Wyevale Wood

Wyevale Wood is a light, leafy, level woodland wander with lots of room to run around and play. It is low down and sheltered with wide paths suitable for off-road pushchairs. There is also a brilliant hide where you can watch the birds and plenty of pathways to explore. There is a small parking area and a short walk along a bridleway to the woods. This woodland nature reserve is only minutes from Hereford but it feels a world away.

Wyevale Wood

Distance: just under a mile (we stuck to one track, there are more to explore)

Time: 40 mins (an hour after stopping to look at the woodland wonders)

Guide

From the parking area keep following the lane until it turns into a bridleway.

Continue until you come to a junction.

Take the left hand turning and go through the metal gate on your right.

As you go through the gate you enter a small clearing with a bird hide and paths going in several directions. We took the path to the left.

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This trail takes you into a shady woodland tunnel with young trees forming arches over your head.

Then it opens up as the sun streams through the taller trees. Take a moment to look up at the beautiful leafy patterns above your head.

Our adventurer loved looking at the different leaves and seeds along the edges of the trail.

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We also explored inside a den made for us by nature! There were some great sticks, twigs and nuts on the floor in here. Why not bring a blanket and set up woodland home to rest little legs?

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Next the trail led us into an open area with a gate in the far corner and two tracks leading away. We took the left hand track which was a bit bumpier than the right hand track (better for pushchairs).

This soon joined back up with the smoother trail where we continued left, around the reserve.

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We wandered through the woods, past another entrance gate and a track leading off to the right into the middle of the woods.

Soon we wandered back in to the clearing with the bird hide where we had begun – we couldn’t resist a look inside! Why not bring binoculars so your adventurer can get a closer look?

After we had finished a bit of bird spotting we headed back out of the gate and along the bridleway to the parking area.

If you are after a longer walk then you can continue along the bridleway a short distance to Drovers Wood, managed by The Woodland Trust – see map below.

Use this map to guide you on your way. Click to enlarge.

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Click on the map below to view it on ViewRanger.

The OS grid reference is SO 472 407.

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Wyevale Woodland is a Herefordshire Wildlife Trust nature reserve.

Directions: Leaving Hereford on the A438 pass Wyevale Garden Centre on your right and take the left turn onto Breinton Lane,  signposted Breinton. Take the first left hand turn, signposted Green Lane. Continue until you reach the parking area on your right.

Happy wandering,

The Beckingham Family

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