Overton Grange Hotel & Spa
Old Hereford Road, Ludlow, SY8 34AD, United Kingdom
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Undesirables Keep Out!!
Ludlow has an almost complete ring of town walls. They were built during the 1200's with a gatehouse at each entry point. Ludlow Castle walls form part of the town's defenses and the castle was never captured by force! The walls helped defend Ludlow from the pesky Parliamentarians during the English Civil War, the Castle only surrendered when the attackers began burning houses down outside the walled area. There seven gates through the walls but only the Broad Gate remains intact today (see separate tip).
OK, these are not the pretty, fairytale type of walls with ramparts, crenellations and walkways. They are massive, solid constructions. At points the walls are still around 30 feet high. Walk down College Street and Upper Linney to see them at their most impressive. Or they can be seen along St John's Road. Or at the bottom of Mill Street and along Silk Mill Lane. Not surprisingly after 760 years they can do with some repair to make them safe and I beleive the town need several million pounds to start the work.
"Lud-Slow" the UK's first Slow Food town
In 2004 Ludlow became the UK's first 'Slow Food' town. They became a member of the international movement "Cittaslow".
"Cittaslow" is a movement that was founded in Italy. Today it has supporters in 50 countries worldwide. It opposes the global dumbing-down of food quality. It supports local traditions, local breeds of farm animal, local crops. It supports good food and wine. It celebrates a way of life that people can enjoy.
Therefore Ludlow is officially a place where it is 'good to live', and this is extended to visitors of the town! Well that's what it says in their publicity and I quite believe it.
There are very few national 'high street' shops in the town. OK there is a tasteful Boots the Chemist and a bespoke designed Tesco's. But almost all Ludlow's shops are small and independent.
And of course Ludlow is famous for its food and drink. There is the annual Food & Drink Festival in September. And seven Michelin-starred restaurants. And regular food markets in the market square.
A unique pleasant, historic, community town, I don't know of any other in England quite like it!
A little east of Ludlow, south of Clee Hill, is a small cider producer called Mahorall Farm Cider. This is a small family farm that switched from dairy to making cider from local apples. This is not a big operation, but one where you can meet the owner, maker and marketer all in one person. We stopped by on a weekday afternoon and had a pleasant visit, complete with tasting and a look at the cider making operation. Very friendly. We bought a few bottles to take with us and continued on our route through the countryside.
You have to know where you are going to get here. It is off the B4214 between Clee Hill and Nash, on a road toward Hope Bagot. You turn left on a small dirt road, go through a gate (keep it closed so the sheep don't wander off) and continue to the farm.
Ludlow Castle - home of Kings
A friend told me there was not much to see at Ludlow Castle. But I visited anyway. And I think my friend was thinking of a different castle - Ludlow's 'pile' is verrry interesting!
Like everything else in Ludlow, there is loads of information notice boards on display around the castle grounds. It is great fun to explore, because there are many staircases, towers, ramparts and rooms open and accessible. At the very top of the main Keep you have incredible views over Ludlow Market, the Church, the River Teme and the Shropshire hills.
And there are some beautiful details if you look closely. The interesting Round Chapel (rare example) has a splendid decorated Norman arch. And gargoyles to hold the floor up!
Ludlow Castle supported King Charles during the English Civil War. Large parts of Ludlow's outskirts were burnt and knocked down as the Parliamentarians tried to capture the Castle (it eventually surrendered to save the town)!
During Ludlow's festivals the central area of the Castle, between the inner and outer moats, is used as an arena, for fairs and Shakespeare plays.
There is a large souvenir and gift shop at the Castle entrance. Some nice stuff!
Normal opening hours February-December 10am-4pm. Closes 5pm during Summer. Open weekends only in January. Current adult admission £4.
St Laurences Church
The church is again centrally located in Ludlow. We found it via a narrow street in the center of Ludlow.
It is a majestic building. It was mostly re-built in the mid-15th century but does have some earlier features
The tower of St. Laurence's is renown as having one of the finest group of 8 bells in the country
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Overton Grange Hotel & Spa
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Address: Old Hereford Road, Ludlow, SY8 34AD, United Kingdom