Kenchester Pools

Overview
A series of six ‘kettle hole’ ponds formed as a result of blocks of ice calving from glaciers and becoming submerged in the sediment on the outwash plain. The ponds are surrounded by grazed pasture and water levels vary during the season, but they provide valuable habitat for waterbirds and waders throughout the year.

Directions, parking, access times and other facilities
Map reference: SO 442425 and SO 435426
Sat Nav/Post Code: HR4 7QJ

Vehicular access: Driving west on A438 from Hereford, take the first right-hand turn after Swainshill, signposted for Credenhill and Bishopstone. The most accessible pond is 500 metres on the left-hand side, limited parking on the roadside near a gate.

Access by foot: One other pond is accessible (the others have no public access) by walking south on a footpath from the road at SO 435428, parking near Lady Southampton Chapel at Kenchester.

Other facilities: Refreshments and toilets are available at:
Portway Inn, Staunton on Wye, HR4 7NH: http://www.theportwayinnhotel.co.uk/
Oakchurch Farm Shop, Staunton on Wye, HR4 7NH: http://www.oakchurch.net/

Maps:
Ordnance Survey Explorer 202 & Landranger 149
OS Map View (1:25,000)

What to see:
Resident Range of waterbirds, waders & gulls, also Grey Wagtail, Reed Bunting, Little Owl, Raven.
Winter Gadwall, Shoveler, Shelduck, Pochard, Lapwing and occasionally Snipe.
Summer Hirundines, Redstart, Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, Little Egret, Little Grebe, Common Sandpiper, occasionally Green Sandpiper and Mediterranean Gull.
Spring/autumn Wheatear and Ring Ouzel on passage, Oystercatcher, Curlew.
Resources:
https://ancientmonuments.uk/100051-site-of-romano-british-town-of-magna-kenchester – Information about ‘Magnis’ Roman town, now a scheduled ancient monument nearby.
https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/the-weir-garden – The Weir Garden, a National Trust property nearby.
Nearby sites:
Brockhall Gravel Pits, Credenhill Park Wood, Letton Lakes, The Sturts HWT Kinnersley.