Join me for a walk through the beautiful English Countryside

A Walk in Herefordshire

The English Countryside is so beautiful that the best way to enjoy it is to walk in it!

I would like to share a little bit about the rural county of Herefordshire; it has an abundance of beautiful and unspoilt countryside.

Allow me to take you on a walk through fields and farms, and across hills and stiles. We will see some amazing views and beautiful wild flowers along the way.

Firstly, I'll give you a little bit of background about Public Footpaths and the surrounding area.

I hope you enjoy our walk through the beautiful English Countryside!

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The Rural County of Herefordshire

The diverse character of the landscape ranges from the North with its wooded hills to the rolling hills dotted with farms and orchards in the East, the river valleys in the South and in the West the grazed upland hillsides turn into mountain ridges.

Two parts of the County are designated “Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty” - the Malvern Hills AONB in the East and the Wye Valley AONB in the South.

There are over 4,000 registered public rights of way in Herefordshire covering just over 2,000 miles.

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Public Footpaths

In England and Wales the public have a legally protected right to travel on foot on Public Footpaths.  These can often form a dense network of short paths, offering a choice of routes to many different destinations. It is probable that most footpaths in the countryside are hundreds of years old or more.

Where a Public Footpath crosses a ploughed or planted field the landowner must ensure that the route is walkable, so he must ensure that the surface of the path is flattened after ploughing.

We have all kinds of Public Footpath signs and stiles to cross from one field to another.

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Ordnance Survey Maps

Ordnance Survey is the national mapping agency for Great Britain. Ordnance Survey Maps are usually classified as “large scale” in that they show a lot more detail than regular maps. Showing six inches to the mile or more, with exceptional detail of public footpaths and points of interest, they are ideal for navigating a walk through the English Countryside.

We are fortunate to have over 140,000 miles of public footpaths in England and Wales and these are marked by dashed green lines on the appropriate Ordnance Survey Map for that area.

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What is a Kissing Gate?

This is a “Kissing Gate”. Its purpose is to give easy passage to people but, at the same time, to act as a barrier to animals.

To pass through the kissing gate, you step into the 'V' shape on the right allowing you to move the gate to the other post and so walk out the other side.

Why the name? Well the story is that a man out walking with his lady friend can pass through first and hold the gate shut - demanding a kiss before permitting his lady friend to pass through!

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Today's Walk

I’d like you to join me on just one of the many possible walks through the beautiful English Countryside.

Today’s walk covers approximately 3 miles and is circled in red on the Ordnance Survey Map.

Notice the dashed green lines on the map, indicating where the Public Footpaths are.

This is our first stile and way marker...

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After a short walk we come to our next stile...

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And then the next way marker...

This points towards our first field, it’s been planted with Rapeseed and the farmer has left an accessible pathway through the middle of the field.

The Rapeseed is about 5 feet high and the colour is breathtakingly beautiful.

We have many fields of Rapeseed and at this time of year, whichever direction you look, you’re sure to see a beautiful blanket of yellow, the colour is so bright and vibrant, it’s quite dazzling.

What is Rapeseed?

Rapeseed oil (Canola oil) was produced in the 19th century as a source of a lubricant for steam engines.

Now Rapeseed is grown for the production of animal feed, vegetable oil for human consumption, and bio diesel.

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, rapeseed was the third leading source of vegetable oil in the world in 2000, after soybean and oil palm.

World production is growing rapidly, it’s estimated 58.4 million tonnes was produced in the 2010-2011 season.

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We then follow our footpath alongside the beautiful River Wye...

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What a View!

It’s so quiet and peaceful here; all you can hear is the birds singing.

I appreciate the birdsong and the lovely wild flowers growing everywhere, although I can’t identify them all!

Below is a selection of the wild flower photographs that we have taken along our way.

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Choice of Walks

We now have a choice of paths and walks to take, it’s a good idea to take your Ordnance Survey Map with you, so you know where you’re going!

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We choose the path that takes us up through a farm...

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The Old Post Box

Past the old post box, the letters ’GR’ tell us this was in the reign of King George VI which lasted 17 years from Dec 11th 1936 until Feb 6th 1952.

The post box is still usable and there is a collection everyday, only suitable for small letters though!

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Across the Stile

This stile is attached to the side of a house; there is a window just above the stile!

Across the stile we find ourselves in an old apple orchard.

As we approach the end of the orchard, we find that we have completed our 3 mile walk.

Thank you for joining me in such an amazing walk through the beautiful English Countryside.

I hope that you enjoyed it!

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Cloverleaf profile image

Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

Beautiful hub! Your pictures are just awesome. Thank you for taking us through such a lovely walk.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Thanks Cloverleaf,it was a lovely sunny spring day, perfect for a walk in the countryside!


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CyclingFitness 5 years ago from Nottingham UK

Great hub, and fantastic guide. The photo's really make you feel like you're there with you too.


