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Shaping the landscape

tooltipDiscovering Britain walk

Discover the dramatic impact of glaciers in Ludlow

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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.

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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.

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Walk Info

Distance:

3 ½ miles

Level:
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)

tooltipAn 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

tooltipSuitable for families

Suitable for pushchairs and prams provided these can be carried up/down the few steps en route

tooltipSuitable 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

tooltipSuitable for dogs although they need to be under control throughout

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Region:
West Midlands
Setting:
Towns & Cities
Landscape:
Hidden landscapes Shaping the landscape Exploiting the landscape
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Start:
Whitcliffe Common viewpoint
Finish:
Dinham Millennium Green
Getting there:

tooltipLudlow is on the A49 12 miles north of Leominster and 28 miles south of Shrewsbury; free parking at Whitcliffe Common

tooltipThe 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

tooltipLudlow is served by various local and regional buses within the Welsh Marshes and West Midlands although most are infrequent

tooltipLudlow is on National Cycle Network Route 44, known as the Six Castles Cycleway, which connects Shrewsbury in Shropshire with Cinderford in Gloucestershire

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Ludlow

Ludlow in frost from Whitcliffe Common
© Shropshire&TelfordTSB, Flickr (CCL)

Ludlow

Cobbled verges on Upper Broad Street
© Michael Rosenbaum

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Route map

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Walk kit

Choose between an audio or written guide: download and enjoy!

Downloads

Written guide
A flat route mostly on urban streets

tooltipHelp with downloading - Double-click the icon to download this PDF file. You can save it to your computer or open it now. The file is designed as a booklet. To print it choose ‘Booklet Printing’ from your printer options.

Audio guide
A flat route mostly on urban streets

tooltipHelp with downloading - Double-click the icon to download this ZIP file of the audio commentary (mp3 files) and accompanying booklet (PDF) which contains maps and directions. You can save the audio files to your computer then add them to your mp3 device. This will vary for each device but you can use any supplied software (such as iTunes, Windows Media Player) or drag and drop the files. The PDF is designed as a booklet. To print it choose ‘Booklet Printing’ from your printer options.

Extras
A flat route mostly on urban streets

tooltipHelp with downloading - Double click to download this GPX file and load it on to your GPS device.

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Links

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Shropshire Tourism

Official tourism website for the county with plenty of useful visitor informatioN

http://www.shropshiretourism.co.uk/

Shropshire Geology

Find out more about the important geological sites in the county, as well as fieldtrips and events organised by the Shropshire Geological Society

http://www.shropshiregeology.org.uk/intro.html

Friends of Whitcliffe Common

Group that maintains the common; website includes a section on the local geology along the banks of the River Teme

http://www.friendsofwhitcliffecommon.org.uk/

Ludlow Museum

Tells the story of the town of Ludlow and its people from Bronze Age farmers to the present day; galleries cover geology, archaeology, history and wildlife

http://www.shropshire.gov.uk/museums/ludlow-museum/

Ludlow

Tourist information including where to stay, where to eat, accommodation, things to do and events

http://www.ludlow.org.uk/

Shropshire Geology Collection

Find out about the geology collections held at Ludlow Museum Resource Centre

http://www.discovershropshire.org.uk/html/search/verb/GetRecord/homepage:20060824115952

Ludlow Mill on the Green

Find out about the history of Castle Mill and its recent restoration

http://www.ludlowmillonthegreen.co.uk/

Credits

The RGS-IBG would like to thank the following people and organisations for their assistance in producing this Discovering Britain walk

 

Professor Michael Rosenbaum for creating the walk, providing the commentary and taking photographs. This walk was based on material previously published in the Proceedings of the Shropshire Geological Society, accessible online at www.shropshiregeology.org.uk

 

We would like to acknowledge the work of Dr Peter Cross whose PhD studies in the 1960s did so much to focus attention on the fascinating glacial history of the area.

 

Ludlow Museum Resource Centre (and Curator Daniel Lockett) for access to records of scientific studies in the vicinity

 

Jenny Lunn for editing the walk resources and acting as narrator

 

Caroline Millar for editing the audio commentary

 

The British Geological SurveyShropshire Geological Society and Ludlow Historical Research Group for permission to use images from their archives

 

The University of Sheffield for permission to use a map of ice retreat created by Professor Chris Clark

 

Ian Capper, Jeremy BolwellTrista L Thornberry-Ehrlich, Mr M Evison and Shropshire&TelfordTSB for providing additional images under the Creative Commons License

 

 

An attractive full-colour version of the walk booklet is available to purchase from:

- Castle Bookshop, 5 Castle Street, Ludlow SY8 1AS

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