Croft Ambrey Fort

Overview
Croft Ambrey is a British Iron Age hill fort in North Herefordshire, 10 km north of Leominster, and located on high ground within the Croft Castle estate. Take the Croft Ambrey Walk (3 miles) from Croft Castle (SO 451656) – a circuit exploring ancient trees and the spectacular ramparts of this Iron Age hillfort and encompassing farm and forestry tracks, field paths and pasture.
Directions, parking, access times and other facilities

Map reference: SO 445 668

Sat Nav/Post Code: HR6 0BL

Vehicular access: Entrance to Croft Castle is off the B4362, turning north at Cock Gate between Bircher and Mortimer’s Cross; the property is signposted from the A49 between Ludlow and Leominster, and from the A4110 at Mortimer’s Cross.

Access by foot: The Mortimer Trail waymarked long-distance footpath passes adjacent to the site; the site can also be accessed via footpaths from Bircher Common (to the north-east).

Other facilities: Refreshments and toilets available in the tearoom at Croft Castle or at The Bell in Yarpole (https://www.thebellatyarpole.co.uk/).

Maps: Ordnance Survey Explorer 203 & Landranger 149

 

What to see:
 
Resident Coal Tit, Marsh Tit, Bullfinch, Linnet, Yellowhammer, Meadow Pipit, Stonechat, Treecreeper, Jay, Raven, Green Woodpecker, Sparrowhawk and Goshawk
Winter Redwing, Fieldfare, Siskin, Brambling and occasionally Crossbill and Woodcock
Summer Tree Pipit, Redstart, Willow Warbler, Garden Warbler, Whitethroat and occasionally Wood Warbler
Spring/autumn Wheatear on passage
Resources:
https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/croft-castle-and-parkland/trails/croft-ambrey-walk Overview and walk details for this National Trust hill fort site.

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1001750 Scheduled monument designation details of this hill fort.

http://www.castlesfortsbattles.co.uk/midlands/croft_castle_ambrey.html History of this major hill fort and medieval fortification.

Nearby sites:
Croft Castle, Bircher Common, Berrington Hall, Shobdon Court Pools, Wigmore Rolls, Wapley Hill

Maps:
OS Map View (1:25,000)