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More about Credenhill Park Wood

Once the site of a busy Iron Age tribal capital, Credenhill Park Wood has also been a Roman army depot and a medieval deer park. Today, the wood is a peaceful place for a walk, to enjoy terrific views and to let all that history capture your imagination.

If you love amazing views, beautiful woodland flowers and plenty of history then a visit to this inspiring woodland is a must.

It’s a place to look to the Black Mountains in Wales and imagine how it must have looked to all the people who have passed that way over the millennia. Iron Age warriors once guarded the hill fort that still encircles the hilltop, Roman legionaries stopped by too, and Saxon settlers chose to stay and put down roots.

Credenhill Park Wood is a landmark. Its 90ha (220 acres) of woodland clothe the slopes of a free-standing hill, which rises above the valley of the River Wye. The wood has areas of plantation conifers, but there’s ancient, semi-natural woodland to explore too (in all there are more than 3,000m (3,280 yards) of improved and surfaced paths).

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Great spotted woodpecker
(Photo: WTML/Pete Holmes)

The ancient woodland is at its best in spring when bluebells are in bloom along with early purple orchid, wild garlic and herb-paris. In autumn the wood’s broadleaved trees come into their own, with rich reds, golds and yellows – as well as oak, ash and beech, you will find field maple, small-leaved lime and wych elm.

The wood has lots of wildlife to see. There’s a good chance that you will spot a buzzard soaring high above you or catch a glimpse of a deer too, as fallow, roe and muntjac live within the wood’s bounds. If you’re very lucky you may even spot a goshawk.

So, whether you’re interested in beautiful woodland, fascinating wildlife, good walks or big views, Credenhill Park Wood has it all.

There are several walks around the site or you can climb the hill to the fort (see the information board at the entrance). Wear sturdy shoes and be prepared for a steep climb to the top of the hill. Steps and hand rails are installed at the steepest points.

Paths are steep and sometimes uneven, so are not suitable for wheelchair users. There is a designated horse riding route along the site through license agreement.

Setting

Credenhill Park Wood is 0.8km (half a mile) from the Hereford Hills village of Credenhill and 8km (five miles) north-west of Hereford. It occupies a prominent position in the landscape, rising to 221m (725ft) above sea level, with views over the Wye Valley and beyond.

OS Explorer 202, Landranger 149, SO450445

Access and walks

Credenhill Park Wood sits just a kilometre from the centre of Credenhill village to the west of Hereford.  The woodland is formed on a rounded knoll of land so all of the paths have steep sections, even those that follow contours.  The main lower routes that do follow contours fairly well are stoned but all other paths are not surfaced.  Steps and hand rails are installed at very steep points as the ground is often wet and slippery.  There are just two access points for pedestrians (both towards the South of the site) and horse riding along a designated route is available through license agreement.  The internal path network does not link with the well represented public right of way network in the wider landscape. 

The wood’s main entrance is at the car park just off the Credenhill-Tillington road. There is an information board and there are other interpretation boards elsewhere in the wood too. Also, look out for a celebratory sculpture (and interpretation board) in the cherry plantation above the car park area, which depicts a scaled version of the hill fort’s earthworks.

A short path leads from the car park to a kissing gate, which is suitable for pushchair access. There is a second entrance point to the wood along its southern boundary via a public footpath.

Several paths lead to the top of the hill, where there are stunning views over the hilly, border landscape. The woodland has a network of paths, rides and tracks, including 2.75km (1.7 miles) of improved, surfaced paths.

Two waymarked routes offer circular walks, but visitors are free to explore the whole path network. Many visitors climb to the hill fort and follow the walkway along its ramparts.

Wear sturdy shoes and be prepared for a climb on the way to the top of the hill. In places the paths are steep and surfaces are sometimes uneven, which means that they are unsuitable for wheelchair users. Lots of work has been carried out recently to improve paths, but some routes remain unsurfaced, including a waymarked section of around 280m around the hill fort.

Directions

By bus
Buses run from Hereford to Credenhill each day, except Sundays, as below:

Service Number 71 stops at Credenhill, Station Road, Credenhill, opposite the Post Office. Provider: First Midland Red Buses Ltd.

Service Number 461 stops at Credenhill, A480/Station Road T-junction, adjacent to Station Road. Provider: Sargeants Bros., Kington

By train
The nearest train station is Hereford (about eight kilometres/five miles from Credenhill Park Wood).

For further information on public transport contact traveline on 0871 200 2233.

By bike
If you are arriving by bicycle, there are bike posts in the car park that you can use.

By car
From Hereford, take the A438 and turn right onto the A480, shortly after the Wyevale nursery. Go straight on at a roundabout and then take the second turning on the right. The Credenhill Park Wood car park (grid ref. SO454440) is on the left, just off the Credenhill-Tillington road near Tillington, and holds between 10 and 12 cars. It can be busy in good weather.

Nearest amenities

Toilets
The Bell pub, north of Credenhill Park Wood on the road to Burghill, has toilets for customers’ use.

Other toilet facilities in the local area can be found at:

• Blackfriars Street
• Bus Station, Union Walk
• Castle Green
• East Street
• Maylords Orchard
• St. Martins
• Union Street/Ladies

More information is available through the Herefordshire Council’s website: Herefordshire Gov.

Refreshments
There are shops in Credenhill and nearby Weobley, which also has tea rooms and pubs. The nearest pub to Credenhill Park Wood is The Bell, Tillington HR4 8LE (telephone 01432 760395), which serves meals every day (grid ref. SO464453).

Accommodation and tourist information
For information about accommodation in the area, go to Visit Herefordshire or phone 01432 268430.

Entry into our woods is free but please donate now to help us care for them.