WALKS, WILDLIFE & GARDENS

 

Herefordshire is a ramblers' and wildlife-spotters' dream come true, surrounded by breathtaking scenery and stunning natural surroundings. After a day spent exploring the countryside right outside the hotel, retire to the great outdoors, reserve a room at Longworth Hall Hotel, and indulge in a comforting afternoon tea.

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Haugh Woods

 

Traditional Orchards and Magical Woodlands

The name Haugh is derived from the name of a Saxon landowner and is pronounced "Hoff." This indicates that this is the location of an ancient forest. Haugh Woods is a nationally significant butterfly and moth habitat, with over 600 species reported. Because of the presence of these invertebrates, it is one of the top ten woods in the country and is recognized as an SSSI.

Haugh Woods is a refuge for cyclists, walkers, nature lovers, and photographers, with its ancient woodland full of beauty and charm. This popular destination for families and dog walkers features over 850 acres of walking, cycling, and butterfly trails.

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The Black Hill

 

Spectacular Views

The stunning Black Hill, also known as 'Crib y Garth,' is a must-see for keen hikers in the Black Mountains. Just west of Craswall settlement, a ridge rises. Looking out across the Welsh borders, the vantage points and views are just breath-taking. Not to mention the sight of the beautiful horses that roam this rocky terrain. There are a variety of long and short walks to choose from, but they are all well worth the effort to reach the summit. Keep an eye out for the magnificent red kites, buzzards, and kestrels. They are also frequent visitors to the area. This lovely section of Herefordshire also served as the location for Bruce Chatwin's novel 'On the Black Hill,' which was later adapted into a film.

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The Laskett Gardens

 

A loving Celebration of Nature and Gardens

The creations of Sir Roy Strong CH and his late wife Julia Trevelyan Oman CBE are set in the lovely landscape of Herefordshire on the Welsh borders. The gardens, which began as a bare field in 1974, have continued to evolve since then. They're the result of a joyful marriage between two people who spent most of the second half of the twentieth century at the center of the arts. The Gardens, which occupy 4 acres of picturesque Herefordshire, are carved with that story.

If you're in Hereford, don't miss it!

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Symonds Yat

 

Take in Herefordshire from the breath-taking viewpoint of Yat Rock

Symonds Yat is a township in England that spans the River Wye and is a renowned tourist attraction. Symonds Yat Rock, a limestone outcrop rising 500 feet from the banks of the River Wye, is known for its natural river views and woodland stretches.

Through a densely forested valley, the river makes its way around the outcrop. One of the most well-known overlooks in the Wye Valley and the Royal Forest of Dean is Yat Rock.

There is a lot to explore at Symonds Yat, including beautiful views, canoeing, hiking, and exhilarating bike tracks. Find out more by visiting the link below.

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Golden Valley Llamas

 

Experience the company of these charming and inquisitive woolly beasts

Golden Valley Llamas offers a pleasant llama trekking experience. Before grooming and bonding with your llama, learn how to halter him or her. A walk from the farm gate will take you through beautiful countryside while you watch your llama keep an eye on everything.

The farm has 15 llamas, and the owners are quite proud of the fact that they have produced the British Llama Society Supreme National Champion for the past two years. Two of the trekkers are Carnac and Loupin, so you might get to meet a very special animal!

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Abergavenny & surrounding areas

 

Visit, eat, explore and tell your friends you’ve stayed in the shadow of the Sugar Loaf mountain which overlooks Abergavenny.

Discover locally-produced food, great places to stay and fantastic scenery – the beautiful Black Mountains are the backdrop to Abergavenny in the south east corner of the Brecon Beacons National Park. The town is a great base for walking, cycling and just enjoying the great outdoors.

With its annual Abergavenny Food Festival, the town is also mecca for foodies – and there are plenty of gorgeous gastro pubs, ancient inns and restaurants to try in the surrounding countryside too. 

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Leominster Country

 

Heart of the black and white villages

The market town of Leominster is located in beautiful North Herefordshire, at the heart of the Black and White Villages. The town and the surrounding villages make a perfect base for exploring the wonderful rolling hills of The Marches; the border land between England and Wales.

Breath-taking views coupled with architectural delights, historic sites, wonderful gardens and great hospitality, make this a versatile destination for all.

The Leominster Country Website will help you plan your visit to Leominster and the surrounding area. Here you can find information on places to stay, upcoming events, visitor attractions and outdoor activities, shopping and much more!

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Eastnor Castel

 

An enchanting castle at the foot of the Malvern Hills

Eastnor Castle lies in Herefordshire at the foot of the Malvern Hills on the edge of the Cotswolds.

Surrounded by a beautiful deer park, arboretum, and lake, Eastnor Castle is the home of the Hervey-Bathurst family.

Besides being a fascinating and award-winning visitor attraction, Eastnor Castle fulfils other roles as an exclusive-use wedding venue, corporate team building venue and private party venue, as well as a venue for product launches and location filming.

