Wapley Hill is the site of an Iron Age Hill Fort in North West Herefordshire, just under two miles SE of Presteigne, on the borders of Herefordshire, Shropshire and Radnorshire. The hill is managed by the Forestry Commission and planted predominantly with Douglas Fir. There is a circular marked trail around the hill to the Hill Fort where views are spectacular. A plan and information sheet can be downloaded from the Forestry Commission website. Roe, Fallow and Muntjac Deer live in the woods and in spring it is extensively carpeted with bluebells. Some parts of the wood are quite densely planted, but it is a regular site for Crossbill.
Directions, parking, access times and other facilities
Map reference: SO 346 624
Sat Nav/Post Code: HR6 9LG
Vehicular access: From the centre of Pembridge, take the road towards Shobdon and Staunton on Arrow, but remain on this road for about 4 miles until you reach Stansbatch. Wapley Hill can be seen on your right, up a narrow lane. Follow this until you see a Forestry Commission Car Park on your left.
Access by foot: All areas of the woodland can be accessed. There is a three mile circular marked trail through the wood, with other forest roads and a public footpath.
Other facilities: There are no facilities at Wapley Hill other than picnic tables in the Forestry Commission Car Park. Refreshments can be found in Shobdon.
Ordnance Survey Landranger Sheet 148 & Explorer Sheet 201
OS Map View (1:25,000)
|What to see:|
|Crossbills in the Douglas Fir, Marsh/Willow Tit, Goldcrest. Raptors nest in the woods and hunt in the vicinity.|
|Resident||Buzzard, Red Kite, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Raven, Goldcrest, various Tit species.|
|Winter||Crossbill, a variety of Raptors and Corvids, eruptions of Hawfinch, Brambling, Linnet.|
|Summer||A variety of Raptors.|
|Spring/autumn||Migration of Hirundines and other summer visitors around the hill.|
|https://www.forestry.gov.uk/pdf/wm-wapley-hill-panel.pdf/$FILE/wm-wapley-hill-panel.pdf, for information about the historical significance of the hill see https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1011017|
|Titley Pool (SO 325 595), Shobdon Court Pools (SO 400 627)|