Geo-Trips :: Hergest Ridge from Gladestry

Hergest Ridge

A walk from Gladestry, Sat, 18 Apr 2015 by Philip Halling

A walk on Hergest Ridge

Hergest Ridge is a large upland common to the west of Kington on the border between England and Wales; in fact the border crosses Hergest Ridge resulting in it being in both countries. For many the name will be well know, Mike Oldfield’s follow up album to the hugely successful ‘Tubular Bells’ was named ‘Hergest Ridge’. At the time he was living nearby at ‘The Beacon’ where he recorded the album. The locals pronounce Hergest as ‘Hargest’.

I parked my car in the village of Gladestry to the west of Hergest Ridge. The long distance footpath, Offa’s Dyke Path crosses Hergest Ridge; the last time I walked here was in 1999 when I walked this long distance path. I followed Offa’s Dyke Path out of Gladestry and along a lane leading to Kington, after a short distance I turned left off this road and started my climb via Broken Bank to Hergest Ridge. After a short steady climb I emerged on the open access land of Hergest Ridge. Following the footpath I passed a number of round bales which had been here for some months and reached an abandoned Vicon Acrobat, a hay turner. There are a number of collections of rocks on Hergest Ridge; they may have been collected up during the World War II when the land was ploughed for food production. Beside the trig point there is another pile of rocks. Leaving the trig point I walked in a northerly direction and ascended Hanter Hill, a hill separated from Hergest Ridge by a steep sided col. The summit of Hanter Hill provides fine views, especially towards Bradnor Hill. Returning to Hergest Ridge, I followed part of the old racecourse, heading east towards Kington. Before descending to Kington, when reaching a footpath I turned right and headed back towards Gladestry, following the footpath which follows the hedge marking the boundary between enclosed farmland and the open common land of Hergest Ridge. Continuing, I passed a farm named Bage, and a little further along I reached a bridleway which took me down to the farm of Upper Hergest. Turning right, I followed the country road in the direction of Gladestry, though after about a quarter of a mile I turned left following a footpath which took me passed the farm of Lower Rabber and into the small scattered community of Huntington and the remains of its castle. A track and then bridleway took me passed Llanerch-y-frain and then emerged onto a steep, narrow, lane which descended to Gladestry and a return to my car.

As a place for a walk I can thoroughly recommend Hergest Ridge, though it’s at its best on a fine day and with clear light it’s possible to enjoy wonderful views of the surrounding countryside. To the north-west in the middle distance is Black Mixen, easier recognisable with it transmitter on its summit. To the north and more distant are the Stipperstones, Long Mynd and Clee Hill, both Brown Clee Hill and Tittersone Clee Hill in Shropshire. The high ground of the west Midlands and Black Country around Dudley can be seen to the north-east. Following the horizon to the south the Abberley Hills and then Malvern Hills can be seen. May Hill with its distinctive clump of trees on it summit can be seen to the south east on the northern edge of the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire; to the south some of the hills of south Herefordshire, such as Garway Hill are visible. The Black Mountains, beyond the Wye valley, dominant much of the skyline to the south. Following the southern slyline westwards, the Brecon Beacons are unmistakable and a little further west, The Black Mountain, or Carmarthan Fan.

Click the blue circles to see a photograph taken from that spot and read further information about the location. The blue lines indicate the direction of view. There is also a slideshow of this trip. ( )

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SO2254 : Farmland to the south of Gladestry by Philip Halling
Farmland to the south of Gladestry

SO2556 : Rocks on Hergest Ridge by Philip Halling
Rocks on Hergest Ridge
There are a number piles of rocks such as this one on Hergest Ridge, presumably... more

SO2556 : Foundations on Hergest Ridge by Philip Halling
Foundations on Hergest Ridge
What appears to be the foundations of a building on Hergest Ridge.

SO2456 : The hillsides of Hergest Ridge and Hanter Hill by Philip Halling
The hillsides of Hergest Ridge and Hanter Hill
Hanter Hill and its western slopes viewed from the Hergest Ridge.

SO2554 : Lower Rabber by Philip Halling
Lower Rabber
Lower Rabber is just in Wales, the wooded valley to the left being the border with... more

SO2354 : Broken Hill by Philip Halling
Broken Hill
Broken Hill viewed from opposite the entrance to Burnt House.

