A five minute walk along the lane brings you to the picturesque village of Yarpole set in the heart of rural North Herefordshire. A tranquil English village where you will find a grocery shop, post office & cafe all inside the church & the Bell Inn which is 20m further on up the lane (see information page for opening hours)
One mile away is Croft Castle set in extensive grounds - perfect for exploring & picnics
Set above the castle is the hill fort Croft Ambrey with far reaching views into Wales.
Ludlow is your nearest town 15 minutes away for grocery shopping with Tesco's, Aldi & a Co-Op.
Leominster is also 15 minutes away with a Morrisons, Aldi & Co-Op
We are 15 minutes from the historic town of Ludlow renowned for its award winning cuisine with over fifty restaurants, pubs, boutique cafes & even a Michelin starred restaurant to choose from. A vibrant market town which hosts a medieval fair, food festival, green fair & twice weekly market set infront of the stunning backdrop of Ludlow castle.
Ludlow Castle; loose yourself in the fascinating history of treachery, love & royalty at the castle set in the heart of the bustling town surrounded by glorious countryside. Take a stroll down to the river & weir at Dinham directly below the castle (a favourite spot for summer swimming) The Green Cafe on the river bank is one of the best cafes in Ludlow, you can wander along the leafy riverbank - the 'Bread walk' across the bridge which connects to the lower weir & the Charlton Arms which has lovely roof terraces overlooking the river.
Market days are Monday, Friday & Saturday with an additional market from April to September on a Wednesday. Specialist antiques & craft markets are held throughout the year. See www.ludlow.org.uk for events.
Stop for coffee or afternoon tea whilst sight seeing in Ludlow at The Feathers Hotel described in the New York Times as "The most handsome inn in the world", it is internationally recognised for its beautiful Jacobean architecture and medieval heritage.
The Bull ring, Ludlow, SY81AA 01584875261
Eating Out: Ludlow & the surrounding area:
The Riverside, Aymestrey,HR69ST 01568708440 (2 miles)
The Boot, Orleton serving a traditional Shropshire Sunday lunch Sy84HN 01568780228 (1.5 miles)
The Salwey Arms,iconic 18th century Georgian Coaching Inn,next to the A49, Woofferton, south of Ludlow SY84AL,01584711510 (3 miles)
Ludlow is 15 minutes away
Fish House Shop ranked #1 of 69 restaurants in Ludlow SY8 1AB 01584879790
The Globe, Ludlow 01584874212 Chang Thai Restaurant –
Golden Moments, Ludlow.01584878488 Indian Restaurant
Shapla, 58 Broad st, Ludlow.01584875153 Indian Restaurant
Bistro 7 of Ludlow, Corve St,SY81DB 01584877412
Mr Underhill's at Dinham Weir. Michelin starred restaurant at the foot of the casle ramparts on the river bank. SY8 1EH Ludlow 01584874431
Pizza Ten, artisan pizza restaurant, Wednesday to Sunday, Quality Square, Ludlow SY8 1AR 01584879450
The Baker's Arms, Orleton;2 miles in Ludlow Direction SY8 4JB 01584831686
The meandering river in the nearby village of Leintwardine is great for paddling & swimming, lie on the riverbank & watch the Sand Martins swoop in & out their nests in the bank below you.
Visit The Sun Inn one of the last remaining traditional parlour pubs in the UK where you can order fish & chips from the chippy next door & have them delivered to your table in the pub.
Directions: over bridge, turn immediately right, chippy on left, The Sun is 20mtrs further on SY70LP 01547540705
The Lion, Leintwardine is the perfect place to unwind with a glass of wine in the riverside garden. Tel 01547540203 SY7 0JZ
The Jolly Frog is well know for fine fresh seafood & handmade pizzas from their own wood burning oven in the restaurant.
The Toddings, Leintwardine SY7 0LX Tel 01547540105
Out & About
Acton Scott Historic Working Farm As seen on BBC2's 'Victorian Farm' see traditional 19th century farm life unfold daily on the land worked by heavy horses. Hand milking demonstrations, traditional craft courses, events throughout the year. Check website as occasionally closed for private functions.01694781307 SY6 6QN www.actonscott.com
(36 mins away)
Hay on Wye is world famous for one thing – books, a book lovers paradise. There are millions of them – mostly second hand. The castle, fire station & cinema are bookshops, even the alley ways are book shops. The town has a global reputation for the Hay Festival of literature in May with a mix of comedy, music & current affairs.
Hay has a number of galleries, antique shops & craft shops. Try sheep's milk ice cream at Shepherds or explore nearby Hay Bluff with it's spectacular views over the Brecon Beacons.
Explore family rooms & servants quarters plus a collection of Georgian costumes. Relax outside by the lake or wander along on one of the three way -marked paths through one of Capability Brown's final landscapes. 11 minutes away.
