Trip reports

Visit to Ludlow

Visit to Ludlow
View from Mortimer Forest to Titterswell Clee Hill (Photo: Peter Berrill)

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Arrived at Ludlow market square nice and early, which was lucky as the townsfolk were busy setting up the Mediaeval Food Fair in the Castle and Market in the Square. Coach parking could have been a problem today, but thanks to one of the local organisers our driver was given instruction of where to park.

We headed on foot passed the Town Hall and down through Broadgate to Ludford Bridge. Stopping on the bridge to watch roaring floodwater passing underneath we had good views of a grey wagtail on the buttress.

Just before we reached Mabbitt's Horn we managed a sparrowhawk being mobbed by a crow. Mistle thrush, fieldfare, jay and chaffinch were feeding on fallen fruit in a private garden.

The first part of the track was across arable farmland where flocks of fieldfare moved ahead of us. The next part dropped into a grassy sunken track where the tractor ruts had become rushing streams. Once through there the path was much drier and we encountered a big finch flock of mostly chaffinch that included several yellowhammer.

On reaching the forest edge and being a little unsure of the state of footpaths in the Mary Knoll Valley, we took the high forest track, stopping here for lunch. Several buzzard were observed from this high point overlooking the forest.

The forest seemed devoid of birds until we neared the Forest Visitor Centre which incidentally is closed on Sundays. The Centre had a number of bird feeders but all were empty. Nevertheless, in the nearby trees we spotted marsh tit, treecreeper and nuthatch. Leaving the forest behind, we took the road back towards Ludlow.

Whitcliffe Common provided a panoramic view of Ludlow, a lone chiffchaff and three redwing. Following the footpath down to the River Teme we crossed this time via Dinham Bridge, again pausing to admire the awesome strength of the floodwater surging over and swamping the weir.

With plenty of time to spare we headed back up into the town, joining the crowds of shoppers in the market and as the rain moved in we headed to the Railway Station to meet the coach.

Peter and Lesley Berrill