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Walks and trails

Walking Festival imageWalking for health and recreation is a popular pastime and an excellent way to appreciate the Herefordshire countryside. The council promotes fifteen circular walks and two long distance routes which use the county's footpaths.

There are a number of other longer routes within or which pass through Herefordshire which you can find out about in the link below.

The bus walks which you can download on the right, link buses from Hereford city centre to get you out to some of Herefordshire's most beautiful walking countryside.

Circular walks

Circular walk waymarkerThese walks are clearly waymarked and take in local heritage features such as rivers, hills and sites of historic interest. Free leaflets with information about the route and details such as gradients, stiles and surface types, are available from tourist information centres and other outlets and to download from this page. The walks range in distance from 2 to 10 miles:

  • Bodenham (2.5 miles)
  • Breinton (5.5 miles)
  • Capler (2 miles)
  • Hoarwithy (4.5 miles)
  • John Kyrle - Ross on Wye (3 miles)
  • Leys Hill (2 miles)
  • Lingen (5.5 miles)
  • Marcle Ridge (4.5 miles)
  • Mordiford (4 miles)
  • Shobdon (5.5 miles)
  • Titley (3 miles)
  • Weobley (3 miles)
  • Wigmore (10 miles)
  • Woolhope (6.5 miles)
  • Yarpole (5 miles)

Most of these circular walks are served by public transport. For further information please contact the National Traveline 0870 6082608 or visit the public transport pages.

Long distance routes

Wye Valley walk waymarker

The Wye Valley Walk

The Wye Valley Walk runs for 136 miles from the slopes of Plynlimon in mid Wales, near the source of the River Wye, to Chepstow in Monmouthshire, where the Wye joins the Severn Estuary. The walk enters Herefordshire at Hay on Wye and leaves the county, after 57 miles, just north of Monmouth.

The walk is clearly waymarked as it follows the route of the river, either along riverside paths or in sections giving excellent views of the Wye valley from the surrounding hills.

A number of circular walks lead off the main route south of Hereford at:

  • Mordiford
  • Capler
  • Ross on Wye (the John Kyrle Walk)
  • Leys Hill
  • Hoarwithy
  • Breinton Springs

For more information including maps and accommodation guides, visit: Wye Valley Walk.

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The Mortimer Trail

Mortimer Trail waymarker

The Mortimer Trail runs a total of 30 miles from Ludlow to Kington. The route follows the ridges of the north Herefordshire hills, dropping down to river valleys through unspoilt countryside and taking in iron age hillforts and other sites of historic interest. The trail can be completed over 2 or 3 days walking.

A longer walking holiday can be taken by including the five circular walks off the trail which lead into the local villages of:

  • Yarpole
  • Wigmore
  • Shobdon
  • Lingen
  • Titley

The route is clearly waymarked and supported by a guidebook (£5.95) available from bookshops throughout the county.

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Other trails in Herefordshire

Herefordshire Trail waymarker

  • The Herefordshire Trail - circular trail, approx 154 miles,created and set up by the Herefordshire Ramblers Association. It passes through all of the market towns and some delightful villages. For more information visit: Herefordshire Trail.
  • The Geopark Way - 109 miles of trail which passes through the Abberley and
    Malvern Hills Geopark, from Bridgnorth
    to Gloucester. For more information
    please visit: The Geopark Way.
  • The Monnow Valley Walk -  40 mile Monnow Valley Walk waymarker
    section of this linear walk passes through Herefordshire between
    Longtown and Hay on Wye.
  • Offa's Dyke Path National Trail -sections of the Offa's Dyke Path run through Herefordshire along the English/Welsh border.
    For more information visit:
    Offa's Dyke Path
    .

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How can I join a guided walk in the county?

Various local groups and organisations lead guided walks in the county including:

  • Queenswood Country Park
  • Herefordshire Archaeology
  • Herefordshire Ornithological Club
  • Herefordshire Action for Mammals
  • The Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty office
  • Herefordshire Ramblers Association

These walks allow you to explore the county with the luxury of a knowledgeable and experienced guide. When you attend a guided walk please ensure you wear appropriate walking shoes and clothing and bear in mind the weather conditions.

Are there any easy access walking routes in Herefordshire?

Stiles are one of the biggest obstacles to walking in the countryside for the elderly, those with mobility problems or those who simply want an easy going walk.

The public rights of way section in partnership with the council are actively striving to improve the rights of way network to enable easier access for all by encouraging landowners to replace stiles with gates wherever possible.

We have produced two leaflets in partnership with the Malvern Hills area of outstanding natural beauty showing Miles without Stiles routes in Colwall and Cradley. You can download the walking leaflets below:

Queenswood Country Park also has a number of paths which follow easy access stone or woodchip surfaced paths and an electric mobility vehicle trail.