Leintwardine parish is surrounded by the beautiful countryside of Herefordshire, Shropshire and Wales and is ideal for walking, bird-watching, cycling, mountain biking, riding and fishing.
The following links will help you make the most of the area:
- Walks Around Leintwardine This site’s own page devoted to footpaths in the area. Or try www.walking-routes.co.uk
A booklet on local walks is available in the garage shop. There are the longer walks of Offa’s Dyke, the Mortimer Way, the Shropshire Way, Glyndwr’s Way and Edric’s Way.
Dog walking. Although there are many footpaths to explore, some go through fields of stock or pheasant shoots meaning that it is wiser to keep your dog on a lead. There are, though, many stock free woods to walk in where dogs can roam freely. For example, there are extensive paths in Mortimer Forest near Ludlow, Wigmore Rolls above Wigmore, Hopton Castle woods (same as the mountain bike area), The Black Hill on the south side of Clunton or Bury Ditches (Iron Age hill fort) on the north side of Clunton. Slightly further afield is Wapley Camp near Presteigne (another Iron Age hill fort).
- Jay Farm Fly Fishery 01547 540360, 07968 214699 or 07870 602747.
- Downton Pheasant Shoot: October to January. Challenging high shoot in Downton Gorge.
- Choral Singing. Leintwardine Vocals meet on Mondays at 8pm in the Methodist Chapel, Church Street. All welcome. Contact Charlotte Bulley 01547 540603 or email@example.com
- Mountain Biking on special tracks in the woods above Hopton Castle off the B4385 Craven Arms – Clun road.
FFI Tourist Information Centre Ludlow (TIC) 01584 875053 or www.visitsouthshropshire.co.uk.
- Bike Hire at Wheely Wonderful Cycling, Petchfield Farm, Elton. 01568 770755. Mountain bikes to tandems. Open Easter to October. 9am-5pm. Ring to book. www.wheelywonderfulcycling.co.uk
- Mickey Millers Family Play Barn in Craven Arms http://www.mickeymillers.com/.
- The Owl Centre and Small Breeds in Kington 01544 231109 www.owlcentre.com.
- Horse Riding. There are many local bridleways. Link to www.shropshireriding.co.uk.
- North Farm Riding School in Ludlow 01584 87202 or the Sue Adams Riding in Shobdon 01568 708973 http://www.sueadamsridingschool.com/
- Visit Ludlow – one of England’s most famous historic towns with its romantic castle.
TIC http://www.visitsouthshropshire.co.uk/, http://www.ludlow.org.uk/, http://www.ludlowassemblyrooms.co.uk/ (the local Arts Centre).
- North Herefordshire Exploration www.visitherefordshire.co.uk.
- www.exploremortimercountry.com Tourist information for visitors to North Herefordshire & Mortimer Country. Places to stay, where to eat and things to do.
- The nearby towns of Leominster, Presteigne and Church Stretton all have festivals in the summer.
- The Ludlow Food Festival (second weekend in September) is of international fame.
- Presteigne festival is at the end of August: www.presteignefestival.com.
- There are many Marcher Lords Castles to visit along the Welsh Marches, country houses, Roman remains and other places of interest such as the excellent Judges Lodgings in Presteigne (Tel.01544 260650), Stokesay Castle, iron age hill forts and stone circles.
- There are some very pleasant tearooms to experience!
- The land to the east is dominated by the Clee Hills, to the north by Wenlock Edge, the Long Mynd and the Stiperstones and to the west by the Welsh hills and mountains. The Elan Valley reservoir complex (Birmingham water supply) is about 1½ hours away.
- In the air, buzzards are abundant with several red kite around.
- During the winter shooting season for pheasant and partridge, there are several shoots available but each sets its own agenda.
- Ludlow Assembly Rooms hosts a wide range or cultural and arts events: www.ludlowassemblyrooms.co.uk
- There is a local coracle maker who has a workshop behind the community centre who builds coracles to order. He also gives coracle making instruction but this is somewhat random. Tel: 07854 651905.
- Fishing. There are two fishing clubs in Leintwardine. The oldest one by far is The Leintwardine Fishing Club which was founded towards the end of the nineteenth century. It has a long and honourable membership with many coming from a distance and staying for a week in The Lion Hotel. There is a long waiting list for membership. The second fishing club is known as The Tarleton named after an illustrious resident of the village in the early part of the nineteenth century. It is loosely called the village fishing club which is open to all residents obeying the usual protocol of fishing. Its length is 200 metres below the bridge. Fishing lessons are given to the interested youth of the village.