Long distance routes
Wye Valley Walk
The Wye Valley Walk runs for 136 miles from the slopes of Plynlimon in mid Wales (near the source of the River Wye) to Chepstow in Monmouthshire (where the Wye joins the Severn Estuary). The walk enters Herefordshire at Hay-on-Wye and leaves the county after 57 miles, just north of Monmouth. The walk is clearly waymarked as it follows the route of the river, either along riverside paths or in sections giving excellent views of the Wye valley from the surrounding hills.
A number of circular walks lead off the main route south of Hereford at:
- Ross-on-Wye (the John Kyrle walk)
- Leys Hill
- Breinton Springs
There is currently a temporary footpath closure on a section of the Wye Valley Walk at GN11 (part) Ganarew, Herefordshire. There is a diversion in place. Wye Valley Walk - map showing path closure and alternative route.
The Mortimer Trail runs a total of 30 miles from Ludlow to Kington. The route follows the ridges of the north Herefordshire hills, dropping down to river valleys through unspoilt countryside and taking in iron age hill forts and other sites of historic interest. The trail can be completed over 2 or 3 days walking. The route is clearly waymarked and supported by a guidebook available from bookshops throughout the county.
A longer walking holiday can be taken by including the five circular walks off the trail which lead into the local villages of:
The Herefordshire Trail
The Herefordshire Trail is a circular trail, approximately 154 miles, created and set up by the Herefordshire Ramblers Association. It links the five market towns of Ledbury, Ross-on-Wye, Kington, Leominster and Bromyard, along with some of the picturesque villages and hamlets for which Herefordshire is renowned.
The Geopark Way
The Geopark Way meanders its way for 109 miles through the Abberley and Malvern Hills Geopark from Bridgnorth to Gloucester as it explores 700 million years of geological history. It was set up by the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Earth Heritage Trust.
Leaving the Malvern Hills, the trail explores the Silurian hills and valleys of the south west quarter of the Malvern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty before sweeping back to the Malvern Hills ridge line.
Monnow Valley Walk
The Monnow Valley Walk is a river route from where the River Monnow and River Wye meet, to the source of the River Monnow near Charwel Ddu on the east side of Hay Bluff close to the Offa's Dyke Path, with a four mile section to Hay-on-Wye on the Offa's Dyke Path.
Offa's Dyke Path
The Offa's Dyke Path is a national trail following the English/Welsh border for 177 miles alongside the 8th century Offa's Dyke which takes you through changing landscapes offering amazing opportunities to catch a view of our native wildlife.