Golden Valley

Golden Valley

Route: The Golden Valley

Area: Herefordshire

Date of walk: 26th July 2022

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 4.6 miles

Ascent: 700 feet

Weather: Cloudy but bright

This morning’s walk had taken us to the far west of Herefordshire and, inspired by the beauty of the area, we decided on another local walk in the Golden Valley. We parked in a public car park by the Peterchurch picnic area. The village church is adjacent, and dates back to Norman times but has been updated in two respects. Part of the interior has been transformed into a modern hub with a variety of activity spaces, including a community kitchen, library, and bell-ringing chamber. The other remarkable feature is the elegant spire, which is made of fibreglass. A casual observer wouldn’t notice this, and it’s a job well done

From the car park we walked out of the village and joined well named Long Lane, which took us gently uphill past a succession of cottages. We left the lane via a stile in a hedge, easily missed as the hedge was overgrown and the stile barely visible. The path continued gently uphill, passing through a barley field. We had to make a minor detour here to leave the official path, since an impenetrable hedge made a stile inaccessible (shown near Holbrook Wood on the OS map)

We continued through Oatley Farm to reach the far point of the walk. There were good views back along the Golden Valley from here. Much of the return leg consisted of a gentle descent down a quiet lane, which we left near a bridge to start an easy climb uphill followed by another descent back into Peterchurch

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