SO2354 : Yewtree Bank by Philip Halling
Yewtree Bank
Yewtree Bank viewed from near Stone House, Gladestry Brook flows through the valley.

SO2354 : Driveway to Burnt House by Philip Halling
Driveway to Burnt House
View up the drive from the entrance to Burnt House, a footpath follows this drive... more

SO2354 : Stone House by Philip Halling
Stone House
Stone House is an impressive Georgian house on the edge of the village of... more

SO2354 : View to Yewtree Bank by Philip Halling
View to Yewtree Bank
Yewtree Bank, viewed across the valley from near the entrance to Pen-twyn.... more

SO2354 : Drive to Pen-twyn by Philip Halling
Drive to Pen-twyn
Drive to Pen-twyn near Gladestry.

SO2454 : Farmland near Huntington by Philip Halling
Farmland near Huntington
Yewtree Bank above Gladestry can be seen in the background.

SO2454 : Lambs enjoying the sun by Philip Halling
Lambs enjoying the sun
A pair of lambs enjoying the spring sunshine near Huntington.

SO2453 : Bridleway at Huntington by Philip Halling
Bridleway at Huntington
Bridleway passing Lanerch-y-frain just inside Wales, near Huntington which is... more

SO2453 : Bridleway passing Lanerch-y-frain by Philip Halling
Bridleway passing Lanerch-y-frain
Bridleway passing Lanerch-y-frain which can be seen on the right.

SO2554 : Footpath above Lower Rabber by Philip Halling
Footpath above Lower Rabber
Footpath descending from Huntington to Lower Rabber and the valley through which... more

SO2554 : Bridleway on the border by Philip Halling
Bridleway on the border
This bridleway follows the England/Wales border very closely, the border is the... more

SO2655 : Farmland below Hergest Ridge by Philip Halling
Farmland below Hergest Ridge
Farmland below Hergest Ridge at Upper Hergest.

SO2554 : Gladestry Brook by Philip Halling
Gladestry Brook
Gladestry Brook flows through the village of the same name, just inside Wales, and... more

SO2554 : Footbridge over Gladestry Brook by Philip Halling
Footbridge over Gladestry Brook
Footbridge over Gladestry Brook below the village of Huntington. This bridge is... more

SO2554 : Sheep racks in a field by Philip Halling
Sheep racks in a field
Sheep racks in a field along with sheep in the next field, near Upper Hergest.

SO2654 : Upper Hergest by Philip Halling
Upper Hergest
The road through Upper Hergest passing School Farm.

SO2555 : Track to Hergest Ridge by Philip Halling
Track to Hergest Ridge
This track and bridleway provides access to Hergest Ridge from Upper Hergest.

SO2555 : Track and bridleway on Hergest Ridge by Philip Halling
Track and bridleway on Hergest Ridge
This track and bridleway provides access to Hergest Ridge from Upper Hergest.

SO2555 : Footpath/bridleway sign on Hergest Ridge by Philip Halling
Footpath/bridleway sign on Hergest Ridge
This footpath/bridleway sign indicates the meeting of rights of way on Hergest Ridge.

SO2656 : Bage Farm by Philip Halling
Bage Farm
Farm on the edge of Hergest Ridge.

SO2756 : Footpath on Hergest Ridge by Philip Halling
Footpath on Hergest Ridge
A footpath following the boundary of Hergest Ridge. Bradnor Hill can be seen in... more

SO2756 : Offa's Dyke signpost, Hergest Ridge by Philip Halling
Offa's Dyke signpost, Hergest Ridge
View to Bradnor Hill from beside a footpath/bridleway signpost on Hergest Ridge.

SO2756 : View to Bradnor Hill by Philip Halling
View to Bradnor Hill
View to Bradnor Hill from Hergest Ridge.

SO2656 : Old Race Course, Hergest Ridge by Philip Halling
Old Race Course, Hergest Ridge
The remains of the old now disused race course on Hergest Ridge.

SO2656 : Race Course on Hergest Ridge by Philip Halling
Race Course on Hergest Ridge
The remains of the old now disused race course on Hergest Ridge.

