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Wednesday 19th November 2003
Herefordshire black & white village walk
Black & white houses in Pembridge
Black & white houses in Pembridge
This is the third in a series of walks in Herefordshire and Worcestershire sent in by our walking team, Me and Her. This walk passes through some beautiful black & white villages in Herefordshire.

Walk 1: The Malverns
Walk 2: Herefordshire hop fields
The Malverns

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This is an enjoyable circular walk in Herefordshire taking in the beautiful black and white villages of Pembridge and Eardisland. (Refreshments are available in both)

There is the agricultural landscape in autumn with the berries on hedgerows, interesting shapes of tree without their leaves, visiting migrant birds, a superb restored Dovecote, a Church with detached bell tower and two picturesque villages with many black and white buildings dating back to the 14th Century

The walk is in Ordnance Survey Explorer maps 201 and 202, although it is fairly easy to find your way without maps

It takes about two and a half hours and is about four and a half miles in length. There are stiles and gates, with the walk being on the flat

The village of Pembridge is ideal for browsing, with interesting black and white houses, craft and art galleries, shops and a ceramic workshop

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

We parked in Pembridge in the free car park off the A44, which has toilets, and we walked out of the car park back to the road and turned right.

We then took the next right down Bridge Street.

Just down the road on the opposite side is a row of old almshouses bearing the inscription "Forget not your good benefactor Brian Duppa Bishop of Winchester who bielded this hospital 1661."

After about 200 yards we turned right immediately before the three arched bridge over the river Arrow, w
e walked along the meadow and went over a stile by a gate.

Straight ahead is a stile with a footbridge over a brook and then make for another stile half way up a hedge.

Over another stile into a small meadow with a brook on the right hand side - another stile takes you into another small meadow with a row of tall poplars on the left hand side.

A heron flew lazily up from the water.

Then over a stile into a meadow with the river now close on the left and the sound of a weir 50 yards on down.

We stayed on the right of the brook to the end of the field - on the right hand end of the field is a double stile.

We then turned immediately left seeing Eardisland Church tower ahead.

Straight on over another stile with fieldfares on the hawthorn berries and the sound of pheasants in the distance.

See Bird Brain's Diary: November for more information on fieldfares.

Make for a double stile with a little bridge and then straight on to another stile - one more stile takes you into the road where we turned left past a red phone box and the White Swan.

Not far along the road is an 18th Century dovecot that was restored in 1999.

It is open to the public and is well worth going inside with its 960 nesting boxes built into the walls, excellent photographs of other dovecots and a small exhibition of AA memorabilia.

When you come out you can see a nicely restored old AA box over the road - follow the road from the dovecot and turn left immediately alongside the river Arrow.

You shortly come to one of the most photographed views in Britain which you may recognise from chocolate boxes of not so long ago.

We kept walking along this minor road, past Folly Farm on the right and Little Broome Farm on the left.

The industrial buildings on Shobdon Aerodrome come into view and there is an old orchard on the right with flocks of fieldfares eating the apples on the ground.

Pigeons flew up off the stubble in the next field, a buzzard circled overhead and we turned left at the road junction.

Up to the right can be seen the disused Pembridge Railway Station.

We walked past the beautiful black and white farmhouse of Clearbrook Farm on the left and then back to the car park - we had lunch in Pembridge (Choice of Kings House Restaurant, Red Lion or New Inn).

Then we had a look round the 16th Century Market Hall, 14th Century Church and the detached Bell Tower - huge wooden struts and beams supporting bells up to ¾ of a ton in weight - that is thought to have been rebuilt in 1668 but originally erected soon after 1215.

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