Starting at The Bell Inn pub, this route takes you to the east of Leonard’s Church in Yarpole, where you will come across the church with a detached bell tower. These bell towers were built with thick stone walls and are thought by some historians to have doubled up as places of refuge or safety when the village was threatened.
On the walk, the path up to Bircher Common is very well signposted. As you climb up the the southern side of Bircher Common look over your shoulder for great views over North Herefordshire and into Worcestershire. Walk through the woodland in between Oaker Coppice and Bircher Coppice to pick up the Mortimer Trail heading west.
When you leave the Mortimer Trail, head downhill into the grounds of Croft Castle. You might like to take a short detour here to look around this historic site.
After the castle you will shortly arrive back at The Bell Inn where you can enjoy what we think you'll agree is a very special meal.