A 1.5 to 2 hour 3 mile walk on the edge of Wyre Forest featuring woodland & attractive scenery. Lovely at any time of year but particularly so in the autumn. The route includes an exploration of The Betts Nature Reserve – a little woodland gem in a quiet part of the Wyre Forest.

Distance

3.0 miles

Terrain

Easy, mainly on good tracks. Undulating but no steep hills and some stiles.

Start from

Lem Hill Laybay

Nearest to

Cleobury Mortimer

Parking

Lem Hill

Map reference

Lat/Long: 52.373950535, -2.4124035839

OS: SO720752

The route

The Betts Nature Reserve

Named in memory of a founder member of the Worcestershire Wildlife Trust. Dippers, wagtails and kingfishers are seen along the brook, which is also used by otters. Many butterflies are seen in summer.

Cleobury Mortimer

You will find Cleobury Mortimer tucked between the Clee Hills (Titterstone Clee and Brown Clee Hill) and the Wyre Forest, surrounded by panoramic views and wonderful walks in Cleobury Country. Named after the medieval Marcher Lords, Cleobury Mortimer can be accessed directly from Ludlow town centre via the long distance footpath, the Mortimer Trail.

Cleobury’s St. Mary’s Church has a crooked spire and walls that lean at an alarming angle and the main street curves gently down to the River Rea. Cleobury Mortimer’s High Street was once described by English poet Sir John Betjeman as “A long airy curving street of brick Georgian houses and shops interspersed with genuine halftimber, the Rea brook making a splash at the bottom of the hill.”