With the beautiful Wye Valley and the wonderful Malvern Hills Herefordshire has a number of attractive walking options.
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|Bringsty Common||2 miles (3 km)||This large area of common land near Bromyard is a great place for walkers. The area covers over 200 acres with lots of footpaths to follow to the common's lakes, streams and pockets of woodland. Look out for pretty bluebells in the spring and a variety of birdlife on your walk. There's also splendid views towards the Malvern Hills and the surrounding Worcestershire and Herefordshire countryside. You can enjoy refreshments in the common-side cafe or pub after your exercise.|
It's easy to extend your walk by heading to the Brockhampton Estate which is right next to the common. The 1,700 acre estate has lots of good walking trails, a lake, streams and woodland to explore.
The Worcestershire Way runs through Knightwick, just to the east of the common. The path will take you south to Ravenshill Wood and the Suckley Hills. Head north and you can visit Woodbury Hill, the River Teme valley and Abberley.
|Brockhampton Estate||2 miles (2.5 km)||The Brockhampton Estate in Herefordshire has a number of excellent waymarked walking trails to follow. The trails take you through large areas of ancient oak woodland with oak carved sculptures to look out for on the way. There are also waterside paths around the small lake and along the pretty stream. Look out for a variety of wildlife including buzzard, heron, woodpecker, and nuthatch. |
The estate covers 1,700 acres so you can extend your walk and visit the relaxing orchards and the 14th century moated manor house. There's also acres of farmland with Hereford cattle and Ryeland sheep.
It's easy to extend your walk by heading to the nearby Bringsty Common. It's right next to the estate and consists of miles of lovely footpaths with great views towards the Malvern Hills. You could also pick up the Worcestershire Way in Knightwick and explore the Suckley Hills and the River Teme valley.
|Croft Ambrey||2 miles (4 km)||Climb to this Iron Age Hill Fort and enjoy great views over the Herefordshire countryside. The walk starts from the National Trust's Croft Castle car park. You can explore the beautiful parkland and gardens surrounding the castle before starting your climb to the fort. The route takes you through Croft Wood with its ancient woodland consisting of Spanish chestnut trees. At the top of the hill you can follow footpaths around the fort and enjoy wonderful views to the Welsh hills and mountains.|
To extend your walk you can follow the Mortimer Trail north to Mortimer Forest and the splendid viewpoint at High Vinnalls. You can also further explore the 1500 acres of parkland and farmland on the Croft Castle estate. At the 19th century Fish Pool Valley you can enjoy pretty streams and Oak, Ash, Willow, Poplar and Evergreen woodland.
|Daffodil Way||9 miles (14 km)||Explore the pretty countryside, orchards and woodland surrounding the village of Dymock on this circular walk in the Forest of Dean. The trail runs for about 9 miles through Dymock Woods and Kempley Green with lots of wild Daffodils to look out for in early spring. Also look out for bluebells and butterflies in the section through Dymock Woods.|
To extend the walk you could further explore the woods which include Hay Wood and Queen's Wood.
The Poet's Path also runs past Dymock. You could pick this up and enjoy a walk along the river Leadon to Ketford.
|Eyebrook Reservoir||5 miles (8 km)||Enjoy a circular walk around this lovely reservoir near Corby. You can park at the car park at the north eastern end of the water off Main Street in Stoke Dry. The village of Stoke Dry is reputed to be the place where the Gunpowder Plot was hatched. The village has an interesting medieval church dedicated to Saint Andrew. |
You can pick up footpaths along the reservoir from the car park. The site includes some nice pockets of woodland and lots of wildlife. Look out for badger, fox, otter, muntjac deer, osprey, red kite, buzzards and various wildfowl on the water. Sightings include widgeon, pochard, teal and smew.
It's a beautiful area with the reservoir surrounded by rolling countryside of Leicestershire, Rutland and Northamptonshire.
If you'd like to extend your walk you could pick up the Rutland Round which passes the reservoir. You could head to nearby Uppingham and Wardley Wood or the village of Lyddington. Here you can visit the Grade I listed Lyddington Bede House, owned by English Heritage.
