VISIT | Finding the Soul of Eardisland | Herefordshire
That Peace You Didn't Know You Were Looking For
Take a trip to the treasured village of Eardisland in north Herefordshire
One of the small number of places on the much beloved Black and White Trail - a tour through the pretty half-timbered buildings of old England and cross the River Arrow
One of those villages to lose yourself in for half a day or more or take one of their Memorial Walks on an intriguing path through Eardisland's story
"...that life suddenly seems simple again..."
The village of Eardisland is one of those Herefordshire villages. Its black and white timbered houses, its bespoke border oak housing, An enviable position in a river valley where the River Arrow slow dances past. Echoes of an old village – a village that still has its heart. A pub. A community shop. The bridge over the Arrow in the main street. Benches to perch and sit listening to the river music and watching the world go by.
After watching the world through our house windows and apartment blocks, this village seems to summarise the very best of just being in the world; a life for Britons of being in Britain where community, faith, environment and spirit ring true.
Take an amble through the side streets, if you can call them that, they are more like passages where the villagers used to chat across stone walls and cottage gardens, to the church of St Mary the Virgin where more quiet spots pervade under the gilded weathervane looking down on you. Take in the old AA box which is all vintage; you almost expect some classic soft top to come driving down the high street.
The river Arrow which in calm spring, summer and autumn days poddles by like some reluctant neighbour can awaken when the rains begin in this north-western corner of Herefordshire. But this village offers a glimpse of old England, a village with a heart and a façade of village quintessence with the village centre – a quiet heart beat of community across the bridge which unites the two banks of the river.
The soul of this village is perhaps revealed a little more if you amble on one of their Eardisland Memorial Walks – a collection of moving wanders that all begin at the war memorial. Each one dedicated and inspired by one of the war dead that appear on the memorial, signposted and respectfully cared for in tribute to each one of their own. This perhaps more than anything-else tells you of the soul of this village.
Directions and Map |
Find the village of Eardisland in north-west Herefordshire off the A44 or A4140