3 things to know about Ludlow Magnalonga

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Written byClaire Hunte

Ludlow Food Festival is hosting its annual Magnalonga event on Sunday 14 August 2022. It’s a wonderful tradition of combining walking with some of the region’s best food and wine. This year the 9-mile scenic trek is in Mortimer Forest. Ahead of the event, here are three things to know about the Ludlow Magnalonga.

1. Say it together – MAG – NA – LONG – AH, but what does it mean?

The Ludlow Magnalonga follows in a similar tradition as its Italian conceptual sister in the wine region of Valpolicella (Ludlow’s twin town), where visitors wend their way through the local landscape across fields, exploring olive groves and vineyards while sampling gastronomic delights — all of it to bring people closer to the land and products. The Ludlow Magnalonga, for the past 19 years, brings hundreds of people together to sample the countryside, taking you along quiet lanes and tracks that share the glory of the territory, lovely views, and gorgeous fare. It’s also about the local producers in the Marches area, so stops are included where you can sample and enjoy nourishing refreshments and drinks (such as local real ale, traditional local perry or cider, or other drink with a local connection) to help you on your way!

2. This year, our walk will be…

At the top! Mortimer Forest Ludlow Food Magnalonga

In Mortimer Forest! Based on Shropshire/Herefordshire border, it’s 1,000 hectares of natural beauty. Mortimer Forest, a remnant of Saxon hunting forests, is hilly with some steep climbs, replete with limestone ridges and the viewing platform at its highest point. However, the route does incorporate stiles, rough tracks, and those steep hills, so be ready.

3. It’s a trek and not a race

Soak up the views in Mortimer Forest at Ludlow Magnalonga

However, although Mortimer Forest is very much a walker’s paradise, there’s nothing competitive about the Magnalonga. There’s no personal best to accomplish unless it’s to how much of a great time you expect to have! The day’s menu showcases a selection of the best local food and drink in Shropshire and the Marches and includes a four-course meal with drink pairings served along the way.

Well-behaved dogs are welcomed but they must be kept on short leads and owners are asked to pick up behind them. Also to be aware that the route does include gates and stiles that may not be accessible to larger dogs.
Book now. Limited tickets are available: adults are £32pp and children, and non-drinkers are £30pp

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3 things to know about Ludlow Magnalonga

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