Herefordshire Things to Do

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Herefordshire Things to Do


    The Black and White Trail was developed as a means of encouraging visitors to take a closer look at the beautiful countryside and villages between Leominster and Kington in the north-west of Herefordshire. I think myself lucky to find this trail, as for a person coming from Australia, it is one of my best memories of what I saw in England.The...

  • Explore the back roads of Herefordshire

    The county of Herefordshire is not particularly on the main tourist itinerary for England. It does however offer some wonderful rolling countryside and beautiful quiet villages. If you cycle, walk or take the car you will find some lovely places to look at more closely. Be sure to take a map with you though. It's quite easy to get lost without one...

  • Discover Herefordshire Centre

    The Discover Herefordshire Centre is located in the former Tourist Information Centre and is still an informative place to go for what’s on and places to go around the county. The centre is a good source for which to buy gifts and foodie treats all made in Herefordshire. Plenty of artisan products including fashion accessories, homeware, jewellery...

  • Ross-on-Wye

    Ross-on-Wye is a small ancient town that’s lays in the South Herefordshire countryside, close to the border of Wales with great views overlooking the River Wye. The town was originally known as “Ross” derived from the Welsh word for “a promontory”, however due to confusion with other places of the same name the “on Wye” was added in 1931.September...

  • Wye not take the Ferry

    Symonds Yat West is on the Herefordshire side of the river and Symonds Yat East is on the Gloucestershire side. The only connection between the two banks are by the ancient hand ferries by which the ferryman pulls people across the river using an overhead rope, for a small fee. The only connection by road is the five mile trip upstream and over...

  • Symonds Yat Rock

    This fantastic viewpoint is situated 120m above the gorge of the River Wye with outstanding views over rural Herefordshire and the mountains of mid-Wales. 2000 years ago Iron age man recognised the great vantage point this location would provide and they built an Iron Age hill fort which is now a Scheduled Ancient Monument. Aside from the...

  • Take a boat trip

    Kingfisher Cruises offer a 45 minute boat trip from the Saracens Head Inn at Symonds Yat East. I can't think of a more relaxing way to see the scenery. You can also learn a bit about the surrounding area as the Captain gives a commentary on places of interest as you sail by. Tea, coffee and snacks are served aboard the boats and there are toilet...

  • How to cross the river. Method two.

    N.B. We would have done better to cross the river to start our walk on the bank opposite to the Saracens Head Inn because that is where the sun was when we set off! We did it mostly in shade both ways - a point worth noting on a cold day.After reaching the other bank via the rope bridge our first stop was for a picnic. The Forestry Commission have...

  • How to cross the river. Method one.

    We started our walk from outside the Saracen's Head Pub in the village and took the path on the east side of the river. From here it is a good 1.5 miles before the river can be crossed and, if you have a fear of heights, or poor sea legs, you should be aware that the crossing is via an Indiana Jones type rope bridge! No more than 6 people may cross...

  • Walking

    With beautiful footpaths set on the banks of the river and in the forest, this is a wonderful place to step out in. We ventured here at a superb time of year, whilst the colours of the trees turned into their autumn wear, which reflected in the water. A stunning scene, as if painted by an artist.From the Hotel Royal, a walk along the path to...

  • Symonds Yat Rock

    The Rock is a spectacular viewing gallery that sits 500 ft above sea level over Symonds Yat East and West.It is a popular place for sighting the Peregrine Falcon during summer months..

  • Cycling, Canoeing, Kayaking,...

    ...Abseiling, Fishing and Potholing.All these activities are available at Symonds Yat. Also a popular camping area for youth groups.The Royal Forest of Dean has 200km of cycle trails and tracks.

  • Ancient Hand Ferry

    Take the ferry fromt he Saracens Head Inn, Symonds Yat West over to Symonds Yat East.The ferry is pulled by hand using an overhead rope.

  • Goodrich Castle

    At Goodrich, the keep dates from the mid-twelfth century (c.1160-70), and it is the earliest part of the castle.Bordering with Wales, an area also known as the Marches, dramatic hill scenery as the River Wye enjoy along with medieval towns with a real country feel....


    Ludlow is a great town to walk around and enjoy local shops ... a true market town with good offerings on Saturdays. We enjoyed an excellent lunch at De Grey's tearoom... the waitresses still wear those black uniforms I haven't seen in years! A must see is Ludlow Castle... once home to Katherine of Aragon before she married Henry IV.


    Hereford Cathedral is one of the most interesting and oldest in England.. it dates back to Saxon times. It's probably most famous for a small museum housing the Mappa Mundi (you can Google this fascinating item) and a 'chained' library.


    Croft Castle is a National Trust property - former home of the Croft family. It has a beautiful walled garden and Georgian furniture and ceilings dating back to the 1700's. Unfortunately, our visit was on a gloomy day, but the scenery was lovely and the Carpenter's Shop (an excellent tearoom) helped us get through the soggy weather.

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