The compact market town of Cleobury Mortimer – or simply ‘Cleobury’ – lies on the banks of the River Rea and Pudding Brook, in the county of Shropshire. Nestled between the Clee Hills and the Wyre Forest, it is a stone’s throw from classic walking routes, including the Mortimer Trail and the Severn Way. Take a wander from your Cleobury Mortimer holiday cottage and you will discover elegant streets, lined with some of the region’s best examples of Georgian half-timber architecture. A variety of independent businesses can be found in the town centre, including a butcher, a bakery and a greengrocer, where you can buy fresh produce from the surrounding countryside.
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There are many historic landmarks to look out for in Cleobury Mortimer, including St Mary’s Church, featuring a crooked spine and walls which lean at extreme angles as the high street descends towards the river. Don’t miss the highest bakery in Shropshire, at the top of Clee Hill, serving delicious bread and cakes. Popping into one of the town’s cosy, old pubs is essential on self-catering holidays in Cleobury Mortimer. A pint of real ale from Hobson Brewery is highly recommended. Catherton Park is a popular spot for a stroll or picnic, just north of the town centre.
A short drive east from your Cleobury Mortimer holiday cottage, Stourport-on-Severn is a Georgian canal town with a range of family-run businesses including Laurence Gough and Sons Butchers and Green Grocer, famous for its homemade pies and dry-cured ham and bacon. For a relaxing look at the region’s rolling hills and fields, climb aboard one of the Severn Railway’s steam trains in nearby Bewdley or Kidderminster, and watch the Marches float by as you cross the border into Shropshire. The medieval city of Worcester is well worth a visit, a few miles further east from Cleobury Mortimer.