Walking in Herefordshire

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Fantastic Walking Routes

  • Stroll peaceful paths through cider orchards and picture-perfect villages 
  • Hike between Neolithic monuments and Norman castles
  • Spy spectacular birdlife on a walk along the Wye
  • Discover traditional tastes from local artisans and markets  
  • Complete a full circuit of the county on the Herefordshire Trail


Browse our walking routes

Herefordshire’s unrivalled network of byways is a hiker’s dream. These routes are made for walking – some 2,100 miles of dedicated footpaths, including no fewer than eight long-distance routes headlined by the 154-mile Herefordshire Trail.

A host of characterful market towns make ideal hubs for exploring on foot. Kington, Leominster, Bromyard and Ross-on-Wye proudly sport Walkers Are Welcome status, reflecting hiker-friendly facilities and a rich menu of trails to trek.

The region’s diverse landscapes range from lonely ridges to verdant woodland and river valleys. Explore the Malvern Hills and Mortimer Forest, the dramatic borderland of Hergest Ridge, fertile undulations flanking the River Dore in the Golden Valley, and the sweeping loops of the Wye winding south through Hereford, Ross-on-Wye and Symonds Yat. 

Wherever you roam, you’ll find a host of local flavours to fuel your hikes: cheeses, asparagus, beef and, of course, the cider and perry for which Herefordshire is most famous.


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Before the day was born, or otherwise
Through secret windings of the afternoons,
I threw my hunters off and plunged myself
Among the deep hills…

Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806–61), resident of Hope End, Ledbury

Circular Walking Routes

Long Distance Walks

Herefordshire is the perfect destination for hikers looking to explore in depth on foot. Intersecting waymarked routes trace ancient paths between medieval Marcher castles, vibrant market towns and ancient hill forts, all studded with characterful inns, B&Bs and restaurants. So it’s easy to piece together a rewarding two- or three-day walking break – or to taste all of the county’s delights on a full circuit around the 154-mile Herefordshire Trail.



Centre Based Walking

Stay in one of our walker-friendly market towns.

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