Garway Hill is a Common covering 85 hectares, rising to a height of nearly 1200 ft largely covered by bracken 87%. There is a good variety of bird habitat including patches of gorse, short turf, areas of trees and grassland, wetter areas around out flowing springs and an area of more mature trees on its western edge.
Directions, parking, access times and other facilities
Map reference: SO 443245
Sat Nav/Post Code: HR2 8RU (Garway Hill Car Park)
Vehicular access: Via B4521 at Broad Oak then through Garway village to Garway Hill. Parking restricted to a few vehicles. Other entry points are from White Rocks and Cherry Orchards.
Access by foot: Public access to open ground with a multitude of tracks and paths, including part of the Herefordshire Trail.
Other facilities: Refreshments and toilets are available at:
The Garway Moon Inn, Garway Common: http://www.garwaymooninn.co.uk/
Ordnance Survey Explorer 189 & Landranger 161
OS Map View (1:25,000)
|What to see:|
|Resident||Skylark, Meadow Pipit (common in open areas), Linnet, Yellowhammer and occasional Stonechat (on the gorse), Buzzard and occasional Raven and Red Kite|
|Winter||Redwing, Fieldfare and Mistle Thrush and on the edges, Siskin and Lesser Redpoll, plus wintering Woodcock and Snipe|
|Summer||Tree Pipit and Redstart on the woodland edges, Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Spotted Flycatcher, hirundines. Hobby and Peregrine (occasionally)|
|Spring/autumn||Wheatear is regular on spring passage along with, in recent years, Ring Ouzel, Golden Plover and sightings of a single Wryneck, Hawfinch and a wayward and first for Herefordshire Shore Lark|
|http://www.garway.org.uk/local-groups/commoners/garway-hill-location-and-description for a detailed summary of the flora and fauna, history and preservation of Garway Hill.
http://www.wyenot.com/garwayhill01.htm with many photographs of and from Garway Hill.
http://my.viewranger.com/route/details/MjNfNTUwNQ== Garway Hill circular walk.
|Wilton, River Wye; Sellack, River Wye; Coppet Hill; Welsh Newton and Ewyas Harold Common|