You can explore the country lanes on the western side of the reservoir using the google street view link below.
|Garway Hill||1 miles (1.5 km)||Climb across Garway Common to the summit of Garway Hill on this walk in in south-west Herefordshire. There is a car park on the south eastern corner of the common where you can pick up the footpath to the hill. From the 1200ft (366m) summit there are splendid views over the Bristol Channel into Wales. On a clear day you can see Ross-on-Wye, May Hill, Skirrid Fawr, Sugarloaf Mountain and the Forest of Dean. After climbing the hill you can pick up any number of footpaths to explore the rest of Garway Common.|
To extend your walking in the area you could head to nearby Grosmont and pick up the Three Castles Walk. Also nearby is Kentchurch Court. The grade I listed stately home has beautiful gardens and a deer park.
|Geopark Way||111 miles (179 km)||Meandering its way for 109 miles through the Abberley and Malvern Hills Geopark from Bridgnorth to Gloucester, the Geopark Way passes through stunning countryside as it explores 700 million years of geological history. The trail offers varied walking alongside rivers, through forests, along ridges and across valley floors; all with majestic views to match. Passing through an assortment of habitats there is a plethora of wildlife adding to the occasion. Quaint villages and towns dot the route bringing further elements of exploration and enchantment.|
|Goodrich Castle and Coppet Hill||6 miles (9 km)||Explore the Goodrich Castle estate before climbing to Coppet Hill on this walk in Herefordshire. There's fascinating history, woodland trails and great views from the high points to enjoy.|
You can start the walk from the Goodrich Castle car park. First explore the ruinous Norman medieval castle described by Wordsworth as the 'noblest ruin in Herefordshire'. Then follow the footpaths south through Goodrich before climbing Coppet Hill. The hill is also a nature reserve with woodland and lots of wildlife. Look out for butterflies, deer and a variety of birdlife. From the high points of the hill you can see the Brecon Beacons, the Clee Hills and the Malvern Hills.
You can use the google street view link below to virtually explore part of the castle grounds and see the great views you get of the surrounding Herefordshire woodland and countryside.
To extend your walking in this lovely area you could pick up the Wye Valley Walk and enjoy a waterside walk along the River Wye. Follow the river south east and it will take you towards Welsh Bicknor, Lower Lydbrook and the Forest of Dean. Eventually you will come to Symonds Yat Rock where there are woodland trails and wonderful views over the Wye Valley.
The castle and hill are located a few miles south of Ross-on-Wye. You could follow the riverside path from the town as an alternative route.
|Haugh Woods||2 miles (4 km)||These woods in Hereford have mountain bike trails and a Butterfly Trail for walkers. The area covers about 850 acres so there's plenty of different trails to try. It's great for wildlife with over 600 recorded species of butterfly and moth. Families can enjoy nice easy walking trails with picnic benches to rest and refresh yourselves. The Haugh Wood Butterfly Trails are particularly popular. You can follow the waymarked trails and look out for the information boards which show you the different types of butterfly you may see on your walk. You can pick up all the trails from Haugh Wood car park in the centre of the woods.|
There's lots of footpaths to choose from including the Three Choirs Way long distance trail which runs right through the wood. The Wye Valley Walk also skirts the western edge of the woods. You could actually follow the waymarked path from Hereford all the way to the woods as an alternative route.
The woods also link with the Mordiford Loop. The circular trail takes you through the orchards, woodland and countryside surrounding the village.
|Hay Bluff||1 miles (1.5 km)||This is a popular climb to Hay Bluff hill in the Black Mountains. The hill straddles the border of Wales and England. Most of the area lies within Powys with the eastern flanks in Herefordshire. From the summit there are wonderful views over the Wye Valley and the Welsh Mountains.|
This walk starts from the Hay Bluff car park located just half a mile north west of the hill. However, you could also start the walk from Hay-on-Wye. Just follow the Offa's Dyke Path south from the town centre for about three miles and you will reach the hill. The path passes Cusop and Tack Wood before arriving at the car park and Stone Circle at the foot of the climb.
The route to the 677 m (2,221 ft) passes Ffynnon y Parc on a good path. You can further explore the area as the entire hill is designated as open country so walkers have the freedom to roam at will.
