Nine Awesome Autumn Walks

Nine Awesome Autumn Walks

Autumn is here and our beautiful county is slowly changing. The burnished reds and golds of autumn are starting to appear in all our favourite walking spots. If you love the change of seasons as much as we do then here are nine awesome autumn walks in Herefordshire for you to enjoy with your family and friends.

Bircher Common HR6 0BN

Bircher Common is one of our favourite go to places in autumn. It’s a very pretty spot bustling with wildlife and the perfect place for a stroll and located close by to NT Croft Castle & Parkland. During the autumn months it’s just a sea of glorious reds and golds. With fantastic views too it’s no wonder it’s a popular spot.

Bromyard Downs SatNav HR7 4QJ

Rising to over 700 feet, the Bromyard Downs dominate the local area and form an impressive backdrop to the market town of Bromyard. With spectacular views, it is a peaceful haven with a diverse range of wildlife. It attracts walkers and nature lovers with its peace and tranquillity. An area of outstanding natural beauty and a gorgeous spot for an autumn walk.

Garway Hill, Garway, Herefordshire HR2 8RU

If you’re looking for pure ruggedness, wildness and some of the best views in Herefordshire then head up to Garway Hill this autumn. From this point there is a view of seven counties, the 360-degree panorama taking in May Hill, The Sugar Loaf, Hay Bluff and Skirrid is both spectacular and breath-taking. It’s a fabulous spot from which to watch the gorgeous White Mountain horses and the abundance of wildlife that resides on the hill, not to mention a perfect autumn sunrise or sunset.

Haugh Wood Hereford, SatNav HR1 4QX

The ancient woodland at Haugh woods is full of beauty and charm especially during autumn. A haven for cyclists, walkers, nature lovers and photographers at all times of the year. With over 850 acres to explore of walking, cycling and butterfly trails, this is a popular destination for families and dog walkers and absolutely perfect for an autumn stroll.

The two most popular walks from here are the Three Choirs Way and the Wye Valley Walk which skirt the edge of the woods, however it also links with the Mordiford Loop a circular trail taking you through traditional orchards, woodland and more beautiful countryside.

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Queenswood Country Park and Arboretum, Dinmore Hill Leominster HR6 0PY

The amazing 123 acre ancient woodland at Queenswood Country Park & Arboretum is just glorious to walk round in the autumn. The colours of the park are completely transformed and the views are just breath taking. With its fantastic arboretum, a 47 acre tree collection with over 1,200 rare and exotic trees, this really is the place to be. If you adore wildlife and nature you’ll love the dramatic show of colours, fragrances and wildlife all throughout the year.

Once part of the Hampton Court Estate during the 17th century. Queenswood Country Park & Arboretum is now designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Local Nature Reserve (LNR).

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Wyndcliff and Eagle’s Nest SatNav NP16 6HD

If you enjoy a challenging autumn trek then head out to Wyndcliff and Eagle’s Nest. It is one of the most stunning viewpoints in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley. The climb up to the viewpoints are not for the feint hearted but once at the top the panoramic views across the lower Wye Valley, the rivers Wye and Severn, Chepstow, the Severn Bridges and the Cotswolds hills are spectacular.

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Symonds Yat SatNav GL16 7NZ

The gateway between south Gloucestershire and Herefordshire, Symonds Yat is famed for its beautiful river scenery. An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that straddles the River Wye, filled with gorgeous wooded expanses, natural landscapes and captivating wildlife. It’s the ideal spot for an autumn adventure. If you fancy getting more of a bird’s eye view, head up Symonds Yat Rock which towers 120 metres above the river. Here you can look out for the peregrine falcons, goshawks, ospreys and buzzards who all feature here at different times of the year. It’s a magical place with the most wonderful views.

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Hellens Manor, Much Marcle, Ledbury HR8 2LY

The beautiful grounds, walled gardens, woodlands and pond at Hellens Manor are exceptional during autumn and a beautiful spot for a gentle stroll or ramble. If you’re going to make a day of it why not take a tour of the old manor which has passed through a series of families during the centuries, it’s full of fabulous history and stories too.

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NT Berrington Hall Leominster HR6 0DW

Standing proud and strong, this fine Georgian mansion sits within Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown’s final garden and landscape. In the autumn the gardens are a real pleasure to explore. In the centre of the walled garden, you can discover ‘LOOK! LOOK! LOOK!’. A bold contemporary pavilion designed by internationally renowned artists, Heather and Ivan Morison. Inspired by Berrington’s Georgian origins and eighteenth-century culture. This 8-metre-tall by 8-metre-wide pink structure inhabits the walled garden. Highlighting the importance of this piece of ‘living history’ as the final masterpiece of ‘Capability’ Brown.

There are acres of parkland to explore and enjoy this autumn. So pop on your walking boots and head outdoors. Visitors must book their visit online here

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We hope you enjoy our nine awesome autumn walks this winter.

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