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Take one of the most beautiful times of the year, and the picturesque backdrop of the undulating Herefordshire countryside.
Combine the two and you have the St Michael’s Hospice Big Spring Walk.
Whether you’re looking for a challenging woodland walk or a more leisurely stroll beside the River Wye, there is a walk for you, your friends and family, and maybe even your dog.
Choose between 2K, 5K, 11K and 16K routes starting and finishing at Fownhope Recreation Ground.
This year, the 11k and part of the 16k will be reversed to give walkers familiar with the routes a new perspective.
All routes will be fully signposted, and our team of marshals will be positioned along the paths ready to help you on your way.
And when you return, grab a bite to eat and enjoy a performance from the ever-popular Paws for Thought dog display team.
This walk follows a flat route around local fields with picturesque views of the River Wye. The short distance and easy terrain make the 2K walk perfect for younger children.
Important: No dogs are allowed on the 2K walk but are welcome on leads on 5K, 11K and 16K.
2K walk starts at 11.30am
This walk climbs onto a hilltop rewarding walkers with stunning views over South Herefordshire. Descending back towards Fownhope the walk follows the banks of the River Wye back to the finish line in time to enjoy a few refreshments.
Dogs on leads welcome on the 5K walk
5K walk starts at 11am
This walk leaves Fownhope on a path loved by locals, and takes walkers through beautiful countryside as the route climbs into Haugh Wood. Descending along parts of the famous Butterfly Trail, walkers will have the chance to catch their breath and take on refreshments at the Moon Inn, Mordiford. The return journey follows wooded and open paths through West Wood and Cherry Hill back to the Recreation Ground for well-deserved refreshments.
Dog on leads welcome on the 11K walk
(PLEASE NOTE: The 11K walk has several climbs and descents. The path may be very muddy in places, so walking boots and long trousers are a must. You will need to negotiate several stiles, all of which have gaps underneath that medium sized dogs should be able to pass through. While the majority of the paths are through woodland or along enclosed tracks, you will pass through some pastures which may be holding sheep and/or cattle. Approximate time 3 hours.)
11K walk starts at 9.30am
This walk combines the 5K river walk and loops back onto the 11K Haugh Wood walk. Refreshments available at the Moon Inn at Mordiford and at the finish at the Recreation Ground.
Dogs on leads welcome on the 16K walk
(PLEASE NOTE: Like the 11K, the 16K walk has several climbs and descents. The path may be very muddy in places, so walking boots and long trousers are a must. You will need to negotiate several stiles, all of which have gaps underneath that medium sized dogs should be able to pass through. While the majority of the paths are through woodland or along enclosed tracks, you will =pass through some pastures which may be holding sheep and/or cattle. Approximate time 4.5hours.)
16K walk starts at 9am
Toilets are available at the Recreation Ground and the Moon Inn at Mordiford. Refreshments (including tea, coffee, hot and cold food) will be available for purchase at the Recreation Ground before and after the walks.
Fownhope Recreation Ground (additional parking at Wye Leisue)
Fownhope Recreation Ground
All walks will have way-marking, and there will be maps available.
There will be mobile first aiders and marshalls.
St Michael’s Hospice provides all its care free of charge to patients, their families and carers.
This care is made possible by supporters taking part in fundraising events like this abseil, shopping at our retail outlets, playing the Hospice Lottery, making charitable donations and leaving gifts in their wills.
To raise money for your Hospice and help us continue to care, please download the sponsor form opposite, or set up a JustGiving page (we’ll soon have the link on this website), then ask your friends, family and work colleagues to sponsor you.