Surrounding Area, Things to Do & See

For a list of festivals, fetes and fairs see bottom of page

Gateway to some of the most tranquil, beautiful and unspoilt country in England and Wales. Unlimited access to Forestry Commission land including Mortimer Forest and other woodlands with networks of public footpaths and bridleways for walking, riding and cycling. Dramatic parts of Offa’s Dyke and the Mortimer Trail with panoramic views of mid Wales, Shropshire and Herefordshire.  The Herefordshire Trail passes our door as do various Walking With Offa trails.  We’ve a splendid circular walk across the fields to Leintwardine.  Perfect for a swift half in the famous Sun Inn Parlour pub before dinner.

A walk in the park

Castle hunting from the romantic ruins of Clun to the mediaeval splendours of Stokesay is a must.  Wigmore Castle, the seat of the Mortimers sits upon the forested Rolls which can be seen from the house and there’s a glimpse of the romantic ruins of Brampton Bryan Castle to be seen from the back lane which leads down to its eponymous village.

Hopton Castle -scene of a bloody siege

Or spend a day steeple chasing from the tiny Heath Chapel set in a field to cathedral like St Laurence’s Church in Ludlow.  The Teme Valley Church Trail comprises six beautiful churches in the Border Marches from the “St Mary’s church by the water” at Llanfair Waterdine down to the church of St Mary Magdalene in Leintwardine.

St Barnabas’s Church, Brampton Bryan

We’ve a wealth of private, N T and English Heritage stately houses and gardens await a visit.  Croft Castle and Berrington Hall Go giddy climbing a spiral stair or lose yourself in a clematis maze.

Discover and explore ancient border towns with cobbled streets and gabled houses steeped in history. Shop ’till you drop and maybe commission some art in glass or go potty and buy a garden urn from leading artists at their studios. Follow the Black and White Village Trail and stop for afternoon tea or take the Cider Route for something stronger!

A little further afield is The Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage site: “a place of beauty and wonder – set in a wooded valley landscape with the River Severn flowing through en route from the hills of Mid Wales to the Bristol Channel”.  A fab drive up the Corvedale through the Shropshire countryside will take just under a hour from Lower Buckton – well worth a day out!
Be a sport and lower your handicap on some of the highest golf courses in England or be a wet and canoe down the River Teme.

River Teme walk

River Teme walk

Have a flutter ‘over the sticks’ at Ludlow Races – such a pretty course – meetings 10 times a year, Oct – May.

Be a culture vulture at Ludlow Festival and experience open-air Shakespeare in the Castle or jazz it up at The Bull Fringe – June / July.  The Hay Literary Festival is in May and in easy for staying at Lower Buckton

Sample gourmet grub at Ludlow’s Food and Drink Festivals and join in the famous sausage and beer trails and cheese tease – May and September.

Scratch about at the regular flea and antiques markets.

Just a few summer events in 2015 to make you want to come and stay at Lower Buckton!

Saturday/Sunday/Monday 2-4 May www.clungreenman.org.uk in Clun: live music, drama, colour and medieval malarkey and is fun for all.

Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 May www.springevent.org.uk in Ludlow: beer, bread & bangers plus vintage vehicles!

Thursday 26  May – Sunday 6 June www.hayfestival.com in Hay on Wye: literally the World’s best literary festival!

Saturday 13 June – Sunday 5 July – Ludlow Fringe Festival www.ludlowfringe.co.uk Quirky, individual and quintessentially Ludlow!

Saturday 11 July – The Mortimer Country Food Fair in Brampton Bryan: our very own festival organised by Carolyn and Aardvark Books and takes place just down the back lane! www.mortimercountryfoodfair.co.uk

Sunday 19 July The Ludlow Dog Day at Stokesay Court – www.ludlowdogday.co.uk – Barking Mad!

Sunday 9 August www.magnalonga.co.uk around Ludlow: eight mile mouth-watering walk with food & drink along the way.

Sunday 2 August Brampton Bryan Scarecrow Festival - The village is invaded by scarecrows and there are tours of Brampton Bryan Castle.

Saturday/Sunday 15 & 16 August English Civil War Society Re-enactment of the Siege of Brampton Bryan -  A battle with cannon, musket firing, pike actions AND cavalry! Yes, in 2015 there will be horses! We will also have a working reproduction printing press, as well as the living history village, stalls, activities for children including models and wargaming, and lots of 17th century fun! It all goes on down at The Aardarks!

Friday/Saturday/Sunday 11 – 13 September Ludlow Marches Food and Drink Festival – www.foodfestival.co.uk in Ludlow: the number one food fest in the country!

Saturday 12 September – Kington Horse and Agricultural Show www.kington.show.co.uk

Saturday 19 & Sunday 20 September – www.abergavennyfoodfestival.com in Abergavenny: Every food lovers’ favourite show.

Lower Buckton is located just into Herefordshire near Leintwardine, close to Ludlow in Shropshire and Knighton in Wales.  The many interesting places to visit include Ludlow, Much Wenlock, Ironbridge and the Black and White Villages of Herefordshire.

Castles:  Ludlow, Powis, Croft and Stokesay and National Trust properties and gardens galore. There are many walks in the area and horse riding can be arranged locally.

Attractions:  Stokesay Castle, Croft Castle, Powis Castle, Berrington Hall NT, Presteigne, Black and White Village Trail, Hereford Cathedral, The Priory Leominister Gardens, Powis Castle, Bryans Ground, Stockton Bury, Hergest Croft, Burford House, The Judge’s Lodgings, Elan Valley, Red Kite Centre, Ludlow Georgian Town, Castle, Mortimer Trail. Herefordshire Trail