Upper Norton

Shropshire, England

Croft Castle and Croft Ambrey walking and hiking route


Walk Instructions

The first part of this walk follows the National Trust Blue waymarks to the top of Croft Ambrey. Leave the Visitor Reception wooden building and follow signs ‘All walks’. Go through a kissing gate by a cattle grid on the right.

1. In about 100m, turn right by a blue waymark to start the gentle ascent along a track. On reaching a large gate, go through a small gate on the left onto a path through trees and then through another small gate on the right into a field walking over grass straight up the hillside. There is a post with a blue marker and a green plaque relating to a magnificent Spanish Chestnut tree. The track is hardly marked on the ground; stay about 40m from the ditch/hedge on the right.

2. Go through a kissing gate at the top of the meadow, join a forest track, go ahead, uphill; there is a ‘Croft Ambrey’ sign. A house is visible to the right. Enter ‘Croft Wood Forestry Commission’. Go straight ahead across a forest roadway (blue waymark on a post). Pass a National Trust information board, now going gently downhill. On reaching a junction of paths, go through a space by a fence on the right following signs to Croft Ambrey (ignore the stile on the left). Turn left by a National Trust sign, keep straight ahead and then start to climb up the hill fort curving to the right and then to the left. At the top there is a view of a great quarry and tiny villages such as Yatton Marsh and Leinthall Earls. The ramparts of the hill fort are in the opposite southerly direction. Return down the hill on the same path until reaching an unmarked stile ahead, go over it and turn right.

3. Stay with this narrow path just below the outer rampart of the hill for about 1/2km, a wonderful elevated promenade (this is the Mortimer trail). After a sharp little rise reach a well placed seat and more waymarks. Go through a waymarked gate and ignore a stile on the right.

4. Turn right, through a little gate immediately before the path begins to rise. The waymarks still include ‘Mortimer Trail’. Descend to a forest roadway at a signpost. Go straight across to continue down the path. Cross another forest roadway, staying with the same path and the same waymarks, now along the bottom of the attractive Fishpool Valley, steadily downhill. At the first major junction bear right, passing a small brick building and a former lime kiln.

5. A short distance past the first of several pools, turn right, then fork left in a few metres to rise steadily up the valley side. Go through a gate at the top. Head towards a post in the field and continue straight on, passing a large isolated tree before joining the outward route. Turn left to return to the car park.


Disclaimer: This route was correct at time of writing. However, alterations can happen if development or boundary changes occur, and there is no guarantee of permanent access. These walks have been published for use by site visitors on the understanding that neither HPB Management Limited nor any other person connected with Holiday Property Bond is responsible for the safety or wellbeing of those following the routes as described. It is walkers' own responsibility to be adequately prepared and equipped for the ‎level of walk and the weather conditions and to assess the safety and accessibility of the walk.


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