Woolhope - Ridge Hill - Sollers Hope - Woolhope

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A pleasant walk taking in an area known as the Woolhope Dome, which is a rim of hills and folds resulting from the underlying geology of the Silurian limestone, unlike most of the rest of Herefordshire, which lies on old red sandstone. The dome supports a rich mosaic of ancient woodlands, species-rich hedgerows, wildflower meadows, traditional orchards and a wealth of wildlife.

The walk starts at Woolhope, which is at the centre of the dome. It is a quiet and pretty village, which has built up around a 12th Century church. There is a long climb up Ridge Hill early on in the walk, followed by a long section along the top of the ridge. You are well-rewarded for your efforts with fine views to the Mavens to the east and Black Mountains to the west. A TV transmitter sits on top of the hill, which some may consider an eyesore, where others may consider it adds interest to the view. It has become part of the landscape of this area and will be seen a lot during the course of the walk, although it will disappear from sight for long sections.

The walk finally descends the ridge into Sollers Hope, which is situated in a perfect example of an enclosed valley. The village has a church and Elizabethan manor-house and has had a castle in the past.

The walk starts and finishes at the Crown Inn in Woolhope which serves good quality food and drink at reasonable prices.

England - Central England - Herefordshire - Countryside

Features

Church, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Pub, Wildlife, Woodland
25/11/2018 - David Merriman

A great walk with fine views even on the day we walked it which was cloudy. Many ancient cottages and farmhouses. A number of stiles need crossing with caution as in poor condition. Would recommend amending the directions at point 7. There are 2 barns of a similar design. The photo shows the second one but the angle of the photo makes it look like the first and to add to confusion the first barn has a track leading up opposite it. I would suggest saying keep on the farm track past 2 barns and follow the track around to the left.

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