Route: Kilpeck

Area: Herefordshire

Date of walk: 25th July 2022

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 2.7 miles

Ascent: 300 feet

Weather: Mostly cloudy

On the first night of a short walking holiday in Herefordshire we were staying at the excellent Kilpeck Inn and after a hearty breakfast the next day we were well fuelled for our first walk in this area. We started from the nearby Kilpeck Church, or the Church of St Mary and St David to give it its full title. The Church dates back to early Norman times and is regarded as the finest of its type in Britain. As bad luck would have it, the exterior was concealed behind scaffolding, part of a restoration project (the scaffolding is due to be removed next week). The church is worth visiting for its south door alone, but there are many other features of interest here, including a Sheela Na Nig. This particular feature was concealed behind the scaffolding today, thus sparing our blushes

After leaving the church we visited the remains of the adjacent Kilpeck Castle, another historic place which dates back to 1090

After those fascinating diversions it was time to be getting on with the walk, and so we walked along the road to the junction by the village green and joined a track to the left of the Kilpeck Inn. We followed a succession of paths and stiles to a quiet lane where we turned right. There were good views towards the Black Mountains from this elevated section of the walk. We then descended along the edge of woodland to join the long distance Herefordshire Trail, which we followed back to the start of a lovely walk and a good introduction this unspoilt and historic county

For anyone staying in the area, I can thoroughly recommend The Bourbon on Fair Oak Farm, our base for the next four nights. The farm is also home Fair Oak Cider and the only horse-drawn cider mill in the country operating commercially

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