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The Magic of the Golden Valley in Herefordshire
The Magic of the Golden Valley in Herefordshire

A step into the Golden Valley of Herefordshire

Discover the beautiful timeless of the Golden Valley of north-west Herefordshire

Wander its ridges with spectacular sights and sounds

Discover the individual histories of these Herefordshire villages like Dorstone, Vowchurch and Peterchurch

Bird of Prey on the wing calling overhead
Bird of Prey on the wing calling overhead

"...the soul-warming sights of this picturesque Herefordshire corner..."

Description |

It is one long valley. Sheltered on either side by hillsides of the most beautiful, picturesque parts of England. Known by all as the Golden Valley. When the sunlight passes east to west across the valley, the golden light surely dances upon it.

Most think that the name Golden Valley was attributed it by the Normans who having conquered the Saxons at Hastings claimed territory over last swathes of this England/Wales borderlands. That they named it for the River Dore which meanders its way down from the edge of the Black Mountains to join the River Monnow at its end. But the Normans may have just got the name wrong – the welsh word for water is dwr which does sound amazingly like Dore.

But this delightful pocket of north-west Herefordshire which stretches from Peterchurch to the edge of Hay on Wye offers delightful views of farmland and sleepy villages like Dorstone and Kingstone. There’s surprising finds on high points and low – find the ancient stone structure of Arthur’s Stone atop Dorstone on the ridge that runs to Merbach Hill – find a hero of Zulu record at Peterchurch churchyard – find places to stop and meander.

The Golden Valley a corner of Herefordshire’s green and pleasant lands not to be missed.

Directions and Map |

Find the Golden Valley either out the back of Hay on Wye and head towards Peterchurch and Hardwick, or from the Hereford-Abergavenny A465 road and take the turning for Kingstone and keep going...

Longitude: -2.998337

Latitude: 52.071495

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