Shobdon Court Pools
The Pools are in the village of Shobdon, in the North West of the County, in the grounds of Shobdon Court. The main house was demolished in 1933, but parts remain which are privately owned and not open to the public. The adjacent church is of national architectural importance with a unique gothic interior. All three pools are large, well established features with some reed growth. The gardens are planted with ornamental trees and shrubs which can provide cover for a variety of species.
Directions, parking, access times and other facilities
Map reference: SO 400 627
Sat Nav/Post Code: HR6 9LZ
Vehicular access: Shobdon Court is opposite the Bateman Arms Public House. Large gates afford pedestrian access only to the drive, from which the Pools can be reached. There is very little on-road parking in the village and the pub car park is for patrons only. Alternatively, drive through the village with the pub on your right, turn first left signposted Shobdon Church, and first left again. There is parking next to the church and the drive (private vehicular access) leads back towards the village and the pools.
Access by foot: A public footpath from the original drive to the house provides access to two of the three pools, which were originally ornamental features in the garden. The third pool is used for private fishing, but can be observed from the drive.
Other facilities: Refreshments and toilets (for patrons) are available at the Bateman Arms http://www.thebatemanarms.co.uk/ in addition to facilities provided by the village shop.
Ordnance Survey Landranger Sheet 148 and Explorer Sheet 201
OS Map View (1:25,000)
|What to see:|
|Mute Swan (breeding), Mallard, Tufted duck, Goosander, Heron, Cormorant, Moorhen, Coot. A Great White Egret has been seen (October 2018). Winter Thrushes.|
|Resident||Mute Swan, Moorhen, Barn and Tawny Owl, Green and Great Spotted Woodpecker, various Corvids, various Tit species.|
|Winter||Fieldfare and Redwing.|
|Summer||Swift, Swallow and House Martin, Spotted Flycatcher, Blackcap, various Warblers.|
|Spring/autumn||Migrating Flycatchers, Finches, Hirundines and Warblers.|
|For details of a five and a half mile circular walk around Shobdon see: https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/info/200136/travel_and_transport/188/walks_and_trails/2 (link may need pasting into your search engine). Information about the history of Shobdon Court can be found at http://herefordshirepast.co.uk/buildings/shobdon-court/|
|Wapley Hill (SO 346 624), Titley Pool (SO 325 595)|