The Watkins Way commemorates the centenary of the discovery of ley lines by local man Alfred Watkins. Drive along country lanes, through the gorgeous Wye Valley and the magical Golden Valley to find historic ley line highlights. With dramatic hilltop views and ever-changing panoramas of the Black Mountains. The Watkins Way is one of the best scenic drives in the UK!
Wind through the untouched Golden Valley, into the shadow of the Black Mountains and on to the county's picture-perfect black and white villages. You will:
- Look out over the beautiful Wye Valley & Golden Valley
- Drive along remote, green country lanes
- Stand on hilltops, soaking up the stunning views
- Discover enchanting tiny villages
- Feel a world away in our wild landscapes
Ancient castles, churches & sacred stones
Visit the lost castles, secluded churches, early hillforts and pre-historic stones which sparked Watkins' revelation, you will:
- See the incredible carvings at Kilpeck Church
- Roam crumbling castles at Wigmore, Longtown & Snodhill
- Be captivated by the ‘wedding cake' church
- Walk around Dinedor & Croft Ambrey hillforts
- Visit a spellbinding Neolithic burial chamber
- Feel the serenity of Dore Abbey
Super stops en route
The Watkins Way guide is free to download and features the best local places to stop along the way, you will discover:
- Outstanding country pubs
- Artisan cider makers
- Gorgeous gardens
- Recommended walks
- Farm shops
Download The Watkins Way guide
Follow this scenic route as a leisurely drive taking three to four days, depending on how long you linger at each stop. Alternatively, whizz around the back lanes and climb the inclines on two wheels.
The route begins in Woolhope, in the Wye Valley AONB, and makes its way through the Golden Valley, looking out to the Black Mountains. It then meanders through the black and white villages, before reaching Hereford.
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Plan your trip
There are fantastic places to eat and stay en route, alternatively base yourself in the historic city of Hereford, in the heart of the county.
The 106-mile route can be completed on a single charge, based on the average range of an electric car. We recommend charging up at Ledbury, which is near Woolhope, before you begin. There are also charging points in Leominster and Hereford.
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