Stay and walk: Charlie’s Cottage, Ludlow

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We welcome a lot of walkers to our holiday home and they are all amazed at the number of walks on our door step.

So where do we start? Our go-to walk and one of our favourites, is a circular walk to Whitcliffe Common through the town and home again via the Linney.

Rachel and Shaun, Charlie’s Cottage
Rachel and Shaun, Charlie’s Cottage

First, fortifications

At the top of our to-do list is a gentle stroll into the town to pick up picnic provisions from the two wonderful delis (Harp Lane Deli and Broad Bean Delicatessen) and some fresh bread from one of the bakeries (we are blessed with a few including two near the market square Price S C & Sons and Waltons).

We then head to the top of Broad Street to begin our walk. As we make our way downhill towards the town’s sole surviving medieval Broadgate, we take time to admire the grand Georgian houses in colourful splendor that line the street.

We reach the 16th century Ludford Bridge spanning the Teme and pause to look at the weir, which depending on the day and how wet it has been could be ferociously flowing and is a sight to see. We turn right just past the Charlton Arms up the flight of stone steps and follow the path up to “the” best vantage point of Ludlow at Whitcliffe Common.

We park ourselves on a bench and enjoy our picnic feast whilst gazing down onto lovely Ludlow and its magnificent 11th century castle.

View of Dinham Bridge

View of Dinham Bridge

Before we get too content, we head across the common to the right bottom corner and take the path there. In a short time, you reach a track with stone steps (known as the Donkey steps, as they are more suited to donkeys than humans!) and we descend to our left into the woods, eventually emerging by Dinham Bridge.  We make our way over the bridge to the CSONS Café on the Green, picking up a couple drinks from the café’s serving hatch.

From there, it’s a gentle meander along the Linney which eventually brings out to the road opposite Charlie’s Cottage.  Not only do we feel well exercised, but also that we have soaked up a lot of what Ludlow is about — great food, wonderful architecture, stunning views and a thriving market town atmosphere.  What’s not to love?

We are so looking forward to re-opening our doors to guests who are wanting to soak up the gastronomic delights of Ludlow and enjoy the freedom again to roam and explore our wonderful medieval market town, before returning to unwind in our pretty 17th century black and white holiday cottage, packed with original period features and mixed with modern luxuries. Eat, sleep, repeat…

To book or for more information contact Charlie’s Cottage