Visit the National Trust’s Croft Castle on a cycling holiday

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.

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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

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River Wye Cycling and Canoeing holidays

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Two favourite summer activities; cycling and canoeing, in one short break.  The River Wye is an ideal destination for this holiday; easy cycling near the River and then just the right mix of shallow rapids and smooth water when canoeing… with a lunch stop at picturesque Hay on Wye.  Find out more about cycling and canoeing holidays from our website 

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Great Food on the Mortimer Trail Walking holiday

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The best time to come on The Mortimer Trail Walking holiday is in Spring and Autumn – so now is the perfect time to book your holiday.  You will be guaranteed a great #walking holiday and fantastic food at The Stagg, the Riverside and in #Gourmet #Ludlow.  The walking holidays range from 2 – 5 days.  See photos of the #MortimerTrail and details of the walking route.

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Walking the Mortimer Trail in the Autumn

It might be windy, it might be cold… but the Mortimer Trail – a 30 mile #walkingtrail from the Welsh border to #Ludlow, is magical at any time of the year – the #MortimerTrail makes a perfect short #walkingholiday  break with great places to stay each night.

We re-walked the stretch from Ludlow to Croft Castle last autumn and found lots more than great views ….

lots of moss and lichen on these old sunken pathways


Great views of the Clee Hills and contented sheep (even when we disturbed a herd of deer, who literally jumped over the the sheep)


Old farmyard machinery (some still in use)


And fabulous views from Croft Ambrey Hill fort looking towards the Radnorshire hills


so come a try a Mortimer Trail Walking holiday in the Spring or Autumn (see the photo below on another walking day in the sunshine)


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Secret Gardens on our Herefordshire Gardens Cycle Tour

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June and July are the perfect times to explore #English #Gardens on our Herefordshire Gardens Cycle tour.  During this time lots of gardens open up under the National Garden Scheme (#NGS) to raise money for charity.  Find out about the gardens open in Herefordshire  and come on a #cyclingholiday

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BBC Escape to the Country and Wheely Wonderful Cycling

Episode 50 Series 17 Broadcast 16 May 2017 – Shropshire


Cycling in Shropshire – Chris Dartnell

We were really pleased to be asked by the BBC to be the local “cycling expert” on their programme Escape to the Country.  Our task was to show an active family who wanted to move to Shropshire, all the great cycling in the county.  Its the reason why we moved here to set up our cycling holiday business; quiet traffic free lanes, great scenery, and great food.

“The Quietest cycle tour under the Sun”

We spent a whole day filming last summer … at our base Petchfield Farm and along the route of our most popular cycling holiday “The Quietest Cycle Tour under the Sun.  We filmed at Burrington Bridge, Hopton Castle, Clun and Clun Valley and Ludlow.  The clips shown on the  Escape to the Country programme, broadcast for the first time yesterday (16 May 2017).  Great views, great cycling, castles and they even managed to fit in tea & cake at the Green Cafe in Ludlow.  all the best elements of our cycling holiday. You can watch it on i-player and it will be repeated in future.


Alistair Appleton and Jules Hudson

Were filming in different parts of the Shropshire whilst we were filming the cycling.  We thought that the programme was to be broadcast with Jules Hudson having a go at Blacksmithing at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm (so we have lots of photos of this) but actually – the programme went out with  Alistair Appleton inspecting the new biomass boiler at Attingham Park.  Both places can be visited on our Shropshire Castles Cycling holiday.

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Stokesay court leaflet swap shop for Shropshire hills stunning location

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