Walks south of Hereford

This northern section of the AONB, from just south of Hereford at Mordiford, down to Hoarwithy, is less well known but has many stunning walking routes, as well as the Wye Valley Walk which links the riverside villages in this area to Hereford. Hoarwithy, with its unexpected Italianate Romanesque church, features in several circular routes. The Capler Hill Circular Walk provides views across the river, an iron age hill fort and a lovely section of riverside meadow. Walks around Woolhope will interest geologists whilst traditional meadows at Joan’s Hill Reserve and the ancient woodland at Haugh Wood show another side of the AONB. For church lovers, a walk around Holme Lacey (a history lesson about the Scudamore Family) can be combined with a night ‘champing’ at Holme Lacey church!

Walk 2: Capler Circular Walk

A lovely mix of walking through ancient woodland carpeted with bluebells, beside the River Wye and up to Capler Viewpoint where a short detour will take you to Capler Camp Iron Age Hill Fort.

Walk 10: Woolhope Dome

This 5 mile walk showcases a fantastic landscape for wildlife. The landscape in the north around Woolhope is very different to the Welsh and southern sections of the AONB, with features along this walk such as an old square oast house used for drying hops. It is a walk for lovers of nature and geology as it wanders across the interesting geological feature of the Woolhope Dome and passes several local nature reserves. You may encounter some rough terrain, occasional inclines and in summer some long undergrowth to negotiate!

Walk 20: Fownhope and Caplor Camp

A superb 6 ml circular walk, taking in two nature reserves, an iron age hill fort and the banks of the River Wye. Enjoy autumn colours in Caplor Wood and Lea & Paget’s Wood Nature Reserve, an ancient woodland with sessile oaks and ash trees. Relax and refuel afterwards at the New Inn or The Green Man in Fownhope.

Walk 21: The Slow Way from Hereford to Ross

This 18 mile route links Hereford and Ross passing through a wonderful living and historical landscape, rich in wildlife, in the northern part of the AONB. Sections of this walk also make lovely shorter strolls such as Little Dewchurch to Hoarwithy. Don't forget the free bus services in Herefordshire to get you to or from the start/ finish of your walk.

Walk 30: Joan's Hill Farm Walk

A beautiful 3 mile circular walk through classic Herefordshire countryside, a landscape of flower-rich meadows, mixed woodland, black-and-white cottages and orchards decked with blossom and mistletoe. The walk starts at Haugh Wood and passes through Joan’s Hill Farm Reserve, Checkley. Joan’s Hill is rich in wildflowers from late Spring to July, including cowslips, which are one of the first flowers to bloom in late April/early May.