All of our Herefordshire cycling holidays return via Croft Castle. So here are a few pictures to show you why you should stop and visit Croft Castle. The Castle itself is of great interest with great rooms sets, paintings and furniture and some great family stories. But around the castle is a walled garden, woodland and fabulous walks to the Iron Age hill fort past the avenue of Spanish Chestnuts – over 500 years old. The saplings are reputed to have been salvaged from the Spanish Armada itself.
Croft Castle is doing a great deal to improve biodiversity in the area.
The walled gardens are full of ancient apple trees with strange names!
There are many secret places in the grounds – why four keyholes? and is the wall or the door straight?
The church next to the castle has some great tombs and a memorial to the battle honours of Sir Richard Croft. Each year The National Trust stage a reenactment of the Battle of Mortimer Cross, a decisive battle in the Wars of the Roses.
To see other castles in the area, follow our Shropshire Castles cycle tour