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On walks in Herefordshire you can expect to find sweeping panoramas, vibrant riverbanks, undulating field paths and more wildlife than people. This is one of the most rural counties in England and has a vast amount to offer you on your explorations. The county’s western border is shared with Wales while the majestic River Wye flows in from the west, travels through the county town of Hereford and takes in some wild meanders on its southerly return to Wales. 

With parts of two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) to take in – Wye Valley and Malvern Hills – there’s a tremendous number of fantastically gorgeous hikes in Herefordshire. Much of the county is made up of undulating, pastoral landscapes with low hilltops. For greater heights, you can explore the Malverns in the east or get a blend of both in the Golden Valley and Welsh Marches to the west. If you’re after flat or wooded walks, the River Wye and its stunning, forested valley will capture your heart.


Top 20 best walks and hikes in Herefordshire

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    Intermediate
    02:39
    5.62 mi
    2.1 mph
    825 ft
    825 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    04:00
    8.35 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,375 ft
    1,375 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    02:39
    5.48 mi
    2.1 mph
    925 ft
    925 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    02:55
    6.39 mi
    2.2 mph
    750 ft
    750 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.
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    Intermediate
    02:02
    4.81 mi
    2.4 mph
    225 ft
    225 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Easy
    01:07
    2.52 mi
    2.2 mph
    250 ft
    225 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Difficult
    05:14
    11.0 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,750 ft
    1,750 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
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    Easy
    01:57
    4.26 mi
    2.2 mph
    475 ft
    475 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    01:28
    2.84 mi
    1.9 mph
    675 ft
    675 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
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    Intermediate
    03:56
    7.12 mi
    1.8 mph
    1,925 ft
    1,925 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Difficult
    06:14
    13.0 mi
    2.1 mph
    2,100 ft
    2,100 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
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    Intermediate
    02:53
    6.16 mi
    2.1 mph
    825 ft
    825 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Easy
    01:17
    2.60 mi
    2.0 mph
    475 ft
    500 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    03:19
    7.43 mi
    2.2 mph
    675 ft
    675 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.
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    Intermediate
    03:44
    8.60 mi
    2.3 mph
    550 ft
    550 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    03:37
    7.71 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,075 ft
    1,075 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
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    Intermediate
    02:44
    6.05 mi
    2.2 mph
    650 ft
    650 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    02:15
    5.42 mi
    2.4 mph
    150 ft
    150 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    04:09
    9.02 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,100 ft
    1,100 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    04:28
    9.35 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,400 ft
    1,425 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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Adventuring in Herefordshire’s AONBs

With two AONBs on top of its largely rural landscapes, all of the hikes in Herefordshire are peaceful, nature-filled and picturesque. The Malvern Hills AONB lies on the county’s eastern border, with the boundary mostly running along the ridge. Millennium Hill and Herefordshire Beacon are twin summits near the town of Ledbury, notable for their exceptional views as well as the enormous Iron Age earthworks sprawling over their tops. You can continue along the hills to the south to seek out Midsummer Hill and its Iron Age hillfort as well as exploring Eastnor Deer Park and the surrounding woodlands. 

To the south, if you’re after riverside strolls then some of the best hiking trails in Herefordshire lie in the wonderful Wye Valley AONB. After passing through Hereford, the river embarks on a series of enormous meanders, doubling back on itself in lazy loops with pockets of woodlands dotted about between tiny old villages and open fields. There are innumerable footpaths and bridleways near the river, and you can follow its banks closely if you like. Ross-on-Wye and Symonds Yat are the most beautiful bases for adventures down here. 

Wildlife spotting on rural walks

Thanks to its rural nature and wide variety of landscapes, from the woods and rivers to the hills and fields, you’ve got a great opportunity for wildlife spotting along your walks in Herefordshire. In the Wye Valley, keeping quiet can really pay off if you’d like to spot the resident fallow, roe and muntjac deer bounding away through the trees. At Symonds Yat in the far south, keep your eyes on the sky to spot the local peregrine falcons while on the river itself, kingfishers can often be seen zipping through the air.

There’s abundant wildlife to see throughout Herefordshire from buzzards and sparrowhawks to mink, butterflies and foxes. Spring and summer are particularly wonderful times to see a wide variety but the county always has something interesting in store for you no matter when you go exploring.


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