You can extend your walk by continuing south along the Offa's Dyke Path to the nearby Black Mountain South Top and the Hatterrall Ridge. Also nearby is a similar short climb to Lord Hereford's Knob (Twmpa).
|Herefordshire Trail - Ross on Wye to Bromyard||35 miles (56 km)||The Herefordshire Trail takes you on a tour of the area's prettiest villages, rivers, parks, woodland, countryside and hills. This section runs from Ross on Wye to the town of Bromyard via Ledbury.|
Starting in Ross on Wye the trail heads north to the riverside settlement of Hole-in-the-Wall. You then turn east and head to Crow Hill, passing the woodland of Eaton Park on the way. From here the route turns north again towards Ledbury, with some long countryside sections interrupted with woodland trails through Yatton Wood and Hoar Wood. You'll pass the villages of Putley and Aylton on this part of the walk. There's also nice views of Marcle Ridge and Marcle Hill. You can cllimb the ridge and enjoy some fabulous views the Malvern Hills, the Cotswold Hills, the Wye Valley, the Brecon Beacons and the Black Mountains.
The next section takes you north from Ledbury to Coddington, passing Wellington Heath, Frith Wood and Berrington Wood on the way. You continue to Bosbury and Bishops Frome before finishing at the town of Bromyard.
The route runs very close to the Wye Valley Walk for part of the way.
|Hergest Ridge||4 miles (6.5 km)||Cross the Hergest Ridge on this splendid walk on the England Wales border. The ridge runs between Kington in Herefordshire to the little village of Gladestry in Powys, Wales. It's an exhilirating and beautiful way to cross the border between the two countries. The route runs for about 4 miles along the Offa's Dyke Path reaching a height of 426 m (1,398 ft). There are fabulous panoramic views of the Welsh Hills and English countryside as you make your way across the ridge. The beautiful area inspired the 1974 album 'Hergest Ridge' by the English musician Mike Oldfield.|
You can start the walk in the centre of Kington, picking up the trail on Ridgebourne Road and following it west up to the ridge. The route then passes Yeld Wood and Hanter Hill before descending into Gladestry where you can enjoy refreshments. The route also passes a disused Victorian circular country racecourse, popular between 1825 and 1846. You can still see the markings about half way along the ridge.
To extend your walk you can continue along the path towards Newchurch. The Mortimer Trail also passes through Kington so you can also pick up this path and explore the Herefordshire countryside north of the town.
|High Vinnalls||2 miles (4 km)||Climb to this wonderful viewpoint on this circular walk in Mortimer Forest in Ludlow. It's a challenging climb with the High Vinnals viewpoint reaching a height of over 1200ft. From the high points there are fabulous panoramic views over the surrounding Herefordshire countryside.|
This walk uses part of the Mortimer Trail long distance footpath. It starts at the High Vinnalls car park but you could start from Ludlow and follow the Mortimer Trail through the Mary Knoll Valley to reach the hill. To extend your walk you could follow the trail south to Croft Ambrey Hill Fort and woods. You'll also find the magnificent Croft Castle surrounded by 1500 acres of parkland, farmland and woods. Just to the east of the hill you will also find Overton Common and a deer park.
|Malvern Hills||8 miles (13 km)||This walk takes you the full length of the Malvern Hills from End Hill in North Malvern to Chase End Hill at the southern end. The Hills divide the counties of Herefordshire and Worcestershire and are covered with numerous footpaths and bridleways. |
The start point for the walk is the car park at North Malvern in the 19th century spa town of Great Malvern. You then pass End Hill, Table Hill and Sugarloaf Hill on your way to Worcestershire Beacon. At 425 m (1,394 ft) the Beacon is the highest point in the Malverns and offers fabulous views of Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Gloucestershire, the Cotswolds, the Welsh Mountains and the Severn Valley.
You continue to Jubilee Hill, Black Hill and Herefordshire Beacon where you will find a British Iron Age hill fort earthwork and the British Camp reservoir. Next you come to Hangman's Hill, and Swinyard Hill before arriving at the interesting Midsummer Hill where you will find an Iron Age hill fort which spans Midsummer Hill and Hollybush Hill. There are also splendid views of Eastnor Castle and lake.
