This estate is made up of 690 hectares of mixed woodland and open parkland, working farms and a picturesque medieval manor house. In the valley are streams, orchards and meadows, while the high ground offers breathtaking views over surrounding countryside to the Clee Hills, Cotswolds and Malvern Hills. The Orchard Walk (2.5 miles) or Parkland Walk (3 miles) are suggested.
Directions, parking, access times and other facilities
Map reference: SO 688559
Sat Nav/Post Code: WR6 5Tb
Vehicular access: From the Worcester road (A44), 2 miles east of Bromyard, signposted ‘Brockhampton Estate’. Once on the Estate proceed to welcome kiosk and then follow signs to Lower Brockhampton for manor house and walks.
Access by foot: The Herefordshire Trail passes through Bromyard, from here access is via roads and tracks. Alternatively, a footpath from The Royal Oak pub on the Bromyard Downs leads on to the Estate.
Other facilities: Refreshments and toilets in the courtyard at Lower Brockhampton and in the Old Apple Store tearoom. Local hostelries include:
The Royal Oak, Bromyard Downs (http://www.royaloakbromyard.com/) and
The Live & Let live, Bringsty (http://www.liveandletlive-bringsty.co.uk/).
Ordnance Survey Landranger Sheet 202 & Landranger 149
OS Map View (1:25,000)
|What to see:|
|Resident||Coal Tit, Marsh Tit, Goldcrest, Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Jay, Stock Dove, Green Woodpecker, Moorhen, Grey Wagtail, Raven, Kestrel and Sparrowhawk.|
|Winter||Redwing, Fieldfare, Mistle Thrush and occasionally Hawfinch feeding in orchards|
|Summer||House Martin, Swallow, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Spotted Flycatcher, Red-legged Partridge and occasionally Hobby|
|Spring/autumn||Wheatear as a passage species|
|https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/brockhampton-estate Overview and visitor details for this National Trust site.
https://www.britainexpress.com/attractions.htm?attraction=338 and https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1000875 History of this 14th century moated manor house guarded by a timber-framed gatehouse. There is also a ruined chapel in the grounds and an extensive system of trails throughout the estate.
https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1000875 Information on the Bromyard Downs, an area of registered common land just outside Bromyard comprising 114 hectares and rising to 213 metres altitude.
|Bringsty Common, Mathon Gravel Pits|