With the sun once more rearing its head around the county, we might be forgiven for thinking we have another shot at summer. So what could be nicer than making the most of it by planning a picnic? There are dozens of beautiful spots to choose from so don’t delay – gather the family, get out the tartan blanket and cut those sandwiches! Here are a few ideas...
Close to the city of Hereford:
The Hereford Waterworks Museum is hosting its own Teddy Bears’ Picnic Day for children. There’ll be a teddy bear trail and quiz and you can bring your own picnic though drinks will be available. Normal admission charges apply.
Tues 14th August 11.00 - 15.00
On the site of Hereford Castle, the Castle Green is one of the city’s loveliest areas. Close to the cathedral, overlooking the River Wye and just across the Victoria Bridge to the Bishop’s Meadow, it’s an ideal spot for relaxing surrounded by vast mature trees.
Include benches, toilets, the promenade, the Nelson Monument and bowling green.
Bishop’s Meadow Hereford
The riverside parkland is very popular and has a number of recreation facilities. It borders King George V Playing Fields with its children’s play area and swimming pool.
Includes tennis courts and putting green.
This is a large green space with wonderful views over the city. Enjoy the fragrant gardens and the small arboretum.
Includes benches, view-point area and dog bins.
Outside the city:
A quiet corner surrounding the Priory and perfect for a gentle walk or picnic.
Includes picnic benches, links to Leominster Millennium Garden and info boards.
Long Acre Open Space, Ross-on-Wye
Located alongside the River Wye at Ross, this peaceful place can be accessed from Wilton Road, with a nearby car park.
Includes benches, picnic tables and interesting metal sculptures.
Between Bridstow and Strangford this small site is situated in the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty at the foot of the Backney Railway Bridge ruins, with the bridge’s stone supports still visible protruding from the river.
Includes parking spaces, picnic tables and benches.
Black Hill (The Cats Back)
A small picnic site with room for 10 cars and three miles north-west of Longtown, Black Hill or commonly known as the Cats Back is a useful point to investigate the surrounds or take in the impressive views.
Includes picnic tables, info boards and footpath maps.
A few miles south of Ross, the picnic place at Kerne Bridge has a reasonably large car park. With lovely views of the River Wye, the area is sited around the foot of an old railway bridge.
Includes benches and a canoe launch.
This site sprang up from a disused quarry and can be found by following the signs off a minor road between Mordiford and Dormington. With access to the Mordiford Loop Walk, there is a small car park with room for around 10 cars so it’s generally peaceful and benefits from lovely views.
Includes map of the local area and an information shelter.