logo Walking Britain
Home About Holidays FAQ Email MENU ☰

Walk 3243 - printer friendly version

Garway Hill Common & Kentchurch Walk

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 6.3 miles / 10.2 km

Ascent - 1200 feet / 364 metres

Grade - easy/mod

Start - OS grid reference SO443247
Lat 51.918026 + Long -2.8112671
Postcode HR2 8RU (approx. location only)

This Herefordshire walk to the summit of Garway Hill and through the surrounding countryside offers some wonderful scenery, which lies between Ross-on-Wye and Hereford. The view from Garway Hill's summit is particularly notable including views into five counties on a clear day including eastern edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, and the Gloucestershire Hills.

The start is the small car park at Lower Castre (grid ref. SO443247) reached down a track from Sun Farm on the lane running just east of Garway Hill. After parking follow the wide path heading north-east uphill to reach the summit of Garway Hill passing Black Pool on your right along the way. The summit has a trig point and the remains of an old radio station. Take time to enjoy the view which is outstanding.

The onward route runs north-east along the ridge following the Herefordshire Trail to pass a radio mast. Continue ahead downhill to reach a track (grid ref. SO441261). Turn right down to a road (grid ref. SO441260). Turn left along the road following the Herefordshire Trail. Continue past Garway Methodist Church on your right and continue ahead at the road junction immediately after. Just over 120 metres from this junction take the signed footpath on the left adjacent to a pair of metal gates (grid ref. SO442265). The path heads west and passes just to the north of Burnt House Wood and then continues to pass Court-a-grove Farm on your right. The onward path continues west to reach Bannut Tree Farm and road which is reached after crossing a stone bridge (grid ref. SO423262).

Turn left along Bannut Tree Lane. After 700 metres you reach a road junction (grid ref. SO419257). Bear left following the Herefordshire Trail soon passing the very attractive Kentchurch parish church on your right and the entrance drive to Kentchurch Court on your left. For a brief section the River Monnow (the England Wales border) runs beside the road to your left. Pass Great Corras Farm on your left and follow the lane uphill with Garway Hill in view ahead to a sharp right-hand bend (grid ref. SO423248).

Take the waymarked path on the left through a metal gate and onto a track. The path bears right and then follows the edge of Copse Wood before climbing up to skirt the northern edge of Little Corras Wood to head East to reach the southern flank of Garway Hill Common. Turn left following the waymarked Herefordshire Trail up hill to revisit the summit of Garway Hill from where you can enjoy the view which includes much of the area that you have just explored on foot. To return to the start, turn right at the trig point and follow the clear path downhill past Black Pool.

Walk 3243 Route Map

Messaging & Social Media

Message Walking Britain and follow the latest news.

Facebook  Twitter

Mountain Weather

Stay safe on the mountains with detailed weather forecasts - for iOS devices or for Android devices.