Eardisley Walk to the Great Oak and beyond

Eardisley Ramblers second outing around the local footpaths of Eardisley, Herefordshire


Today we joined the Eardisley Ramblers group on their second adventure. A lovely crisp autumn day, the full walk was a little over six miles with the option to leave after about three on Park Lane, which leads to the back of the church (see map below).  The walk took us to the Great Oak (above) which is rumoured to have been mentioned in the Doomsday Book but probably not true as the tree is an estimated 800 – 900 years old.  If you find yourself here give it a hug and get in touch with your ancestors.

Have a look at the photos of our afternoon below and view a more detailed OS Map here.

Off we go!

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Eardisley Circular Walk

A pleasant afternoon with Eardisley Ramblers Group (Herefordshire) on their first outing.

Yesterday we had a very enjoyable afternoon joining Eardisley Ramblers Group on their first outing.  The aim of the group, led by David Bennett is primarily to establish an inner circular walk around Eardisley, not the walk we went on today, and to highlight the poor state of repair to stiles, signage and the footpaths in general.

Twenty-three walkers met in The Tram car park  of various ages and abilities.  The walk had been designed so that people could easily drop off along the way during and after the first few miles if they desired. It turned out to be a lovely day with good exercise and very good company.  For more information on the group and future walks take a look at the Eardisley Community Access Point page on facebook and like it!

Meeting up in The Tram car park.

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Follow the detailed map for precise directions, however: leave the Tram Inn, head up Woodseaves Road past Canon Ford Avenue and take the first stile on your left.  Follow the signs through two fields to join a narrow footpath running behind the Old Mill and The Barns where you exit by Eardisley Church. Go through the Millstream  Gardens estate and the field at the back onto the old tram line which joins the Almeley Road. Straight across the road following the signs into a large field.  Walking up the right side of the field at about two thirds through cross to the left, over a stile, and follow the line of trees in this field to the top. At the top turn right down a steep bank and across a rickety bridge into Hollywell Dingle. Take the high road (top path) through Hollywell Dingle and follow it right to the end. Over another stile, through a field and onto a lane leading to the A4111.  Shortly before reaching the main road there is a footpath to the left follow this across the field and exit via a gate onto the A4111. Turn left for 50 yards or so and then right into Bower Lane.  After a short distance (one field width) take the footpath into a field that you cross diagonally.  From this point the signage is pretty sparse but basically it’s all down hill from here. Keep an eye out for the few kissing gates and follow your nose!

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Hergest Common/Grove Farm Walk

A short but hilly walk exploring the permissive access to Grove Farm from Hergest Common, Herefordshire

The last time I walked on Hergest Common I notices that a new footpath had been opened up. So, on possibly the hottest ever recorded October day, I set off with Bandit to explore.

The great thing about Hergest Common is that, although popular, there are so many footpaths and routes that once off the standard ‘hike to the top’ walk it is rare to encounter more than a few people for your entire visit. Today though, in the unnaturally hot weather with, literally, buzzards wheeling in the sky it had a slightly eerie feel.  It was almost like being in a scene from The Day the Earth Caught Fire.

For precise instructions see the detailed OS map.  However, walking up from Ridgebourne Road onto Hergest Common, look for a kissing gate after a short distance on your left. About two thirds of the way through the first field there is another kissing gate, again on your left, where you start to descend to Grove Farm.  Once through the farm carry on down the farm track.  There is a footpath running through some woodland about halfway down the track which I imagine is the official route but it was seriously overgrown and I was only wearing sandals, so I carried on down the track to Upper Hergest.  Turn right following the road all the way up to Hergest Common farm. Then right again to take you back down through the common and back onto Ridgebourne Road.

This is a short walk, about three and a half miles but with a couple of quite steeps climbs. I took it easy, ambling along, taking photos, and completed it in a little over an hour and a quarter.  Enjoy.

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Hergest Ridge

Hergest Ridge

A favourite place

As I am a self proclaimed dog walker and haven’t mentioned dogs or walking yet I thought I better had.  I have been walking over what I affectionately call ‘the hill’ since we moved back to Herefordshire , from Cardiff, some ten years ago.  Always with a minimum of one dog and sometimes with family and friends, I have covered most of the open land, bisected by the Offa’s Dyke Path and still never tire of the beautiful diverse scenery to be found here, on the English/Welsh border.

Please browse my photo album below which will take you on a little virtual tour of this wonderful place and which I will continue to add to.  So come back and visit again.

Walks to try

Here are a sample of some of the walks I have taken, click on the red marker for details or use the ‘view larger map link’. All the walks start from Ridgebourne Road, the Kington side of Hergest and were recorded using My Tracks on my Android phone.


Walk to the top and back

This is probably the most popular walk which is up over the top of the hill and then back around one half of the Victorian country race track, I walked a little further here so that the dogs could have a drink at the hill top pool.

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Off the beaten track #1

This walk takes in the southern half of the race track, the ridge and then follows the lower ground past Hergest Farm.

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Off the beaten track #2

A variation of the above walk taking the northern branch of the race track. Also shows (blue marker) where the monkey puzzle trees are situated.

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Walk to Gladestry

This walk takes you right down the ridge and to The Royal Oak in Gladestry.  Good beer but I would suggest taking your own sandwiches rather than sampling their menu, although that was a while ago now and things may have improved.

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There are other equally beautiful walks to the north through wooded hills and lower lands but I have not, yet, recorded them.