SO2657 : View to Hanter Hill by Philip Halling
View to Hanter Hill
View to Hanter Hill from the northern slopes of Hergest Ridge.

SO2657 : View from the slopes of Hergest Ridge by Philip Halling
View from the slopes of Hergest Ridge
View over the valley north of Rowbatch Farm, viewed here from the northern slopes... more

SO2453 : Track in front of Huntington Castle by Philip Halling
Track in front of Huntington Castle
Track giving access to Lanerch-y-frain. The remains of Huntington Castle,... more

SO2656 : Sheep on Hergest Ridge by Philip Halling
Sheep on Hergest Ridge
Three sheep near Bage on Hergest Ridge.

SO2557 : Hanter Hill by Philip Halling
Hanter Hill
Hanter Hill viewed from the northern slopes of Hergest Ridge. Hanter Hill... more

SO2657 : Rowbatch Farm and the A44 by Philip Halling
Rowbatch Farm and the A44
Rowbatch Farm with the A44 approaching Gore and Wilton in the background, viewed... more

SO2657 : View to Bradnor Hill by Philip Halling
View to Bradnor Hill
View to Bradnor Hill from Hanter Hill. Rowbatch Farm can be seen in the valley.

SO2657 : Rowbatch by Philip Halling
Rowbatch
Rowbatch Farm viewed from the northern slopes of Hergest Ridge.

SO2556 : Path on the northern slopes of Hergest Ridge by Philip Halling
Path on the northern slopes of Hergest Ridge
Path on the northern slopes of Hergest Ridge, Rowbatch can be seen in the valley below.

SO2556 : Hanter Hill by Philip Halling
Hanter Hill
Hanter Hill viewed from the northern slopes of Hergest Ridge.

SO2557 : Hills viewed from Hanter Hill by Philip Halling
Hills viewed from Hanter Hill
View to the north-east from Hanter Hill to the wooded hills Worsell Wood and... more

SO2556 : Trees on Hergest Ridge by Philip Halling
Trees on Hergest Ridge
Trees on the northern slopes of Hergest Ridge, viewed here from the southern... more

SO2556 : View to the north-east from the trig point on Hergest Ridge by Philip Halling
View to the north-east from the trig point on Hergest Ridge
View to the north-east from the trig point on Hergest Ridge, just visible in the... more

SO2556 : Tree on Hergest Ridge by Philip Halling
Tree on Hergest Ridge
Tree and a boulder just to the north of the trig point on the top of Hergest Ridge.

SO2556 : Hanter Hill by Philip Halling
Hanter Hill
Hanter Hill viewed from the northern slopes of Hergest Ridge. Hanter Hill along... more

SO2557 : View to the north-east from Hanter Hill by Philip Halling
View to the north-east from Hanter Hill
Hanter Hill from where this is viewed, and the two wooded conical hills to the... more

SO2557 : Looking west from Hanter Hill by Philip Halling
Looking west from Hanter Hill
Looking west from beside the summit cairn on Hanter Hill. Hanter Hill along... more

SO2557 : Summit cairn on Hanter Hill by Philip Halling
Summit cairn on Hanter Hill
View to the north-east from Hanter Hill. Hanter Hill along with nearby conical... more

SO2556 : Pond on Hergest Ridge by Philip Halling
Pond on Hergest Ridge
One of a number of ponds on the broad open grazing land which is Hergest Ridge.... more

SO2556 : A group of walkers on Hergest Ridge by Philip Halling
A group of walkers on Hergest Ridge
It always seems to happen, I walk up a hill or mountain, barely seeing anyone, get... more

SO2556 : Trig point on Hergest Ridge by Philip Halling
Trig point on Hergest Ridge
The trig point on Hergest Ridge is at 423m, not quite the highest point which is... more

SO2556 : Trig point and rocks on Hergest Ridge by Philip Halling
Trig point and rocks on Hergest Ridge
The trig point and rocks on Hergest Ridge. The trig stands at 423m above sea... more

SO2556 : Trig point and rocks, Hergest Ridge by Philip Halling
Trig point and rocks, Hergest Ridge
The trig point and rocks on Hergest Ridge. The trig stands at 423m above sea... more

SO2455 : A pair of walkers on Hergest Ridge by Philip Halling
A pair of walkers on Hergest Ridge
A pair of walkers following Offa's Dyke Path as it crosses Hergest Ridge which is... more

SO2455 : View to Stone House and Burnt House by Philip Halling
View to Stone House and Burnt House
View to Stone House and Burnt House near Gladestry from Hergest Ridge.