01568615721 Near Leominster HrR6 0DW
Hampton Court 15th Century Medieval castle, award winning gardens complete with a maze,waterfall & sunken gardens
Near Leominster close to the junction of the A49 & A417 HR6 0PN (15mins away)
Small Breeds Farm & Owl Center
One of the finest collections of owls in Europe, wonderful collection of miniature, rare & friendly animals. Open everyday. Kington (14 miles) HR53HF Tel 01544231109
Secret Hills Discovery Center meet the Shropshire mamoth, take a virtual balloon ride over the hills & explore the 30 acre meadow. Set in a unique grass roofed building with a cafe. Open daily 10-5pm 01588676060 Situated beside the A49 on the southern outskirts of Craven Arms, 7 miles north of Ludlow (less than 1 mile from Stokesay Castle) SY7 9RS (30 mins away)
Croft Castle sits deep in the heart of 1500 acres of historic woodland, farm and parkland. Home to the Croft family for nearly 1000 years, this castle has many powerful stories to tell. The main house, grounds & church are open to the public. Outside explore the working walled garden complete with historic orchards & vineyard. Take a stroll through the parkland up to Croft Ambrey an Iron Age hill fort with far reaching views to the Brecon beacons, or follow one of the woodland trails. Croft castle has a varied calendar of events including battle re -enactments,art instillations, beer festivals & Shakespearian plays on the lawn. The tea rooms serve food made from the fresh produce grown in the castle garden, serving breakfast, afternoon tea & even Sunday lunch. Other facilities include a Mini castle play area, National Trust giftshop & a second hand bookshop.
Tel 01568780246 HR6 9PW
The Hill Fort at Croft Ambrey is one of the most significant hill forts in the country. The site covers thirty two acres acres & was occupied for about 600 years. It was made up of a vast number of round houses within its massive earthen ramparts. Today it offers a wonderful opportunity for a circular walk from the Castle, perfect for a picnic or watching the sun set on a late summer's evening with views as far as the Brecon Beacons.
Located above Croft Castle, follow the signed paths.
Oaker Wood Leisure has group activities; paint balling, clay pigeon shooting,quad biking & tree top adventures. Situated 1 mile away outside Yarpole village. HR69PT 01568780111
Adventure & further afield - for a more adventurous day try flying, gliding over The Long Mynd, mountainbiking or horse riding!
Your yurt is the perfect base to explore from, Offa's Dyke path, Britain’s longest archaeological monument meanders through nearby border countryside. The Offa's Dyke center is located in Knighton. LD71EN
The Shropshire Hills are an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, off the beaten track & tranquil, it is rich in geology & wildlife with activities for all levels. Watch native ponies grazing on the rugged hills of the Long Mynd, glyders soaring from its hilltop school & with its steep escarpment it has become a favourite jumping off spot for para-gliders.
The Midland Gliding Club is on top of the Long Mynd, 5 miles from Church Stretton SY66TA 01588650206 (25 miles away)Trial lessons available. It is well worth watching the bungee launch of the gliders in this spectacular location,the launch area is easily visible from the roadside.
With the border of Wales a stones throw away there is spectacular hill walking on the Herefordshire/Powys border; try Hergest Ridge at Kington 15 mins by car. Over the border into Powys the Elan Valley Reservoir for rugged wild countryside. The Styper Stones or Hay Bluff.
Take to the skies from Shobdon Airfield with a trial flight or hire a small plane (plane seats 4 including instructor). Try microlight flying, gliding or helicopter rides from Tiger Helicopters. Hotspurs the WW2 cafe is open seven days a week,15 mins away 01568708369
Horse riding in the Mortimer forest at North Farm Establishment which overlooks the historic town of Ludlow.
01584872026 SyH 2HD
Cycling & Mountain biking
The South Shropshire countryside is an ideal cycling area. The beautiful hilly countryside which includes the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has many quiet country lanes, forest areas and planned routes to suit cyclists of all abilities. If your looking for mountain biking then your spoilt for choice!On our doorstep are some of the best mountain biking locations:
Bringe Wood is a fast well built mountain bike course that has been used for the national championships, it has jumps, rock sections & drops with different lines to choose from. Approx 8 miles from your yurt via Ludlow.
Bucknell Downhill track near Hopton is a brand new venue with a course designed by Marc Beaumont,TV presenter and broadcaster, record breaking round the world cyclist and ultra endurance adventurer.
Bucknell Woods SY7 0BN Approx 20 mins away by car.
Five minutes away from Bucknell are Hopton Woods. Hopton's most exciting downhill runs are for the seasoned mountain biker, the berms, descents, jumps and turns will test the skills of even the most experienced riders in search of thrills. A waterproof mountain bike trail guide is available for £1 and available from the Secret Hills Discovery Centre in Craven Arms or from the Forestry Commission's District Office please ring 01889 586593 for details.
The Forestry Commission in conjunction with Pearce Cycles offers mountain bike uplift weekend at both venues, it is essential to make a booking. For further details contact Pearce cycles on 01584 876016.
Hopton Wood is situated eight miles west of Craven Arms (Postcode: SY7 0QF), off the B4385 to Clun adjacent to the village of Hopton Castle.
Trail Rides offer guided bike rides for all levels, coaching for improving your all round ability & navigation skills
Explore the Black and White Village Trail covering 40-miles around Herefordshire villages, with lots of examples of timber-framed buildings and churches in their village settings. The circular trail is marked with brown and white tourist signs to guide you.