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   18 - 26 JUNE 2016

Set the time aside to join us for nine days of glorious summer walking next year.

The programme is available to read or download on the Programme page, where you can also book your tickets    The sun is out and there's warmth in the air.   All very exciting !!

The long distance trail for 2016 is The Wyche Way.  Launched at the Kington Walking Festival last September, the four sections of the walk that cross the county from the Welsh border to the Malverns are featured during the week.   

There's a special accommodation package for The Wyche Way, including coach transfers & packed lunches.  Email info@rural-concierge.co.uk for the details.

There are some splendid festival ‘firsts’.  Jump into the saddle for a cycle ride to Berrington Hall and a guided walk through the grounds in this anniversary year of Capability Brown and our longest walk ever – 20 miles on south Herefordshire paths & lanes.   

For shorter walks: 4 gentle miles around Haugh Wood listening to the evening chorus, look at the centre of Hereford in an entirely new light learning of the development of food marketing through the ages or 2 miles around Hay discovering Major Herbert Rowse Armstrong, the only solicitor in the UK ever to be hanged.  Robin Thorndyke, author of the recently published Brian Hatton Trail, has taken over from Garth Lawson as leader of Walk 38 'In Search of Brian Hatton'.

It filled so quickly last year that there is another chance to visit The Leen, combining a herd of Hereford cattle founded in 1780 and a modern farm unit with 700 milking cows, broiler sheds and an anaerobic digester - an absolute must for fans of The Archers.  

Old favourites and new ideas.   Discover Mortimer Forest and the landscape around Leintwardine in the north of the county, walk along the River Monnow in the south, fabulous views along Offa’s Dyke to the west, with orchids on the downs & the Malverns to the east.   Learn from the experts on poetry in Herefordshire, a year in the life of local farmers, wildlife in puddles & ponds, bats and birdsong and the skills of orcharding.  The history and heritage of Hay-on-Wye;  Hereford’s bridges, food through the ages, WW1 activity and the Rotherwas Ribbon, the paintings of Brian Hatton, all are covered during the festival.   

Celebrate the summer solstice and greet the rising sun.  Discover the benefits of Nordic Walking.  See the Duchy’s newly planted walled garden at Harewood End.  Take the children for an afternoon of fun on Bromyard Downs. So much to choose from!!