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Indeed I enjoyed it. The photos are gorgeous and your writing is travel guide worthy. I have learned so much from this and it makes me want (even more) to visit your lovely country.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi CyclingFitness, thanks for your comments, glad you enjoyed the walk!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Thank you Hyphenbird, you are too kind! I hope you do visit England one day!


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ahorseback 5 years ago

Welcome to hubpages and to a perfect group of people , Love these pictures and the tour , I was right there with you.:-}


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi ahorseback,thank you for your welcome, glad you enjoyed the tour and I enjoyed your company!


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Mrs. J. B. 5 years ago from Southern California

Brilliant. I enjoyed the photography. The River Wye is gorgeous. Now the Kissing Gate made me laugh reading it's history. I would be through that gate first and hold the gate shut not for a kiss but to make him go away! LOL I loved this hub. It is my favorite.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Mrs J.B. Your comments made me laugh! thanks for joining me on the walk!


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downpourofwords 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas, USA

Thank you for sharing this. makes me feel that I should experience this too. I have been in the United states for a year now and I haven't got a chance to savor the beauty of countryside. Sometimes simple things in life hold more value than the exotic ones. keep writing


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi downpourofwords, I love the beauty of the countryside hope you get out there and enjoy it soon too! Thank you so much for dropping by and writing your comments.


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Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

Hi! I enjoyed walking with you in this hub. I love walking in the countryside. It made me smile reading your Kissing Gate story. Great hub. Thanks for your follow.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Thelma, thanks for joining me on the walk, I shall look forward to seeing you again.


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Tracy Lynn Conway 5 years ago from Virginia, USA

Fabulous hub! Your photos really capture this walk so well. My favorite description was of the kissing gate. Well done. Voted up and beautiful.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Tracy, it's nice to see you here, thank you for your great comments, I really appreciate it, aaah the kissing gate, we always spend a little bit longer there!! thanks for voting up, have a great day and hope to see you again soon!


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DTroth 5 years ago from My Little Hole In The Wall, HubPages, USA

Hi Duckie...

What gorgeous pictures! You are quite the photography connoisseur! Thank you for taking us on this "virtual" walk through the beautiful English Countryside. My legs are a little sore, but well worth the walk!

Voted UP, U, A and B

Take care, Duckie,

Diana


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Diane, well haven't we had a nice time on our walk, next time though let's pack a picnic and make a day of it! take care my duck! and thank you for your complimentary comments!


Memories1932 5 years ago

I enjoyed our walk together. I had the pleasure of visiting England about 30 years ago. I was visiting relatives in Bristol and in Minehead and I was amazed by the beautiful scenery. Looking forward to more walks with you through the beautiful countryside. Take care!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Memories, I'm glad you enjoyed the walk, we have is some beautiful countryside, we are very lucky here, both Bristol and Minehead are lovely areas hope you get to visit us again sometime, take care and thank you for your lovely comments.


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iZeko 5 years ago

Now I know what a kissing gate is ;-)) Pretty clever! And I love that part of the walk that goes through the middle of the rapeseed field.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi iZeko, we always spend a bit of time at the kissing gate:-)) glad you enjoyed the walk through the rapeseed, that was my favourite part too! thank you for joining me on the walk and your comments, take care and have a great day!


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annmackiemiller 5 years ago from Bingley Yorkshire England

WONDERFUL what a great hub - I loved joining you on your walk - voted up across the board

Annie


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Annie, thank you for joining me on the walk, I enjoyed your company.

We'll do it again sometime:-)

Many thanks for your comments and voting up, take care and see you soon.


SusieQ42 5 years ago

I enjoyed this walk very much! Thank you!! Very lovely...


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Susie, thank you for joining me on the walk, glad you enjoyed it, take care and have a great day.


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

Awesome hub-beautiful photos. My sister and I have always wanted to take an English Garden tour. Voted up.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Denise, we are very fortunate to be surrounded by beautiful countryside here.

I hope you and your sister get to visit over here some time, some of the gardens open to visitors are just wonderful.

Thank you for dropping by, voting up and your comments I really appreciate them.


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Enlydia Listener 5 years ago from trailer in the country

They don't have walks like this in the US...


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi EL, we are very fortunate to be surrounded by beautiful countryside here and there are some fabulous public footpath walks, many thanks for joining me on this one, I have enjoyed your company, I will look forward to seeing you again soon, take care.


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mollymeadows 5 years ago from The Shire

Wow. It's always been my dream to visit England. I've been a Ringer since I was 14 years old, and this countryside is clearly the inspiration for the Shire. Lovely....


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello molly, thank you for joining me on this virtual walk in the countryside, hopefully you will make it to England one day!

Many thanks for your visit and comments, best wishes.


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas

What a beautiful stroll that was my friend! I am bookmarking it to do it again sometime. lovely! Thanks so much for sharing. I really liked the story of the kissing gate. Just the romantic in me, I guess. Voting up!


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tlpoague 5 years ago from USA

What beautiful pictures! I have always wanted to visit England. Having read your hub, I felt as if I was walking the path with you. Thanks for sharing this wonderful walk.


