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Capler Wood and the River Wye

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Capler Wood and the River Wye
Author: Claire, Published: 09 Aug 2014 Walk rating : Rating:star1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
Herefordshire, Wye Valley
Walk Type: River or lakeside
Capler Wood and the River Wye
Length: 3 miles,  Difficulty: boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
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A 2.5 mile circular walk through the woodland slopes alongside the River Wye in Herefordshire. The ancient woodland slopes are a blaze of colour with wild flowers in the spring and the beautiful River Wye is host to lots of wildlife.

The walk follows a mixture of quiet country lanes (take care of the traffic on these) plus woodland/grass tracks alongside the river which can get fairly muddy after periods of rain. All of the paths are a good width and there are no stiles, gates or steps on the route. There is one long fairly steep descent along a road and a steep ascent up a stone track at the end of the walk. There are no toilet or refreshment facilities nearby, but you could bring a picnic. Approximate time 1 to 1.5 hours.

The walk starts and finishes from the Brinkley Hill Picnic Site, just a short distance south west of the small hamlet of Ladyridge and the village of Brockhampton. There are two villages called Brockhampton in Herefordshire, this being the one located about half way between Ross-on-Wye and Hereford. The post code HR1 4SL will lead you to the cottages around Brinkley Hill Farm. Continue just another few hundred yards south-west along the lane and you will find the grass mound/stone bays parking area of the picnic site on the right.

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Walk Sections

Start to Capler View Point
Start to Capler View Point

Start point: 51.9783 lat, -2.6069 long
End point: 51.9884 lat, -2.5974 long

Leave the picnic site parking area back onto the road and turn left along this, taking care of any occasional traffic. You will pass between a selection of cottages including Keeper’s Cottage and the Cider Barn. Further along you will pass Brinkley Hall Farm on the left.

Just beyond this collection of properties you will come to a staggered crossroads with a stone track marked as a public footpath for the Wye Valley Walk. Fork left here to join this stone track, passing the converted old school house on the right. Follow this grass and stone track between hedgerows for some distance, passing West Cottage on the right along the way.

The track leads you back out to a T-junction with the main lane, Capler Lane. Turn left for a few paces to reach the Capler picnic site and view point on the left. Take time here to enjoy the views which stretch down to the River Wye and across the floodplain.

Capler View Point to Cobbled Track
Capler View Point to Cobbled Track

Start point: 51.9884 lat, -2.5974 long
End point: 51.9897 lat, -2.6009 long

When you’ve finished admiring the views, continue along the lane (taking care of any traffic) passing Capler Lodge on the right. Follow the main lane as it leads you fairly steeply downhill between the sections of Capler Wood. The ancient woodland is dominated by oak, ash and lime trees and it supports a diverse range of ground plants including many damp loving ferns and mosses.

As the lane emerges from the tallest section of trees, look out for a public footpath sign on the left. Take this sharp left turn, a stone track heading down a short slope and then levelling off. Stay on the main track, ignoring the path down the steps on the left. The track will lead you down to a cobbled section of track alongside the river. (Note: if you swing sharp right here down the concrete slope you will find a rocky access point into the river should you – or your dog! – want a quick paddle).

Cobbled Track to End
Cobbled Track to End

Start point: 51.9897 lat, -2.6009 long
End point: 51.9784 lat, -2.6068 long

Keep ahead along the cobbled track with the river down to the right. The cobbles soon become a grass track which you will now follow for some distance.

The River Wye is the UK’s fifth-longest river, stretching for more than 130 miles from source to sea. The whole length of the river and its banks are a Site of Special Scientific Interest, the designation being given for the area’s geology, flora, mammals, invertebrates, fish and birds.

Some way along you will pass an ivy clad red brick chimney on the left, evidence of a property that once stood here. The track heads under another section of trees (becoming stone again) and then opens out into another wide grass section. At the end of this wide clearing, just before you draw level with the church spire visible on the opposite bank, fork left up the grass vehicle track marked with a yellow arrow.

The track soon becomes stony and leads you fairly steeply uphill. Just before you reach the road, fork right up the short slope which leads you into the car park where the walk began.

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The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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