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Castle & Rolls

Wigmore castle
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A walk to Wigmore Castle, where you can enjoy great history and fabulous views, before heading off into the woods.

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Pop into St James' Church with its very early Norman nave before heading to Wigmore Castle which is one of the many built along the English-Welsh border after the Norman Conquest. It was a major centre of power for 500 years and home to the Mortimer family, who dominated this area in medieval times. Now a romantic ruin, it's looked after by English Heritage. Then it's on to the Wigmore Rolls, a summit 288 metres high.

Total elevation gain: 268m

Route Guide

Starting at the car park outside the village hall, or the nearby leisure centre, head up towards Wigmore Castle. It's a fascinating ruin with great views. 

Take the path to the left at the castle entrance, then walk up the fields and onto the road which you'll follow to the entrance of Wigmore Rolls forest.

Follow your map carefully because it's easy to take the wrong turn on forest trails. Leaving the forest, follow the quiet country road all the way back to Wigmore, with its half-timbered houses. Race your group to the top of the steep hill, you'll know it when you get there! As you start to head downhill keep an eye out to the left for a lovely view over the castle.

When you get back to Wigmore take the footpath between the primary and secondary schools, taking you back to the car park. Drop off your gear and head to the pub to warm up next to a cosy fire. We recommend The Castle Inn at Wigmore or the superlative dining at The Riverside at Aymestrey.

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Wigmore Castle

Wigmore Caslte

A magnificent border castle, founded in 1067 by William Fitz Osbern, it was a major centre of power for over 500 years.