SO2455 : Tree and bales on Hergest Ridge by Philip Halling
Tree and bales on Hergest Ridge
A tree which is just coming into leaf with bales in the background on Hergest... more

SO2455 : A tree on Hergest Ridge by Philip Halling
A tree on Hergest Ridge
A tree on the upper slopes of Hergest Ridge, a large open grazing piece of common... more

SO2455 : Part of a Vicon Acrobat by Philip Halling
Part of a Vicon Acrobat
Part of a Vicon Acrobat, a hay turner, with a number of broken or missing tines... more

SO2556 : View to the north-east from side of Hergest Ridge by Philip Halling
View to the north-east from side of Hergest Ridge
View to the north-east and a valley ringed by hills, viewed here from valley... more

SO2455 : Vicon Acrobat on Hergest Ridge by Philip Halling
Vicon Acrobat on Hergest Ridge
A Vicon Acrobat, a hay turner, with a number of broken or missing tines on Hergest Ridge.

SO2455 : Vicon Acrobat on Hergest Ridge by Philip Halling
Vicon Acrobat on Hergest Ridge
A Vicon Acrobat, a hay turner, with a number of broken or missing tines on Hergest Ridge.

SO2354 : Valley at Gladestry by Philip Halling
Valley at Gladestry
View across the valley at Gladestry, the hill across the valley doesn't appear to... more

SO2355 : Road on Broken Bank, Gladestry by Philip Halling
Road on Broken Bank, Gladestry
The Offa's Dyke Path follows this road as it descends from Hergest Ridge into the... more

SO2355 : The valley at Gladestry by Philip Halling
The valley at Gladestry
The village of Gladestry with Gladestry Brook flowing through the valley. The... more

SO2355 : Gladestry School by Philip Halling
Gladestry School
Gladestry Church-in-Wales Primary School.

SO2355 : Houses in Gladestry by Philip Halling
Houses in Gladestry

SO2355 : Gladestry church by Philip Halling
Gladestry church
Gladestry church is dedicated to St Mary. It is believed the church was founded... more

SO2453 : Earthworks, Huntington Castle by Philip Halling
Earthworks, Huntington Castle
Little masonry now remains on the extensive site of Huntington Castle. The castle... more

SO2453 : Earthworks, Huntington Castle by Philip Halling
Earthworks, Huntington Castle
Little masonry now remains on the extensive site of Huntington Castle. The castle... more

SO2453 : Huntington Castle by Philip Halling
Huntington Castle
Little masonry now remains on the extensive site of Huntington Castle. The castle... more

SO2453 : Huntington Castle by Philip Halling
Huntington Castle
Little masonry now remains on the extensive site of Huntington Castle. The castle... more

SO2453 : Huntington Castle by Philip Halling
Huntington Castle
Little masonry now remains on the extensive site of Huntington Castle. The castle... more

SO2453 : Huntington Castle by Philip Halling
Huntington Castle
Little masonry now remains on the extensive site of Huntington Castle. The castle... more

SO2453 : Huntington Castle by Philip Halling
Huntington Castle
Little masonry now remains on the extensive site of Huntington Castle. The castle... more

SO2453 : Huntington Castle by Philip Halling
Huntington Castle
Little masonry now remains on the extensive site of Huntington Castle. The castle... more

SO2453 : Huntington Castle by Philip Halling
Huntington Castle
Little masonry now remains on the extensive site of Huntington Castle. The castle... more

SO2453 : Huntington Castle by Philip Halling
Huntington Castle
Little masonry now remains on the extensive site of Huntington Castle. The castle... more

SO2453 : Earthworks, Huntington Castle by Philip Halling
Earthworks, Huntington Castle
A footpath passes through this ditch, part of the extensive earthwork remaining... more

SO2455 : Bales on Hergest Ridge by Philip Halling
Bales on Hergest Ridge
Two bales of bracken (I think) on Hergest Ridge.

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