Roasts and rambles

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A feature of the lockdowns of the last year has been either advice or a legal duty to stay local. The rues vary between the four nations in the UK and Ireland has adopted county restrictions from time to time.

Ten walks in Herefordshire

It has meant that many of us have explored our own locality with more attention to what is around us than probably most of us have ever done before.

In another month – if things continue as they are – we might be able to travel to adjoining counties and one to feature could well be Herefordshire.

Set in the borders of England with Wales, the only thing that most of us know is that it is cider country. But it is also good walking country with potential walks varying from being pretty flat to quite steep so it should appeal to almost anyone who wants to forget the “four walls” of their own area and get out ad about.

As I stare out of my “office” window today, the frost has lifted and glorious sunshine has started to stream in, there is hardly a cloud in the sky. Ideal walking weather but around my own village I am beginning to think I know each blade of grass!

Still the daffodils are out for the beginning of meteorological spring and the urge to get out more has come upon me.

If I can’t go as far as Herefordshire yet, I can at least consider what to see.

With the main places being Hereford itself, Leominster, Ledbury, Ross-on-Wye, Kington and Hay-on-Wye, there is nothing of the rush about the county. The names alone indicate that and the ten walks devised by Visit Herefordshire using a banner of Roasts and Rambles tend to average about five miles long. That’s just long enough not to tire but enough to give you a decent appetite when you reach a pub that takes your fancy (when we can) for lunch or arrange to collect a take-away to munch at a beauty site on the walk.

Take, for example, a walk based on Kington. The 6.5-mile ridge loop gives you panoramic views as far as the Brecon Beacons in the west, the Black Mountains and the Malvern Hills.  Part of it includes a walk along Offa’s Dyke, that twelve hundred year old earthwork that runs almost along the border between the two countries. You’ll even see wild ponies grazing in the bracken.

This is the fiftieth year of the official opening of the Offa’s Dyke Path and we’ll be able to enjoy it when the restrictions are lifted. And when those restrictions are lifted, not only can continue to walk the county but you’ll be able to extend your time by staycationing at any of the dozens of pubs that provide B&B services, the campsites or self-contained farm buildings in one of the sparsest populated counties in England

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