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The Herefordshire Trail

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A superbly scenic 154-mile loop around the county

  • Circular route, linking Herefordshire's five characterful market towns
  • From steep hill climbs & wooded river valleys to gentle hikes through hopyards & orchards
  • Dotted with historic landmarks including ancient hillforts, castle ruins, once-bloody battlefields & remote churches
  • Stunning views and unrivalled tranquillity
  • A walker-friendly welcome across the county

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The Herefordshire Trail is a long-distance walking trail which loops the county, taking in our five historic market towns, undulating meadows, ancient orchards, steep hills and glorious river valleys.

Start in pretty Ledbury, heading towards the Wye Valley National Landscape  and buzzy Ross-on-Wye before trekking the unspoilt landscapes of the Golden Valley. Head for the heights of Kington and Mortimer Country where the castle ruins tell the tale of past turbulence.

Dip into the antiques mecca of Leominster then make east for hop-picking country and foodie Bromyard. Hike through vineyards, skirting the Malvern Hills and the landscape which has inspired poets, to return to Ledbury.

Highlights include:

  • Walking through Big Apple country and along the hop pickers' path
  • Gazing at the panoramic view at Harley's Mountain & Merbach Hill
  • Tracing the Rivers Wye, Teme, Lugg & Frome
  • Taking in the serenity of deep forests 
  • Peeking into remote, medieval churches
  • Roaming craggy castle ruins

Route map for Herefordshire Trail

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Section 1: Ledbury to Marcle Ridge

Wind through Big Apple Country, 7.5 miles

  • Walk through orchards & visit Westons Cider 
  • Discover 'The Wonder'
  • Gorgeous views from Marcle Ridge

Section 2: Much Marcle to Ross-on-Wye

Sleeping Beauty & Trail Treasures, 11.6 miles

  • See a beautiful medieval effigy
  • Peaceful woodland wanders
  • Admire the River Wye and visit vibrant Ross
Sellack Boat Suspension Bridge

Section 3: Ross-on-Wye to Little Dewchurch

Upriver with the glorious Wye, 10 miles

  • See the scenic birthplace of English tourism
  • Cross the elegant Sellack Suspension Bridge
  • Tour Hoarwithy's Italianate church
Kilpeck castle ruins

Section 4: Little Dewchurch to Kilpeck

Field & forest of a lost kingdom, 6.23 miles

  • Learn about the ancient land of the hedgehogs
  • Relax in the tranquility of two forests 
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Section 5: Kilpeck to Abbey Dore

Pilgrimage through the hills, 11.6 miles

  • Marvel at the ornately carved Kilpeck Church
  • Soak up panoramic views from Garway Hill
  • Trek through the unspoilt Golden Valley 
Sun setting over Dore Abbey

Section 6: Abbey Dore to Peterchurch

Treasures of the Golden Valley, 7.7 miles

  • Feel the unrivalled serenity of Dore Abbey
  • Climb to St Margaret's Church for amazing views
  • Amble to two charming medieval churches
Arthur's Stone

Section 7: Peterchurch to Whitney Bridge

To the uplands of the Stone Age, 10.7 miles

  • Roam the craggy ruins of Snodhill Castle
  • Pause at the spellbinding Arthur's Stone
  • Scale Merbach Hill for jawdropping views
Whitney Bridge

Section 8: Whitney Bridge to Kington

Walking on the wild side, 11.9 miles

  • Follow the deep holloways of Whitney Wood
  • Find out about Brilley's funeral stone tradition
  • Walk through Eardisley Park and a nature reserve
Kington Trail

Section 9: Kington to Lingen

Tracking Lord Byron, 12.2 miles

  • Trek in the scenic footsteps of Lord Byron
  • Wend through river valleys via a hill fort
  • Descend from Kinsham to an oak wood 


Lingen countryside

Section 10: Lingen to Leintwardine

Mountain top to Roman road, 9.1 miles

  • Climb the trail's highest hill (1260 ft)
  • Wander through tranquil Brampton Bryan
  • Trace the Teme Valley to a Roman town
Leintwardine bridge

Section 11: Leintwardine to Richards Castle

Mule tracks of the ironmasters, 13.3 miles

  • Hike up Shelderton Hill to a medieval deer park
  • Follow the River Teme, where iron was made
  • Visit a church with rare cast-iron grave-slabs
Titan Photo Richards Castle

Section 12: Richards Castle to Leominster

Battlefields journey, 9.2 miles

  • Explore a rare pre-conquest Norman fortresses
  • Pass through a patchwork of flat fields
  • Walk the battlefields of the Wars of the Roses
Leominster Priory Church

Section 13: Leominster to Edwyn Ralph

Spires & towers of medieval landmarks, 11.65 miles

  • See the grand Leominster Priory 
  • Trace the River Lugg through rolling meadows
  • Peek into three characterful medieval churches
Eaton Bishop (Photo credit: Ella Greaves)

Section 14: Edwyn Ralph to Fromes Hill

The hop pickers' path, 9.9 miles

  • Tread through hopyards with high bines
  • Look out for the distinctive, traditional hop kilns
  • Cross the River Frome and climb Fromes Hill
Frome Valley

Section 15: Fromes Hill to Ledbury

To the realm of poets, 10.01 miles

  • Travel green lanes and through a vineyard
  • See poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning's home
  • Trace the Malvern Hills to John Masefield's birthplace
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Hike & Paddle Endurance Challenge

Take our 6-day endurance challenge on foot and by canoe for an alternative way to experience the south-west section of the Herefordshire Trail.

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Short Break Ideas

Make the most of a weekend away with a short break on the Herefordshire Trail. 

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