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Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo

 

You can walk with butterflies from around the world. Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo is indoors, it’s tropical and it’s teeming with exotic butterflies.

Living butterflies fly around as you discover their fascinating lives in close-up. They’re amazing.

See for yourself every stage of their life-cycle: Egg, caterpillar, chrysalis and some of the world’s most beautiful butterflies.

Discounted tickets with the aMazing Hedge Puzzle and half price MiniGolf are available.

The species we breed in our zoo have fascinating survival strategies, and there’s loads to learn. Bring a camera for superb wildlife photography.

The Zoo shop has wonderful gifts, butterfly plants, and books on wildlife. It’s a real treat.

The butterfly farm is within walking distance of Forest Holidays in the Forest of Dean between Monmouth and Ross on Wye at Symonds Yat in the Wye Valley.

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Ralph Court Gardens

 

Twelve Unique Gardens to Explore

From Italy to Africa transport yourself around the world and beyond into a mythical-fantasy world. 

Sitting in four acres, the Rectory was built in 1850 for Reverend Arthur Lucton Childe and designed by architect Abraham Perkins from Worcester.

The present owners Stephen and Paula Morgan purchased the property in 2004, the gardens previously being used as a mini golf course.

For some fun and as keen gardeners Stephen and Paula set about creating gardens that incorporated a variety of styles and themes, before opening the gardens to the public. 

Stephen had trained in horticulture and worked on a number of gold medal large gardens at the Chelsea and Hampton Court shows. Over the years he had acquired a number of feature sculptures from Herefordshire and beyond and used these to create the themes seen in the gardens today.

They are designed to provide fun and interest in gardening, as well as take you on a journey around the world and beyond into a mythical world.

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Oaker Wood

 

Located in an idyllic woodland setting, they are the premier outdoor activities and glamping centre.

Located in an idyllic woodland setting, they are the premier outdoor activities and glamping centre on the Herefordshire, Shropshire border, and only 20 minutes from Wales. Discover your adventurous side with Paintballing, Quad Trekking, High Ropes, Escape Room, Raft Building, Clay Pigeon Shooting, Low Ropes Assault Course, Team Building, Target Shooting, It’s a Knockout, and more.

They are open all year for Activities, and offer Glamping for Groups from 1st March to early Nov.

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The Malverns

 

The Malverns are a uniquely beautiful place offering more than just landscape, with beautiful towns and thriving villages to explore.

Their festivals, arts and wide choice of attractions will give you reasons to visit for a short break or longer throughout the year.

The Malverns in Worcestershire cover a large area including the Victorian spa town of Malvern itself at the foot of the Malvern Hills, Tenbury Wells in the beautiful English countryside of the Teme Valley, and historic riverside town of Upton upon Severn.

They have fabulous accommodation to suit all tastes, the finest local produce available across a selection of fine restaurants and country inns. With activities for all, historic venues, people and museums and renowned gardens….definitely worth a visit!

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Brobury House & Gardens

 

Brobury House is a charming Victorian building on the banks of the river Wye in Herefordshire.

Since arriving in 2001, current owners Keith and Pru Cartwright have carefully renovated both the house and eight acres of garden whilst retaining the original Victorian character.

Come and experience for yourself the peace and tranquillity of Brobury House Gardens. We welcome all nature lovers, gardeners, artists, photographers and those who would just like to sit and picnic in beautiful surroundings or enjoy something tasty from our seasonal pop up cafe (available to those who have purchased garden entry) . 

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Dean Forest Railway

 

Train Rides & Experiences in the Forest of Dean

Our 4 1/2-mile line runs through beautiful woodland and countryside, offering you a chance to experience the relaxing pace of a typical country branch line. With our five stations along the way, you have time to explore the local area, taking in woodland walks and country pubs or venturing down to the Severn estuary to explore Lydney Harbour with its fantastic views across the Severn. 

 

Our volunteers work hard to ensure you have a great day out. Come join us on a Dean Forest train ride!

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Clearwell Caves

 

Underneath the mysterious Royal Forest of Dean lies something spectacular and unseen , an unfathomable natural cave system that has been mined for more than 4,500 years.

Open to all ages are nine awesome show caverns, full of exciting things to discover. All you need is a pair of sensible shoes and a sense of wonder and they’ll provide the rest.

The caverns are a chronicle of thousands of years of mining at Clearwell Caves and you can still meet the local Forest Freeminers there – men whose birthright entitles them to dig for iron ores and precious ochres still found there today.

Small Breeds Farm Park and Owl Centre

 

They have been welcoming visitors since 1991 to share their very special place and their wonderful collection of miniature, rare and friendly creatures.

They have an amazing collection of owls at the Small Breeds Farm Park and Owl Centre

It has taken them many years to gather together one of the finest breeding collections of Owls in Europe. Definitely worth a visit!

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