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Breinton Springs

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5.7 miles

A 5.5 mile circular route  starts in Hereford city centre and offers an easy way for car-free visitors to explore the countryside. You'll walk along the Wye to a delightful National Trust orchard, Breinton Church and the remains of Breinton Camp. It's beautiful in all seasons - from blossom and bluebells in the spring to apples in the autumn.  

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Herefordshire's countryside is easy to access from the city centre which is perfect for car-free visitors. This walk journeys along the Wye, passing the Waterworks Museum and orchards before arriving at the freshwater spring. It's a great to place to go birdwatching and is home to the rare Lesser-spotted Woodpecker. Pop in to pretty Breinton Church and take in the earthworks which are the remains of Breinton Camp. In the middle ages, this was the moated country residence of the Treasurer of the Cathedral.

Total elevation gain: 74m

Route Guide

Start on King Street, near to the iconic Hereford Cathedral, and make your way to the Old Bridge. Walk over the bridge and follow the path to Hunderton Bridge, crossing back to the other side of the river. Trace the Wye, passing the Waterworks Museum which is housed in a Victorian water pumping station (check their site for opening times) and tells the story of the city's industrial heritage. The path continues on through delightful cider orchards. Herefordshire is the land of apples and our orchards are very special - not only are they a lovely sight but they are also a real haven for wildlife. Breinton Springs is looked after by the National Trust (free entry) and the main spring gushes from a rock near the river. Wander around the charming church and ancient earthworks, perhaps relaxing with a flask of coffee before returning to Hereford. Back in the city, it's worth making the short detour to visit the Museum of Cider.  

There's plenty of options for lunch, including the award-winning The Bookshop, as well as No 9 The Balcony, The Hereford Bar & Brasserie and Castle House Restaurant.

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