Mordiford - Nupend Wood - Haugh Woods - Mordiford

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Mordiford is an attractive village near Hereford, surrounded by a patchwork of fields and woods. The River Lugg flows around the edge of the village, a beautiful river snaking its way through meadows, orchards and farmland. The river is crossed by a beautiful bridge, with several arches, that dates back to 1352, making it the oldest surviving bridge in Herefordshire.

Much of the walk is in woodland, including Nupend Wood and Nature Reserve, which dates back at least 400 years and may be even older, and sites astride a steep-sided limestone ridge. Haugh Wood is a much bigger woodland at 850 acres, which makes up most of the second half of the walk. It is of national importance for butterflies and moths, with over 600 different species recorded here, making it one of the top ten most important woodlands in the country.

There is quite a wide ford crossing on the walk, passable by stepping over rocks. However, crossing may not be possible if the stream is high after heavy rain.

England - Central England - Herefordshire - Wye Valley

Features

Butterflies, Church, Pub, Public Transport, River, Wildlife, Woodland
26/04/2019 - Stephen Paul Monaghan

We walked to Mordiford from Holme Lacy, via Mordiford Bridge, on Easter Sunday. As this was about a 4 mile round trip already, we only did a part of this walk, starting at Point 5 and following it as far as Point 12, where we picked up the Wye Valley Walk. This was followed into Mordiford and Points 1-4 took us back to the bridge. No problems with navigation on the section we did. A few comments are shown below. Point 8: There is no need to descend into the ditch, as i) it is a bit overgrown and ii) the footpath rejoins the path you were already on after a short distance! Point 10: although the weather had been dry for some time, we can confirm that Section 10 was very muddy (sticky clay!). The Moon Inn, Mordiford, did sandwiches at lunchtime, as well as Sunday dinners, which many pubs don't.

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