This area of common land in Bromyard has some nice walking trails and a fine pub to visit.
You can start the walk from the car park on the Downs at postcode HR7 4QP. It's located just to the north east of the town. From here you can pick up a series of trails taking you to gorse, grassland, woodland and coppice. It's great for flora and fauna with lovely wildflowers attracting various butterflies during the summer months. Birdlife includes cuckoo, bullfinch, marsh tit, lesser spotted and green woodpecker, woodcock, and stock dove.
The Downs are also in an elevated postion, over 700 feet above sea level. As such there are fine views towards the Clee Hills from the high points.
The area has an interesting history, having once been a race-course, a golf-course and even a rifle-range.
PostcodeHR7 4QP - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
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The Royal Oak is located close to the car park at the start of the route. The pub dates back to the 18th century and includes a lovely beer garden where you can sit out and enjoy some fine homemade food.
The tracks on the Downs are ideal for dog walking so you'll probably see plenty of other owners on your visit. The Royal Oak mentioned above is also dog friendly. Another good local place for dogs is the nearby Bringsty Common where there's also a commonside dog friendly pub.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
The downs are located just to the west of the National Trust's Brockhampton Estate. Here you'll find miles of good trails.
The long distance Worcestershire Way passes through the area. You can pick up the waymarked trail in Knightwick to further explore the surrounding countryside.
For more walking ideas in the county see the Herefordshire Walks page.