10 top things to do in Ludlow while social distancing
1. Walk the Shropshire Way In 2019, volunteers completed a major refurbishment and new signage and waymarking of the Shropshire Way. It runs for over 200 miles in 2 loops within Shropshire and the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
2. Independent shops There is no ubiquitous-chain-store high street in Ludlow. You’ll find excellent independent shops run by knowledgeable and friendly owners with unique and interesting items. Some of the independents now provide pre-booked shopping slots. Browse cool and quirky gifts , clothes, food, antiques and art.
3. Food and walk festival Ludlow Food festival was started 25 years ago to showcase and celebrate fantastic local produce. It was the first food festival in the UK but, like other large gatherings, may be off the agenda this year or substantially changed. You can still get a fix of foodie fun in a more socially distanced way with Magnalonga.
Ludlow Food Festivals’ sister event - Magnalonga combines a walk of approx. 7 miles with several stops along the way to enjoy some of the best food and drink from Ludlow and surrounding areas. Sunday, 9th August http://www.magnalonga.co.uk/
4. See the most beautiful street in England Ludlow is a very attractive market town full of charm with over 900 years of architectural history and nearly 500 listed buildings Broad Street, has been described as the most beautiful street in Britain.. Enjoy a fantastic view from one of the outdoor tables at The Angel or Chichettis
5. Fishing The Teme River running through Ludlow is particularly beautiful and has very high quality water. It’s a designated area of scientific interest along the full length of the Teme and a haven to wildlife including otters and kingfishers, Free public fishing is available along several stretches of the river in Ludlow, although you’ll need a rod licence
6. Forage in Mortimer Forest This ancient forest with 1000 acres has rich wildlife and a great place to spot spectacular birds of prey. The forest is also host to incredible edibles including porcini and chanterelle mushrooms. Spend the day with experts to learn about, and enjoy eating, delicious mushrooms, herbs and fruits from the forest.
Wild Food foraging courses in Mortimer Forest – places available on Sat, 8th August and Sat, 19th September, Fri, 9th & 23rd October. https://www.wildfooduk.com/
7. Cycle Ludlow is home to several bike shops including the largest road bike shop in England, aptly named Epic Bikes. Unsurprisingly, the rolling hills, lack of motorways and scenery are popular with cyclists whether on road, or enjoying challenging trails through the forest.
8. Swim or paddle in the river –Down from the castle, next to Millennium Green, the clear water of the River Teme laps at a small island, perfect for paddling or swimming. Millennium Green is a gentle grassy slope with benches and the odd tree for shade, an ideal picnic spot.
9. Visit an architectural treasure “The perfect historic town” - Ludlow town centre is full of architectural beauty with very few modern buildings to interrupt the view of period properties. Ludlow castle is well worth a visit and sits at the edge of the Market Square in the centre of town. Allow a couple of hours to explore the castle and discover the people that made it famous.
10. Play Poo sticks Dinham bridge is a picture perfect 3 arch bridge built in 1829. It makes a beautiful scene in the foreground of Ludlow castle and is great for playing Poo sticks. Warning – this can be addictive!
11. Shop for local produce at the market Market Square is the beating heart of Ludlow, open on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday each week for general market, alternative Sundays for Antiques and Collectibles, Monthly for local produce.