THE Herefordshire countryside is rich in wildlife, especially near the river Wye.

A great deal of Herefordshire is accessible by public footpath, offering walkers the chance to enjoy miles and miles of riverside.

To help you find the perfect riverside ramble, we’ve put together a list of just a few tranquil trails in Herefordshire, including wildlife highlights to spot.

Hereford to Ross

This is a long walk running from the city of Hereford to the town of Ross-on-Wye. It passes through wonderful landscapes, including the northern Wye Valley. Look and listen for deer. Most of the walk is on undulating fields with some sections on quiet tracks and roads. There are some steep climbs on this route.

Distance: 18 miles


The Doward

Symonds Yat Rock is one of the most beautiful viewpoints along the Wye and a firm favourite with visitors. This walk takes you from Symonds Yat into the nearby Doward. Look out for birds and butterflies including peregrine falcons and rare purple emperors. There are some steep climbs on this route.

Distance: Seven miles



Coppett Hill

Coppett Hill is a haven for plants and wildlife, and easily explored on a path that provides stunning views of Goodrich Castle, Kerne Bridge and the Wye. It’s a peaceful spot with an RSPB observation post for bird watching.

Distance: 6.3 miles