48 hours in Ludlow

Ex­pe­ri­ence amaz­ing food, stun­ning scenery and the ul­ti­mate re­lax­ation in the south Shrop­shire hills

YOURS (UK) - - Contents - By Gabrielle Al­bert

Visit

Set in the heart of this quaint mar­ket town, Ludlow Cas­tle is one of the finest and old­est me­dieval cas­tles in Eng­land. Ex­plore the twists, turns and hid­den pas­sage­ways once roamed by kings, queens, princes and no­bil­ity. Feel­ing brave? Take the spi­ral stair­case and climb your way to the top of the tower to en­joy su­perb panoramic views of Shrop­shire. With so much out­stand­ing nat­u­ral beauty, Ludlow is an ideal base for na­ture-lov­ing walk­ers. For a re­laxed ram­ble pay a visit to the beau­ti­ful Mor­timer For­est – home to an­cient wood­land trees, wildlife ponds, quar­ries and play ar­eas. Take in the sights of fields of blue­bells, av­enues of wild gar­lic and amaz­ing ar­rays of wild flow­ers, plus in­cred­i­ble views down the Mary Knoll Val­ley.

■ Ludlow Cas­tle 01584 874465 or visit www.lud­low­cas­tle.com

Eat

Whether you’re vis­it­ing for a spe­cial oc­ca­sion or a ca­sual get-to­gether, Bistro 7 is the place to go. The cheese ravi­oli – com­plete with silky pasta and creamy sage and but­ter sauce – won’t dis­ap­point.

Got a sweet-tooth? Round off your meal with a deca­dent salted caramel and peanut but­ter cheese­cake. This for­mer Post Of­fice-turned-restau­rant is a hit with tourists and lo­cals, so book ahead.

For a spot of lunch, head to The Green Café, nes­tled on the banks of the River Teme. It’s the per­fect place to en­joy pic­turesque views of the hill­sides and abun­dant wildlife. ■ Bistro 7 of Ludlow 01584 877412 or visit www.bistro7oflud­low.co.uk ■ The Green Café 01584 879872 or visit www.the­green­cafe.co.uk

Stay

En­joy the serene south Shrop­shire coun­try­side on a visit to Fish­more Hall. Sit­u­ated just a mile from Ludlow town cen­tre, this stun­ning Geor­gian bou­tique ho­tel boasts lux­ury and charm with its French sash win­dows, plush de­signer bath­rooms and views over the Clee hills. A stay here wouldn’t be com­plete with­out a trip to the ho­tel’s very own gar­den spa. Take a dip in the ther­mal cedar well­ness tub or choose from a se­lec­tion of sooth­ing aro­mas in the sauna and steam room. Dou­ble rooms from £83. Call 01584 875148 or visit www. fish­more­hall.co.uk

Ludlow Cas­tle over­looks spec­tac­u­lar Shrop­shire scenery ■

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