Hot Lists Wednesday, December 21st Words by: Lauren Rogers, pictures by: Lauren Rogers / Flickr

The Best Winter Walks in Herefordshire

Hot Lists Wednesday, December 21st

The Best Winter Walks in Herefordshire

Whether you're rambling for health benefits or the sheer pleasure of getting lost and muddy, we wholeheartedly approve of winter walks - it's a Christmas tradition, surely. Here are some of our favourite walks to do in and around Herefordshire this winter.

Bromyard Downs and Bringsty

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Climbing the Bromyard Downs at this time of year can mean mud. Lots of it. You'll also be getting Serious Views - the Black Mountains, Clee Hill, the Malverns and Gloucestershire's May Hill. You can follow field tracks, stomp through woodland, and once you’ve crossed the A44, pass the imposing Clater Park mansion to Bringsty Common where you can reward yourself at the Live and Let Live freehouse, a thatched inn dating from the early 1700s.

Contact Visit Bromyard for more info.

Marcle Ridge 

Recommended time and time again, and you can find various guides to walking Marcle Ridge online. On a clear day, you can see the distinctive hump back of the Malvern Hills as well as Bredon Hill, out towards the Cotswolds, the Wye Valley, the Black Mountains and the often snow-capped Brecon Beacons. 

Download Herefordshire Council’s recommended circular route here

Herefordshire Archaeology's Historic Landscape Walks

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Herefordshire Council’s archaeology department has been running historic landscape walks since April 1999, and prides itself on never repeating the same route twice. Each walk looks at changing landscapes and the people who have helped shape it. Dogs on short leads are welcome and the walks are free, but must be booked. 

Next walk: Colwall - Wednesday, December 14 at 10am.

You'll find the full run down of 2016/17 walks here.

The Doward, near Ross-on-Wye

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This whole area warrants exploring. It’s where you’ll discover King Arthur’s Cave, the Biblins, Symond’s Yat and the Seven Sisters.

"You are walking through 50 million years of geological time"says one official guide. Head over to the Wye Valley AOBN site to get started.

Llama trekking

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No, you don’t ride them.

At Old King Street Farm in Ewyas Harold you’re paired with a llama and together trek around the gorgeous Golden Valley, through villages and foothills of the Black Mountains. Random, relaxing, and highly recommended.

Offa’s Dyke Path

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This long-distance National Trail follows the English/Welsh border for 177 miles. With loads of information about this ancient route available online, have a Google or if you’re near Knighton, visit the Offa’s Dyke Centre (open 10am to 4pm Mondays - Saturdays from November to March, with longer hours in summer).

Woolhope to Hereford

You can start this in Hereford, get the bus to Woolhope and walk back to the city – it’s about 10 miles. The Ramblers Association led this walk at last year’s Herefordshire Walking Festival and it skirted Haugh Wood to Mordiford before picking up the Wye Valley Walk into Hereford, ending at the Cathedral.

Contact the Hereford Ramblers for route details.

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