Winforton, River Wye

Overview
This is a picturesque point on the River Wye, accessed from Winforton and opposite Castleton and Merbach Hill, where the river meanders through the wide floodplain between Whitney-on-Wye and Bredwardine. It is an important habitat for waterbirds and waders, as well as summer migrants.

Directions, parking, access times and other facilities
Map reference: SO 293462
Sat Nav/Post Code: HR3 6EF

Vehicular access: Follow A438 from Willersley towards Hay-on-Wye, on reaching Winforton village pass The Sun Inn on right and take next left turn signed ‘Bakers Lane leading to The Vineyards’. Continue down this lane taking the unsurfaced road straight ahead, proceed for 400 m to a wider area of the lane near a gateway (SO 295465) and park up.

Access by foot: Walk down Bakers Lane and follow the footpath around to the riverside at SO 293462. Note: there is a footpath to the south alongside the river, but there is no access beyond the fisherman’s hut to the west.

Other facilities: Refreshments and toilets are available at:
The Sun Inn, Winforton, HR3 6EA: http://thesuninnwinforton.co.uk/
The Tram Inn, Eardisley, HR3 6PG: http://thetraminn.co.uk/

Maps:
Ordnance Survey Explorer 201 & Landranger 149
OS Map View (1:25,000)

What to see:
Resident Bullfinch, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Linnet, Coal Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Goldcrest, Song and Mistle Thrushes, Buzzard, Sparrow Hawk, Peregrine, Raven, Great Spotted and Green Woodpeckers, Nuthatch, Treecreeper and Yellow Hammer.
Winter Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Yellowhammer, Reed Bunting, Goosander, Kingfisher, Little Egret, Little Grebe.
Summer Sand Martin (colony on opposite bank) and other hirundines, Little Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper, Oystercatcher, Yellow Wagtail, Redstart, Garden Warbler, Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, Tree Sparrow (occasionally).
Spring/autumn Wheatear is a regular spring and autumn passage species, Curlew on spring passage.
Resources:
http://www.eardisleygroupcommunity.co.uk/index.aspx – This site provides descriptions of three villages in the area: Eardisley, Whitney-on-Wye and Winforton giving a bit of history and a quick modern view of each.
http://www.hay-on-wye.co.uk/bookshops/default.asp – An overview of Hay-on-Wye bookshops.
http://lettoncourtfishery.com/ – Fishing at Letton Court.
Nearby sites:
Merbach Hill; Letton Lakes; The Sturts HWT Kinnersley; Hergest Ridge; Bradnor Hill NT.