up/down the few steps en route
Suitable for dogs although they need to be under control throughout
- West Midlands
- Towns & Cities
- Hidden landscapes Shaping the landscape Exploiting the landscape
- Whitcliffe Common viewpoint
- Dinham Millennium Green
- Getting there:
Ludlow is on the A49 12 miles north of Leominster and 28 miles south of Shrewsbury; free parking at Whitcliffe Common
The nearest railway station is Ludlow (just under 1 mile from start point); the Welsh Marches Line has direct connections southbound to Hereford and South Wales and northbound to Shrewsbury, North Wales, Chester and Manchester
Ludlow is served by various local and regional buses within the Welsh Marshes and West Midlands although most are infrequent
Ludlow is on National Cycle Network Route 44, known as the Six Castles Cycleway, which connects Shrewsbury in Shropshire with Cinderford in Gloucestershire