Golden Valley - come and adventure in wonderland

There’s almost something enchanted about Herefordshire’s Golden Valley as it makes its way between the Black Mountains and the banks of the River Dore.

With Hay-on-Wye a close neighbour to the village of Dorstone, the valley winds down through Peterchurch, Vowchurch and Abbey Dore to Ewyas Harold at the south of the Golden Valley. These time-forgotten villages are set in some of the most untouched Herefordshire countryside you could ever hope to see.

The Golden Valley in Herefordshire is one of those places – it has a certain something that you just can’t put your finger on.

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A place to energise your creativity

Creative Breaks

Maybe some of the Golden Valley enchantment rubbed off on ‘Alice’ author Lewis Caroll when he visited his brother who was vicar at Vowchurch. Or perhaps C.S. Lewis captured the feel of the place in his Chronicles of Narnia.

If you’re after an inspirational place for a creative break – to write or paint – the Golden Valley adds a magic touch.

There are opportunities to explore your creativity or learn new skills within lovely rural surroundings.

Stretch your legs on the patchwork quilt

Walking in Golden Valley

The gently rolling Golden Valley countryside is a haven for walkers. Sitting in the majestic lee of the Black Mountains the landscape is a sympathetic mosaic of patchwork fields.

There are some fantastic walking routes where you can take in the sights, make the occasional historic stop-off and enjoy the welcome of a country pub. Don’t miss Arthur’s Stone at Dorstone (the oldest man-made structure in Herefordshire) and Dore Abbey.

If you would like some company on your walk book onto a llama trek, or for the more adventurous there are outdoor activities abound.

Accommodation in Golden Valley
Glorious guest accommodation and B&Bs, many secluded and all friendly, make the Golden Valley a special place to stay. Or you may prefer camping or caravanning at our spectacular holiday parks, or staying in a yurt.
Food and Drink in Golden Valley
With many cafés and restaurants using seasonal local produce, Herefordshire’s Golden Valley is a great place to indulge in fresh, locally produced food and drink.
Things to do in the Golden Valley
Golden Valley offers a mix of things to do - enjoy a trekking experience through the Golden Valley or enjoy the peaceful scenery of the valley through our woodland adventure trails and campsites.
What's on in Herefordshire
Find out what's happening in the Golden Valley and around Herefordshire, from our many festivals to museum tours and foraging courses.