5 Great Circular Walks in Herefordshire

Below are 5 lovely countryside circular walks you can enjoy when you take some time out in Herefordshire. Enjoying the fresh countryside air and seeing areas of this beautiful region you simply cannot reach by car.

Discover why so many people love to take some time away in this beautiful area of England.

Breinton Circular Walk – 5.5 Miles

This walk is not far from the county town of Hereford. A gentle countryside walk with 0 stiles, 16 gates and 3 steps (can be avoided). Easy walking for everyone and a 5.5 mile walk can be enjoyed at a leisurely pace to take in the naturally beautiful surroundings.

The car park is in Lower Breinton and the walk heads along towards the town of Hereford. Along the way there are several places to stop off and explore and these include the Waterworks Museum and Hereford Cider Museum (Perhaps enjoying a sample or two).

Most the walk is on natural surfaced track however there is some by tarmac road so caution is recommended.

Should you wish you could start the walk from Hereford and there are plenty of car parks. If starting from the National Trust Car Park at Breinton Springs then when you reach Hereford you will find plenty of places to stop and enjoy something to eat and drink with a range of pubs, cafes & restaurants.

Key Points

  • Walk Along the River Wye
  • View St Michaels Church
  • Lookout for the Traditional Apple Orchards

Breinton Springs

Breinton Springs Map

John Kyrle Circular Walk – 3 Miles

A nice short walk starting from Ross-on-Wye. The parking is at Wilton Road car park. It must be noted that there are parking charges and a height restriction at this car park.

Most of the walk is on natural surfaced tracks and off road. There is a small tarmac section which heads into Ross-on-Wye.

In Ross-on-Wye there are plenty of shops and pubs and places to enjoy a relaxing sit down with a cold drink. The walk is flat but there are seven gates and seven flights of steps.

A fair amount of the walk is alongside the River Wye and makes for a beautiful spot to enjoy an afternoon or morning enjoying the fresh countryside air.

Key Points

  • Shorter Walk
  • Follows the River
  • Explore Ross-on-Wye

John Kyrle Walk

John Kyrle Walk Map

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Wigmore – 10 Miles

A longer walk for the seasoned walker or people that want to spend the day out exploring. Wigmore is a circular walk and has some very steep and undulating sections so only take on this walk if you are well prepared and fit and able.

The walk passes through some stunning Herefordshire countryside. There are some spots along the way to get refreshments and these are at Aymestrey and Wigmore which have Inns and hotels.

The country store in Wigmore also sells drinks and snacks. Along the way there are various sights to keep an eye on and this includes St James Church and a castle dating back to the 14th century.

Key Points

  • A longer 10 Mile Walk
  • Some Undulating Countryside
  • More Advance Walkers

Wigmore Walk

Wigmore Walk Map

Marcle Ridge – 4.5 Miles

At 4.5 miles this is a good distance to get you out and about and into some lovely areas. The walk does have many steep sections so possible is best to be completed in better weather days in the summer, unless you are a seasoned walker or hiker.

This route really is in the heart of the Herefordshire countryside and as such you should bring your own provisions. There are no places to stop off along the route.

After you have completed your route there are places to relax and rest the aching feet. These include Much Marcle, Woolhope and Fownhope.

Along the route there are 14 stiles, 5 gates, 2 flights of steps, 1 narrow bridge and many steep slopes. There are so many places to stop off and view along the way with woodlands, steep ridges and lots of amazing flora and fauna.

Key Points

  • Lots of Steep Sections
  • No Places to Get Drinks or Something to Eat
  • Parking is Limited (Get there Early)

Marcle Ridge Walk

Marcle Ridge Map

Woolhope – 6.5 Miles

Woolhope is a stunning countryside walk in Herefordshire. The walk is in the county area that is known as Woolhope Dome. The Dome has been formed by a series of hills and folds that have been created from the underlying geology.

The parking at the start of the walk is plentiful and starts from the village hall. There are several local pubs that serve food so you can enjoy a bite to eat after you get back from your walk.

There are a lot of stiles on this walk with over 30 along the route. Plus, there are 19 gates, of which 6 are kissing gates. There is also five narrow sections and two steep sections with bridges.

Most the walk is on natural surfaced tracks and off road. There are a couple of very small tarmac sections but these are very quiet. Along the way you should look out for the traditional farmhouse orchards.

Key Points

  • Plenty of Parking
  • Pubs Serving Food
  • Lots of Stiles and Gates

Woolhope Walk

Woolhope Walk Map

If you would like to view more walks in Herefordshire then take a look at the Circular Walks on the Herefordshire.gov website.