Ballingham - Hoarwithy - Ballingham

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A riverside walk along the Wye, as it heads round a huge loop below Capler Camp. The walk stars from Ballingham, a charming village spread out over a large area. After looping around the church and village pond, the walk heads for the river where the pillars from an old railway bridge on the Ross to Hereford line are all that remain jutting out of the water.

The first of two riverside sections then follow, as the walk heads for the toll bridge at Hoarwithy. It was freed of its toll in 1935, but the delightful tollhouse still sits perched on the end of the bridge. Heading into Hoarwithy, there is the option to stop for food and drink at the New Harp Inn. It is also well worth visiting the 'Italianate' church, built in 1840, but William Poole, the vicar in 1870 decided the brick building was so ugly that he had to beautify it using sandstone in a Romanesque style, resulting in the very unusual church it is now today.

From Hoarwithy, the walk climbs up away from the river, cutting across back to Ballingham, followed by a very steep descent back down to the river, where there are fantastic views down the loop. A riverside path is then followed once again as the walk heads back out of Ballingham, passing some mild rapids in a shallow section, and then heading into woodland. There is a modest climb away from the river compared to the descent down to the river, to head to far side of the woodland, and then the walk heads back to Ballingham again, and the other end of the village where the walk started.

England - Central England - Herefordshire - Wye Valley

Features

Birds, Church, Flowers, Great Views, Pub, River, Wildlife, Woodland

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