There is a new walking trail in England, or relatively new, The Herefordshire Trail was launched in 2005, and it comprises a large circular loop of about 240km/150 miles around the county, passing through market towns and villages and as it winds its way through the scenic countryside of woodlands, hills and farmlands. The route was put together by members of the Herefordshire Ramblers and they have published a ringbound travel guide dividing the trail into 15 manageable sections of about 15km/10 miles each, along with detailed route descriptions, maps and linking public transportation. The Herefordshire Ramblers website has further detailed information.
The Heresfordshire Trail itself, has its own website and describes the trail: “It links the five market towns of Leominster, Bromyard, Ledbury, Ross-on-Wye and Kington along with some of the picturesque villages and hamlets for which Herefordshire is renowned. The 150-mile route takes walkers through spectacular countryside enabling them to enjoy unequalled views across our county and neighbouring counties. The landscape varies from the Malvern Hills in the east to the Black Mountains in the west, through rich arable land, apple orchards, hop fields, woodlands speckled with wild flowers, and river valleys.
Along the way are pretty rural churches, castle ruins and other historic features together with country inns and farmhouses offering bed and breakfast. The market towns each have their own character but all have a range of hotels, guest houses, restaurants and pubs.
Whether you walk the entire route in one continuous journey, choose small sections at a time, or simply retrace your footsteps over the bits you like best, we believe there is no finer way to enjoy the beauty of our county than from the Herefordshire Trail.”
The county of Herefordshire also holds a walking festival each year. This years festival was held for nine days from June 17 – 25.