“Stop Press!!” …. It’s official! Something we’ve always known in Mortimer Country but now it’s a recognised fact, having been announced on Radio 4’s Today programme on Saturday 3 September 2005. Parts of Herefordshire are some of the last truly quiet, rural and tranquil areas in Britain. In the ‘Hunt for Hush’, a poll commissioned by the CPRE to track down what peace and quiet remains in Britain, it has been revealed that in parts of the Welsh Marches incorporating Herefordshire, visitors can find peace and quiet with relief from the disturbances of everyday life.
Explore Mortimer Country
Mortimer Country lies in North Herefordshire, in the rolling hills and valleys between Ludlow and the Welsh border. Interspersed are a series of traditional English villages, many of which still support self-sustaining communities. Churches and castles abound, be they ancient ruins like Wigmore, Stapleton and Brampton Bryan or National Trust preserved properties such as Croft Castle, while the Mortimer Trail and its adjoining loop walks offer days of walking through unspoilt countryside.
Great Links to Fascinating Places
However, people don’t just come to Mortimer Country for what the area has to offer, rich and diverse though that undoubtedly is. Mortimer Country is also the perfect base for many annual events that attract internationally renowned artists and followers from all over the world.
The Hay Festival of Literature is within easy reach, as are the Three Choirs Festival in Hereford, the Ludlow Festival, Presteigne’s various festivals and the Leominster Festival of Arts. Meanwhile, for followers of point-to-point there are local meets, as well as racing at Ludlow and Hereford.
There can be few parts of Britain more conductive to shedding the stresses of modern life. Once suitably relaxed, the choice is yours. Do nothing, and be content to let the magic of this special place seep through your body. Or get up and about to enjoy everything that’s on offer here.
Whatever you come for, you will leave refreshed and renewed. And if you are anything like the people who have come before, you will return…………… again and again.
About Mortimer Country
Named after the Mortimer family, who came with William the Conqueror and made the Wigmore area their power base for hundreds of years, the tranquillity of this lovely part of north Herefordshire gives few clues to its fascinating and turbulent history.
Yet history is all around: Find out about the battle of Mortimer’s Cross (1461) which was one of the bloodiest in the Wars of the Roses. Sheep and cattle now graze the site, but you can read the story in Kingsland village.
Discover the magnificent views from Croft Ambrey, an Iron Age hill fort, or spot the evidence left by the Romans in Leintwardine with its picturesque bridge over the peaceful River Teme. The River Lugg meanders through the pretty village of Aymestrey, known worldwide for its limestone geology. Walk to the romantic ruins of Wigmore Castle via the church – and don’t miss Shobdon’s surprising church and unique Norman Arches. The industrial revolution lies at your feet in Burrington churchyard and Brampton Bryan is a delightful estate village.
There are miles of quiet country lanes to explore by car or cycle with teashops along the way. For garden lovers there are some very special nurseries. Enjoy the fascinating wildlife of Mortimer Forest and Wigmore Rolls or walk along one of the dozens of well-marked footpaths including the Mortimer Trail. Then round off the day with a taste of locally produced food at one of the many excellent pubs or restaurants.
For longer visits there is a wealth of places to stay – from character cottages to spacious country houses, comfortable caravans to luxury guesthouses.