Mortimer Forest is a forest on the Shropshire/Herefordshire border in England, near the town of Ludlow. It covers a hilly terrain, including the marilyn of High Vinnalls which rises to 375 metres (1,230 ft).
Mortimer Forest was an ancient hunting forest, like similar areas including Bircher Common. According to the Forestry Commission, it is a remnant of the ancient Saxon hunting forests of Mocktree, Deerfold and Bringewood. Remains of this 'ancient battleground' include a castle mound that was owned by powerful Marcher lords, who had considerable fortified bases at Wigmore and Ludlow. The name of the forest derives from the Mortimers, who were Marcher lords.
Mortimer Forest is located on the county boundary of Shropshire and Herefordshire, in the West Midlands region of England. The OS positioning is: SO480730, it is near the town of Ludlow, which is on the A49 road.
Mortimer Forest has typical forest climate, with lower-than-average light levels and a slightly cooler temperature. It is also in a hilly part of England, meaning it has a damp climate.
The limestones and shales of Mortimer Forest are around 400 million years old, making them round the Silurian/Ordivician age. Fossils are common in the Mortimer Forest, especially corals, trilobites and shells. This indicates that at one time the Mortimer Forest area was underwater.
Mortimer Forest is owned by the Forestry Commission, who have done a number of things to facilitate tourists, including a website, signage, picnic tables, car parks, and laying out walking tracks for different fitness abilities.
- "Mortimer Forest, South Shropshire" Worcester News 23 February 2009 Retrieved 17 May 2011