Croft Castle

Overview
Croft Castle sits deep in the heart of North Herefordshire countryside surrounded by 600 hectares of historic woodland, farm and parkland. The parkland includes magnificent ancient oak, chestnut and hawthorn trees as well as stunning views of the castle and surrounding countryside. Ancient Tree Walk (1.5 miles) or a combined Carriage Ride/Fishpool Valley Walk (2.5 miles) are suggested.

Directions, parking, access times and other facilities

Map reference: SO 451 656

Sat Nav/Post Code: HR6 0BL

Vehicular access: Entrance 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 runs along the upland forest ridge on the northern edge of the Croft Estate. The site can also be accessed via footpaths from Bircher Common (to the north-east) and Lucton (to the south-west).

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

Maps: Ordnance Survey Explorer 203 & Landranger 149.

 

What to see:
Resident Coal Tit, Marsh Tit, Goldcrest, Treecreeper, Jay, Stock Dove, Green Woodpecker, Mandarin Duck, Moorhen, Coot, Grey Wagtail, Raven and Sparrowhawk
Winter Redwing, Fieldfare, Mistle Thrush, Siskin and Brambling
Summer House Martin, Swallow, Swift, Willow Warbler, Redstart and Spotted Flycatcher
Spring/autumn Wheatear on passage
 
Resources:
https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/croft-castle-and-parkland Overview and visitor details for this National Trust site.

http://herefordshirepast.co.uk/buildings/croft-castle-2/ History of Croft Castle including the original 11th century castle and the involvement of the Croft family through the centuries.

http://www.yarpole.com/index.php/about-yarpole-2 Some local area detail and interesting factual information.

Nearby sites:
Croft Ambrey, Bircher Common, Berrington Hall, Shobdon Court Pools, Wigmore Rolls, High Vinnals

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