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Wednesday 10th September 2003
Herefordshire hop field & vineyard walk
Coddington Vineyard
Coddington Vineyard
This is the second in a series of walks that can be undertaken in Herefordshire and Worcestershire sent in by our walking team, Me and Her. This walk passes through some of the hop fields and vineyards of Herefordshire.

Walk 1: The Malverns
The Malverns

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There are two Churches on the route, as well as a vineyard, all of which can be visited

Most of the walk is in Ordnance Survey Explorer map 190 and all of it is in Landranger 149

It takes about two hours and is about four miles in length

There are some gates, some stiles and some gentle slopes, but no real hills

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Our walking correspondents, Me and Her, describe the walk:

This is an enjoyable circular walk in Herefordshire from Bosbury to Coddington and back again.

Enjoys beautiful views and goes over farmland in late Summer (we walked in August).

We drove from Worcester on the A4103 for Hereford.

After about nine miles, we turned left along the B4220 to Bosbury.

In Bosbury we parked in front of the Church.

We walked back North along the road, passing a phone box and the Old Chapel on our right and turned right after about two hundred yards along a minor road sign posted South Field and Wellington Heath.

After about 200 yards we turned left by a metal gate to go along a track.

Views to Marcle Ridge on the right and the graceful spire of Coddington Church ahead.

At the end of the track we went through a gate and took the footpath to a gate in the hedge half way up the field, continuing to the right of a large metal barn, coming out on to a minor road.

This is part of a The Grange, the farm house being over the road.

Turned right on the road and after about fifty yards took the footpath on the left that is on the right hand side of a hedge bounding the farm buildings.

We then walked over three fields, eventually coming to another minor road, with Woodfields Farm on the right.

On this stretch of the walk we saw several old hop fields which are no longer used for growing hops – just the old hop field structures still in place.

Turning left up the road, we soon came to the entrance to Coddington Vineyard.

Here we bought a bottle of wine, walked through the attractive gardens and followed the footpath up through the vineyard to a style at the top.

If you do not want to go to the vineyard shop, the footpath goes through a gap in the hedge, over a bridge to the left of a pond and then up through the vineyard to the style mentioned above– all well signposted.

We then went over a double style style, turned left, over another style and then went right along a track to the church. This dates from the 1100s.

One of the things that caught our eyes was a plaque on the wall to two brothers, aged 24 and 27 who were drowned trying to save a fellow sailor.

From the Church Gate there are superb views out to Hay Bluff about thirty miles away.

From the track from the Church we turned left at a minor road.

We then followed the minor road which twisted and turned down to the beautiful buildings and garden of Slatch Farm.

Here the road bends left.

We followed the road, ignoring a road to the right.

Then walked passed Upper Townend Farm and took a track to the right about two hundred yards further on.

Here we walked along the right hand boundary of the field, eventually coming to a gate.

Then along the right hand side of the field to where we entered.

Then we went back along the track and retraced our steps back to the car.

We had a look round the Church, again dating from the mid 1100s which has a detached bell tower. (We think that there are about seven of these in Herefordshire.)

Opposite is the Bell Inn for refreshments or you can drive to a nearby village or town (Colwall, Ledbury, Malvern).

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this article. No responsibility is accepted by the authors or BBC Hereford and Worcester for errors or omissions or for any loss or injury however caused.

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