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    River Lugg

 

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    Location Map

 

    Queens Wood Website

 

    Queens Wood Cafe

 

    Queens Wood History

 

    Wild Life Trust

 

    Facebook

 

    Railway Inn

 

    Houghton Bodenham

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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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Troy Park Wood - Penalt Old Church. We recommend starting your exploration at Penalt Old Church (Wye Valley 2.5 KM North of Monmouth). Spend a little time admiring this late medieval place of worship 16th Century and the views it lends the observer of life and then follow the waymark to the rear of the church North West into Troy Park Wood. An ancient mixed woodland it forms part of a Southerly ridge bordering the Troy House and Farm estate. Although a singular track much of the time due to it being twee in girth it is however long at around 2Km. Half way through open ground appears as a result of forest clearance affording the walker amazing views of Monmouth below and the Black Mountains to the West. This wood is about the views and will not disappoint.

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Be prepared to come across wild boar unexpectedly browsing and raptors perching above. We didn't spend long here being on a long-distance hike but a detour East will bring you to the Woorgreens nature reserve constituting ponds and heathland.

 

Quick Guide: Access is via hiking or the car park South of the B4234 junction with the A4136 at the Serridge Enclosure. Bus is via the Ross to Monmouth (35) service or the Gloucester to Coleford (31) service.

Associated with this area of the Wye on this website.

 

   Forest of Dean

 

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    Location Map

 

    Bridge Hike

 

    Wild Boar

 

   Lydbrook

 

   Local Conservation

 

    Lydbrook Pubs N Food

Associated with this area of the Wye on this website.

 

    Hereford

 

Other Links

 

    Location Map

 

    Haugh Wood

 

    Joans Hill Farm

 

    Butterfly Blog

 

    Mountain Biking

 

    Crown Inn

 

    Moon Inn

 

   

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.

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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: 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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Associated with this area of the Wye on this website.

 

    St Briavels

 

Other Links

 

    Location Map

 

    Old Church Penalt

 

    Penalt Inn

 

    Troy Estate

 

    Humble by Nature

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.

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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Nearby is Bodenham Lake a fundamental part of Queens Wood. It is the largest body of water in the county of Herefordshire and supports a wide array of wild fowl and mammals. There are trails around the lake and a bird hide for keen birders. Please follow the links on the right for more information.

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