Hergest Ridge

Overview
Hergest Ridge is an upland area rising to 364m21. with wide views all around. Wooded areas on the lower slopes with open moorland higher up. A steady uphill walk onto the ridge, with some steeper sections on the approaches at each side.

Directions, parking, access times and other facilities
Map reference: SO 281 568
Sat Nav/Post Code: HR5 3EG (Hergest Croft Gardens)

Vehicular access: Take the A44 Kington bypass westwards, then turn left towards Hergest Croft Gardens. After a few hundred yards turn right onto Ridgebourne Road towards Hergest Croft and continue to the end of the lane to park on the verge. Open at all times.

Access by foot: Either walk from the gate at the end of Ridgebourne Road straight up to the old racecourse and the Monkey Puzzle trees or take the track near the end of Ridgebourne Road through two sets of gates, then keep right towards the woodland. Continue through the wood and join a farm track which eventually joins the lane going uphill to the ridge. Alternatively, from the Whet Stone follow a track leading downhill on the Hanter Hill side of the Ridge to a stand of conifers, then turn right and steeply downhill to a farm track which eventually leads to the woodland alongside Ridgebourne Road. There are several routes back to the road from here.

Other facilities: Kington Town centre has the usual facilities, and Hergest Croft Gardens has a restaurant and toilets – when open, an admission charge applies.

Maps:
Ordnance Survey Landranger Sheet 148 & Explorer Sheet 201
OS Map View (1:25,000)

What to see:
Resident Buzzard, Raven, Coal Tit, Jay, Great Spotted Woodpecker and a wide range of typical woodland and farmland/upland birds.
Winter Redwing and other resident species.
Summer Meadow Pipit, Skylark, Yellowhammer, Linnet, Swift, Swallow, Wheatear, Redstart, Buzzard, Raven, Red Kite, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Mistle Thrush, Starling, Long Tailed Tit and Grey Heron.
Spring/autumn Stonechat, Reed Bunting, Wood Warbler, Redstart and Spotted Flycatcher along with many summer and resident species.
Resources:
http://www.hergest.co.uk/he/visitor-information and https://www.walkingbritain.co.uk/walk-3300-introduction
Nearby sites:
Bradnor Hill (SO 282 584) and Titley Pool (SO 325 595).