A flat, easy, five mile linear walk along the Redlake and Teme Rivers. The walk takes you between the Shropshire village of Bucknell and Leintwardine in Herefordshire. The walk takes around two and a half hours.

Walking with Offa 12: Relake & Teme image

Distance

5.0 miles

Terrain

Flat easy walking

Start from

Baron of Beef, Bucknell

Nearest to

Bucknell

Parking

The Baron at Bucknell, SY7 0AH or Leintwardine

Map reference

Lat/Long: 52.3605357469, -2.9526144538

OS: SO352740

The route

You will get spectacular views of the surrounding hills whilst enjoying the beautiful Teme valley. Your walk ends in the historic town of Leintwardine with its Roman history.

Spectacular views

You will see the wooded hill called Coxall Knoll, which hides an Iron Age hill fort.

Wildlife

The River Teme is rich in wildlife including otters, trout and salmon, and many different bird species can also be seen.

History

Leintwardine is the site of the ancient roman fort of Branogenium. The church is worth a visit in its own right, as well as to see one of the oldest church clocks in the country (early 16th century).

Imagine patrolling the border without a decent pub. How would Offa’s Dyke have been built without them?

Over a thousand years later, keep up the tradition and stop for a drink or a bite to eat at the following:

The Baron at Bucknell is a charming country inn with excellent home cooked food and five luxury en-suite rooms, so you could enjoy the hospitality and then stay the night. Camping is also available. Contact them on 01547 530549, www.baronatbucknell.co.uk

The Sun Inn at Leintwardine is one of “Britain’s true heritage pubs” and Herefordshire’s CAMRA Pub of the Year 2011. Ideal for walkers and dog friendly. A classic example of a Parlour Pub and a Grade II listed building. Locally brewed real ales and cider. Food available from chip shop next door. Ploughman lunches can be provided for parties providing prior notice is received. Tel 01547 540705, www.suninn-leintwardine.co.uk

The Lion Bar, Restaurant and Rooms at Leintwardine provides locally sourced food, drink and accommodation, with the restaurant having received its first AA rosette. Contact them on 01547 540203 or www.thelionleintwardine.co.uk

Fiddlers Elbow Fish and Chip shop 01547 540262.

Griffiths Garage, Post Office and Shop sells a variety of drinks and snacks. Contact them on 01547 540223 or visit www.griffithsgarage.co.uk

See www.exploremortimercountry.com for other lovely places to stay in the area.

Getting there

By train: Bucknell is on the Heart of Wales railway line.

By bus: There is a regular scheduled service between Ludlow and Knighton (738/740). Bucknell and Leintwardine are also served by Castle Connect, a 33 seat Shuttle Bus which runs between Ludlow and Bishop’s Castle every weekend and Bank Holiday Mondays, from May to September – www.shropshirehillsaonb.co.uk/things-to-do/shuttles/