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Allen Williams 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

Very nice hub with useful and interesting information.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi homesteadbound, I've enjoyed your company on the stroll this morning!

We always spend a little bit of time at the kissing gate:-)

Many thanks for your comments and vote, take care.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi tipoague, I'm glad you enjoyed our walk this morning it was nice to have your company.

I hope you will get to visit England one day!

Thank you for comments and take care.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Good Morning Allen, I'm glad you were able to join me for this walk and you enjoyed it.

I appreciate you dropping by and your comments, hope you enjoy the rest of your day.


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sonia05 5 years ago from india

beautiful and very informative hub! Its raining in my city now and the smell of freshly drenched earth is simply awesome and taking a walk along side the English countryside through your hub has truely refreshed me!

thank you for sharing!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello sonia, thank you for joining me for the walk in our beautiful countryside, I have enjoyed your company!

and many thanks for your great comments, take care and see you soon.


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miccimom 5 years ago from U.S.A

What a great place to be! The kissing gate is adorable. Thanks for the walk.....great hub!


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lambservant 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest

Lovely, Lovely, Lovely. Love the Kissing Gate.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi miccimom, I'm glad you've enjoyed our walk this beautiful morning!

Thank you for your company and comments, I hope you enjoy the rest of your day.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello lambservant, it's nice to see you, I'm glad you've enjoyed your walk this morning, the kissing gate is fun and quite unique to the UK!

Many thanks for commenting, best wishes.


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mvillecat 5 years ago from Milledgeville, Georgia

When I think of country charm I think of the English countryside. Beautiful Hub. Thanks!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello mvillecat, we are very lucky here to be surrounded by beautiful countryside to enjoy.

Thank you so much for dropping by and your your comments, take care and have a great weekend!


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suzettenaples 5 years ago from Taos, NM

Thank you for a lovely walk in the English countryside! Your photos make me feel like I am right there they are so beautiful! I have only been to London and would love to travel to the English countryside and see it. I have to put that on my bucket list. Great hub!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Suzette, thank you for joining me on a tour of the countryside, I have enjoyed your company!

I hope you will come to England again one day and sample the beautiful countryside!

Many thanks for your comments, take care.


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felicitylovespari 5 years ago

This is great. I love the countryside and this is really nice.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi again Felicity, The countryside is lovely here, I'm glad you enjoyed the walk.

Thank you for visiting and your comments and support it's much appreciated, best wishes.


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gryphin423 5 years ago from Florida

I really enjoyed the walk through the countryside, thank you! I've been to the Lake District and lived in East Anglia for awhile, you can't beat the English Countryside, I loved it :-)


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi gryphin, thank you for joining me on the walk through the countryside.

You have visited the Lake District! it's so beautiful there, next time you're over you must visit the Wye Valley!

Many thanks for your comments, take care, best wishes MM


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia

MM, such a beautiful place and such a great walk! Very interesting as well with the footpaths. Never knew that. I was surprised that the property owners had to make clear for it. I enjoy the landscapes and since I am a history buff at heart, I can't help but wonder who has walked those paths. Great job my friend. MM, take care and best to you:)


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi TLW, thank you for joining me on this walk, you are great company!

We are so fortunate here to have public footpaths through our lovely countryside.

Many thanks for your comments, have a wonderful day my friend and take care MM


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B. Leekley 4 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

I like that concept of public paths. I will likely never get an opportunity to hike in the English countryside, so I appreciate this opportunity for a virtual walk via your hub. The first two photos remind me of a wheat growing region where I lived for a while called the Palouse. To see, at Googled Images enter Palouse.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi B. Leekley, I googled Palouse, the images are beautiful, what a fabulous region to live in.

We are very fortunate here to have such a large network of public footpaths to walk, I'm so pleased you enjoyed your virtual visit.

Thank you and best wishes lesley


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daffodil2010 4 years ago

awsome


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi daffodil2010, thank you for visiting, glad you enjoyed reading!

Best wishes lesley


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

So pretty loved the walk through your countryside. So pretty. Voted Up and Shared.


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

Oh wow! very beautiful! wished i could touch the grass on my feet on this beautiful countryside.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi moonlake, thank you for joining me on a walk through the countryside, glad you enjoyed it and thanks for the votes, have a lovely day, best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi unknown spy, glad you enjoyed your virtual walk through our beautiful countryside, many thanks for your comments.

Have a wonderful day, best wishes Lesley


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Your photos are soooo breath taking and real, MM. I feel like thanking you for saving me the price of a plane ticket to get over and see my ancestor's homeland. Thanks for taking me on that lovely walk! Sharing this on PERSONAL email with FAMILY.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi rebecca, thank you for joining me on this walk, it's one of my favourites - the countryside is beautiful here, I'm so pleased you enjoyed it and thank you for sharing it with your family!

Enjoy your day, best wishes Lesley


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Freya Cesare 4 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

Hi, MM. Thank you! I wish I was there with you. Beautiful!


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Freya, thank you for stopping by - I'm so pleased you have enjoyed the English countryside!

Best wishes and take care my friend, Lesley

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