After exhausting (!) research, JJ has been forced to admit that starting the 4 days of walking with a 20+ mile near marathon is a bit much to expect of Reluctant Ramblers.
So, the walking will now begin from Aymestrey at lunchtime and take 12 miles along the Mortimer Trail to Ludlow Castle.
The other good news is that less exhausting research has discovered the Riverside pub [ 01568 708440 ] in Aymestrey where Richard is a very welcoming host. This is a good eating pub. Meet at 11.30 for an early lunch then a 12.30 start. There are benches outside if the weather is good.