The final section takes you over Raggedstone Hill to the finish point at the end of the range, known as End Hill.
It's a delightful walk on good footpaths with fabulous views throughout. Also look out for the springs and fountains dotted along the hills.
|Marcle Ridge Circular Walk||4 miles (6 km)||Climb to Marcle Ridge and enjoy splendid views towards the Malvern Hills on this circular walk in Herefordshire. It's a lovely area with attractive woodland areas and interesting plants such as orchids and spurge laurel to look out for. From the elevated position on the ridge there are super views of the Cotswold Hills, the Wye Valley, the Brecon Beacons and the Black Mountains.|
There's a parking area off Glowson Wood Rd where you can start your walk. Pick up the footpath here and follow it north through Hoar Wood to Hooper's Oak. The route then turns west and then south to Hyde Common and Lyndalls Wood. The final section takes you along Ridge Hill before returning to the car park where there is a picnic area nearby.
The Three Choirs Way and the Herefordshire Trail both pass Marcle Ridge so it's easy to extend your walking in the area. If you head north west along the Three Choirs Way you could visit Broadmoor Common and Haugh Woods where there's lots more footpaths and wildlife to look out for. Heading north will take you across Marcle Hill to Woolhope Cockshoot.
|May Hill||1 miles (2 km)||Climb this hill on the Gloucestershire/Herefordshire border for wonderful views over the two counties, the Forest of Dean and the River Severn. On a clear day you can also see the Cotswolds and the Black Mountains in Wales.|
The walk starts from the May Hill Common car park about a mile north of the hill. You then climb to the 1000ft (305m) summit where you will find a distinctive row of Corsican pine trees planted to commemorate Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee in 1887. The summit is also covered in interesting flora such as acid grassland, heather and bluebells in the spring. Look out for wildlife including ponies and meadow pipits on the way.
You can return the same way or venture into the adjacent Newent Woods and visit Glasshouse Hill and Castle Hill Wood to extend your walk. The Gloucestershire Way and the Wysis Way both pass the hill so you could also pick up these long distance walking trails.
An alternative route to the hill would be to follow the Wysis Way from nearby Mitcheldean.
|Mordiford Loop||4 miles (6 km)||This waymarked circular walk explores the countryside and woodland around the Herefordshire village of Mordiford. The area comprises of a number of pretty orchards where you can look out for Lesser-spotted Woodpeckers. There's also woodland trails, an Iron Age Hillfort and lots of nice Herefordshire countryside to enjoy.|
You can start the walk from the village or from the car park at Cockshoot Old Sufton. The village is very interesting and worth exploring. The bridge over the River Lugg dates from the 14th century. It is the oldest surviving bridge in Herefordshire.
The walk visits Bears Wood and skirts the edge of Haugh Woods. You'll also pass Backbury Hillfort which dates from the Iron Age. You can extend your walk by exploring Haugh Woods with its popular butterfly trails. Also of interest is the Wye Valley Walk which passes through the village. You can pick this up and head into Hereford along the river.
|Mortimer Trail||30 miles (48 km)||This exceptionally lovely walk takes you through the beautiful Shropshire and Herefordshire countryside, from Ludlow to Kington.|
The walk begins at the splendid, medieval Ludlow Castle in Shropshire and heads towards Aymestrey, crossing the River Teme before passing through Mortimer Forest, Haye Park Wood and Deer Park. This section also visits the British Iron Age hill fort at Croft Ambrey, where there are fabulous views of the surrounding area.
At Aymestrey you join the River Lugg for a delightful waterside stretch that leads to Shobdon Hill Wood. The path continues to Byton and then onto Wapley Hill Iron Age Fort, with the final stretch taking you to the finish point at Kington.
