GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Golden Valley Herefordshire

11 miles (18 km)

This walk takes you through the beautiful Golden Valley in western Herefordshire. It's a very scenic area with the rolling countryside of thevalley of theRiver Doreand a number of pretty villages to enjoy.
The valley stretches from Ewyas Harold in the south to Dorstone in the north. There are several interesting historical sites to visit on the way including a formermediaevalCistercianmonastery andachamber tombfrom theNeolithicPeriod.
This walk starts from the village of Ewyas Harold which lies on the site ofEwyas Harold Castle, of which only the motte remains. From here you can pick up the Herefordshire Trail and follow it north through Ewyas Harold Common. The common contains an ancientgreenway,meadow saffron(left over from cultivation by the monks atDore Abbey), and lots of interesting wildlife.
Soon after leaving the common you will come to Abbey Dore and the remains of Dore Abbey. This formermediaevalCistercianmonasterywas built between 1175 and 1220 and restored in the 1630s.
After exploring the atmospheric ruins the route continues past Abbey Dore Court which includes lovely gardens which are open to the public on certain days. At this point you pick up a nice footpath running along the River Dore to Blackbush Farm. Here you cross the river on Moorhampton Bridge and follow another path toward Turnastone, Vowchurch and Peterchurch.
The final section of the walk follows a quiet country lane north west to the finish point at Dorstone. You can extend the walk slightly by continuing through the village north east to Arthur's Stone. TheNeolithicchambered tomb, orDolmen, dates from 3,700 BC – 2,700 BC. It is situated on the ridge line of a hill overlooking both theGolden Valleyand theWye Valley.

Golden Valley Herefordshire OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Golden Valley Herefordshire Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

The valley featured in the 1993 filmShadowlandsin both a painting and as an actual location.C.S. Lewis, the film's protagonist, owned a painting of a valley which to him, as a child, appeared to be heaven. Anthony Hopkins (as CS. Lewis) visits the valley in an emotive scene towards the end of the film.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby

Photos

Ewyas Harold Castle (Geograph 2291636 by Philip Halling)

Ewyas Harold Castle

Ewyas Harold Common - geograph.org.uk - 71637

Ewyas Harold Common. An open common area but grazing has only been sporadic since the 1960s and so there has a succession of vegetation through scrub (some in right of shot) to young woodland (at back). There has been some management to control bracken (hence bales) and re-instate grazing, encouraged by new Countryside Stewardship rules.

Dore Abbey, Abbey Dore - geograph.org.uk - 625166

Dore Abbey, Abbey Dore. The Eastern parts of a Cistercian abbey of 1175-80, restored in 1633. One of Herefordshire's jewels, no church lover should miss this wonderful place.

Abbey Dore Court Gardens

Abbey Dore Court Gardens

River Dore, Peterchurch - geograph.org.uk - 1555240

River Dore, Peterchurch. View of the River Dore from the bridge by the church

Arthur's Stone (5) - geograph.org.uk - 1759658

Arthur's Stone. In this view from the west it can be seen that a large section of the capstone has flaked away and fallen into the chamber below. At other times it seems that the site was robbed of stones for building purposes (and one possibly taken for an altarstone at Peterchurch) so that the original structure may have been larger: Francis Kilvert's informant in the 1878 spoke of it as being of a size to shelter a hundred sheep in its shadow.

Sundial in the village of Dorstone - geograph.org.uk - 45991

Sundial in the village of Dorstone

Dorstone - geograph.org.uk - 45993

Dorstone. The green in the centre of Dorstone, the disk on top of the pillar is a sundial

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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