48 hours in Ludlow
Experience amazing food, stunning scenery and the ultimate relaxation in the south Shropshire hills
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
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
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 ■