This is a challenging walk with several steep climbs but with the reward of spectacular views of the area.
|Queenswood Country Park||3 miles (4.8 km)||This splendid park is the only designated country park in Herefordshire. At Queenswood you'll find an arboretum, with over 1,200 rare and exotic trees from all over the world. There are a number of waymarked trails as well as a sculpture trail, early autumn tree trail and late autumn tree trail. Trail highlights include the Lime Avenue, the Autumn and Summer Gardens and Cottrell's Folly. The park is located about 6.5 miles north of Hereford and 4 miles south of Leominster.|
|Ross Round||18 miles (29 km)||This delightful circular walk takes you through the Herefordshire countryside around Ross-on-Wye.|
You start on the River Wye, in the pretty market town of Ross-on-Wye, and follow the river north to the riversde settlement of Hole-in-the-Wall. The walk then leaves the river, visiting Crow Hill, Weston Under Penyard, Penyard Park, Warmhill Wood and Howle Hill as you head through the Herefordshire countryside.
There's much to enjoy on this varied walk including rivers, woodland and a series of pretty villages.
|Sabrina Way||203 miles (327 km)||This route is part of the National Bridleroute Network and primarily designed for horse riders but can be used by walkers and cyclists also. The trail starts at the deer park at Great Barrington and heads north to Hartington. The route passes through the Cotswolds, the Malvern Hills, the Wyre Forest and Cannock Chase Forest, before finishing in the Derbyshire Peak District. For cyclists a mountain bike or hybrid is advised.|
The route is waymarked with a blue arrow.
|Symonds Yat Rock||2 miles (4 km)||Enjoy wonderful views over the Wye Valley from this well know viewpoint on the Herefordshire and Gloucestershire border. From the elevated position you have a great view of the beautiful wooded gorge below. It's also a popular spot for birdwatching with peregrine falcons, buzzards, goshawks and hobbies regularly seen. The area is great for walking and cycling with miles of waymarked woodland trails and riverside paths to try. This circular walk starts from the car park and follows good footpaths to the viewpoint. You then continue along the river through the woodland, passing Huntsham Hill on the way. A section along the Perigrine Path then takes you along the River Wye before heading through Riddings Wood to the car park. |
There are several other waymarked trails in the area which visit the Iron Age Hillfort and Mailscot Wood. There is also a nature trail with nature boards through an attractive section of mixed woodland. You can buy refreshments from the excellent Log cabin cafe.
This route is designed for walkers but cyclists can try the Symonds Yat Rock Cycle Trail which runs for about 3 miles from the campsite. You can also pick up the Perigrine Path cycle route which runs through Symonds Yat.
If you would like to extend your walk then you can continue along the river using the Wye Valley Walk. If you head west you will soon cross the England-Wales border and arrive at Monmouth where you can visit the splendid Kymin Hill for more wonderful views over the area. If you head east you'll soon come to Lower Lydbrook and the ruinous Norman medieval Goodrich Castle. Here you can climb Coppet Hill for more great views into Wales.
|Three Choirs Way||100 miles (161 km)||Visit the cities of Gloucester, Hereford, and Worcester on this circular walk. The walk has been devised with themes of poetry and music and links with the Three Choirs Music Festival which is held each August alternately at the magnificent cathedrals of the Three Counties (Hereford, Gloucester and Worcester).|
The walk visits some of the best countryside in the region including hopyards, vineyards and orchards. There are also splendid views of the Rivers Severn, Lugg and Wye and a section through the beautiful Malvern Hills to enjoy.
The walk is waymarked with a white disc featuring musical notes.
|Wye Valley Walk||138 miles (222 km)||This walk takes you through the beautiful Wye Valley in Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Wales.
The walk begins on the mouth of the River Wye at Chepstow Castle in Monmouthshire and follows the River Wye north to Monmouth, passing the fascinating ruins of Tintern Abbey on the way. You continue through Ross on Wye to Hereford and then onto Hay on Wye. You then return to Wales and head to Builth Wells, Newbridge and Rhayader before the final stretch takes you towards the source of the Wye on the slopes of Plynlimon mountain in Powys.
There's plenty of spectacular mountainous scenery as you pass through the Wye Valley AONB, with several waterside sections along the River Wye to enjoy. You'll also visit the splendid Symonds Yat Rock where there are fine woodland trails and wonderful views over the Wye Valley gorge.
The walk is well waymarked with a white disc featuring a leaping salmon.