Explore Hereford city centre with two self-guided heritage walks with a treasure hunt theme. Discover Hereford's "hidden treasures" whilst having a fun day out with family and friends!
Hereford is a cathedral city with the relaxed atmosphere of a country market town. Tucked away next to Wales it exudes warmth and happiness. The 12th century cathedral has a wealth of history, and is home to the Mappa Mundi, the only surviving medieval map of the world to remain intact. Visit a museum and art gallery housed in a Victorian gothic edifice. Walk down a web of narrow streets and alleyways where you might just see a full-size replica of a Hereford bull! When it's time to stop, sit awhile in a gorgeous garden, but most of all, soak up the style!
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1. Almshouses to Cathedral - 1.5 miles / 2.4 kms
From ancient almshouses next to perfumed rose gardens this walk takes you on an historical tour of timeworn Hereford. There’s a chequered museum fronted by a huge bull, followed by a charming, thriving indoor market, and narrow streets teeming with quirky shops and places to eat. You’ll pass atmospheric pubs, works of art, and reminders of famous actors, before ending your walk at the magnificent, beautiful Hereford cathedral.
2. Cathedral to River Wye - 1 mile / 1.6 kms
From the commanding Hereford Cathedral, this walk takes you rapidly out of the bustling centre via quieter roads and footpaths. Past the Old Deanery, and the superbly architected Town Hall – said to be haunted – you finally arrive at the site of Hereford’s former castle, now home to Nelson’s Column, before crossing the River Wye to meadows beyond.
Each booklet has a page dedicated to the history of the city and 2 pages summarising each walk with suggestions on what to visit along the way. Walk 1 has 21 clues & walk 2 has 14 - both with detailed directions to follow. There are interesting stories about important people, places & events along the way; detailed instructions on how to find a clue if you're stuck; and a comprehensive map with the routes marked on.
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"We really fell in love with the cathedral, and spent a long time learning about the Mappa Mundi. There were lots of unique shops too - which rather slowed us down - but we bought some food and had a picnic by the river at the end - luckily the sun was shining! Great day out. Thanks."
Latest Revision : August 2023