Herefordshire on Foot

Short Walks & Big Adventures

  • 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

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 multi-day 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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Walking

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

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Weobley

Timber-framed cottages & cider orchards

Explore Pembridge, one of Herefordshire’s finest black and white villages, on an easy 4.3-mile stroll around fields and apple orchards. Don’t miss the village’s unusual wooden medieval bell tower and the distinctive 17th-century dovecote at Luntley Court, and savour a cider in the four-century-old New Inn

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symonds yat

Riverside wildlife & scenic grandeur

Watch for diving peregrine falcons and soaring buzzards from the spectacular clifftop viewpoint at Symonds Yat Rock, then descend to join the riverside trail to Biblins Bridge to complete an idyllic three-mile loop exploring one of the Wye’s most beguiling stretches.

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Wigmore Castle

Medieval fortifications & wooded hills

Discover the romantic ruins of Wigmore Castle, among the most dramatic of the Norman bastions guarding the Welsh borders, on a moderate 5.1-mile walk that continues into the hilltop forest of Wigmore Rolls and ends at atmospheric, dog-friendly pub The Oaks.

Long-Distance Leg-Stretchers

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.

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