See a different side of Ludlow...
Ludlow's beautiful riverside walks are featured in a new, free trail guide launched this summer and available from Ludlow Visitor Information Centre.
The colourful mini guide, delightfully illustrated by local artist Katy Alston, shows two short circular walks both starting below the castle at the Mill on the Green. In either instance the destination offers some of Ludlow's finest hospitality and refreshment.
The first shorter walk takes the visitor along the Linney, past Mr Underhill's, (one of Ludlow's two Michelin starred restaurants) and then bears left over the River Corve and the water meadow. When you meet the main road the Unicorn is clearly visible ahead. Depending on your inclination the walker can stop here or follow the loop back along the Linney pausing to gather some local information at St. Lawrence's burial ground. At a gentle pace the circular walk takes around 45 minutes.
The second walk is a little longer and follows the path known as the Bread Walk along the bank of the River Teme and below Whitcliffe Common. This time the half way destination is the Charlton Arms but along the route there is opportunity to look out for information panels explaining Ludlow's unique geological heritage. The return route follows the old town wall on the opposite bank and walkers can divert into the town centre at any point along here or follow the road back to the Mill.
This new trail guide has been produced by Shropshire Council and funded by Advantage West Midlands as part of the investment in Ludlow's businesses following the devastating effect of the flooding in 2007. The guide indicates the location of riverside hospitality businesses such as the Cliffe Hotel, Unicorn Inn and Charlton Arms Hotel.
Not all visitors to Ludlow are aware of its magical riverside and if they are, do not realise how readily accessible it is. The Mill on the Green, officially opened at the end of August, now offers an excellent destination in its own right. Its state of the art water wheel generates electricity and feeds it into the national grid. New interpretation panels, both inside and out, give a brief history of the site and explain the importance of this mill and the several other mills once found here, to the growth and success of medieval Ludlow. The Green Café is open Tuesday to Sunday serving drinks, ice creams and seasonal snacks.
Copies of the trail can be picked up at the pubs and restaurants featured along the routes or at Ludlow Visitor Information Centre, Castle Square in Ludlow. Tel: 01584 875053.
Date Posted: 18th September 2009