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Starting at Mirystock Bridge and or tunnel in the Forest of Dean. Part of the Serridge Enclosure revealing the historic industrial forest.

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Mirystock Bridge - Serridge Enclosure Forest of Dean. One thing strikes you about these woods just outside of Lydbrook in the Forest of Dean and that is the Wild Boar. People appear to be excited by their presence. And no matter where you look you can see evidence of them as they turn up the soil to reveal roots, bulbs and tubors. There is of course fantastic heathland nearby and evidence of the areas industrial heritage most notably Mirystock Tunnel and or Bridge, which is 221 meters long. The tunnel allowed for the connection of the Severn and Wye Valley railway running from Lydney with the Ross and Monmouth network at Lydbrook. It's an interesting relic amid this part of the Forest of Dean.

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Haugh Wood - Mid Wye. The woods ara a favorite with people from across the West Midlands and Herefordshire region especially those from the City of Hereford, which is 6-7 miles West. An ancient woodland it's named after a Saxon owner (Hoff) and is 850 Acres or 350 Hectares in size. With a variety of tree species, it is a mixed woodland attracting up to 600 different species of butterfly and moth making it one of the top 10 sites in the UK and an SSSI. Amid the Woolhope Dome and its non-intensified farming this makes it a mega rural retreat and day out for hikers, mountain bikers, photographers, artists and or wild campers.

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Beyond in the village of Woolhope is the Crown Inn whilst the Moon Inn at Mordiford is another welcoming public house with facilities if needed.

Quick Guide: Access is via hike, bike or car. The latter is off the B4224 Hereford to Ross road or the A449 at Much Marcle. Bus is via Hereford to Fownhope getting off at Mordiford - Access is via North, East, South and West...just follow the waymarks on the OS Map 189

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The North Easterly slope gives the walker access to the open fields below and Troy Farm. Marked clearly on the OS Map 14 you can walk through the farm. A word of warning to those less accustomed to full on farming it is well worked although organic and old at its core at 14th century. Beyond is Troy house, which is itself awesome and looking like it did in the 16th century when Dukes of Beaufort used the place and lived there. To the rear strangely is Humble by Nature Kate Humbles farm project.

Quick Guide: Buses 69 - 36 - 34 and 83 Abergavenny to Monmouth or (see this guide) or hike in. Parking and car would be at the Inn at Penalt or the Old Church (see map) or links. To get there take a turning of the B 4293 out of Monmouth.

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Queens Wood and Bodenham Pools. Situated mid-way between Hereford and Leominster on the A49 Queens Wood is a remnant of an ancient forest stretching West all the way to Wales. Formerly known as Kingswood and very much a part of the Hampton Court Estate in the 17th Century it's now named Queens wood after its establishment in 1953 during the Queens Coronation.

Here you'll find 123 acres of regenerated, semi-natural, ancient woodland, designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest and an arboretum which covers 47 acres and has more than 1,200 trees from around the world.

Among the trees to be found are oak, wild service and small leaved lime as well as 190 different plant species. Many mammals live and dwell here also most notably polecat and yellow-necked mice, whilst fallow and muntjac deer whilst in the South Woods Nationally rare dormice are found.

With great views of Herefordshire to the South it's a fantastic day out.

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Quick Guide: Bus 492 Hereford to Leominster - Bus 426 Hereford to Bodenham - car parking is off the A49 at Queens Wood. Parking Details. Full access via way marks and public footpaths.

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