Haugh Woods

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Haugh Woods

Haugh Woods on the edge of Hereford is a 350 hectare mixed woodland, designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) due to the rich diversity and nationally recognised for its butterflies and moths, with over 600 species living there! The very rare Pearl-bordered Fritillary butterfly thrives in the recently coppiced areas, as do the rare Wood White butterfly and Drab Looper moth.

From the main carpark, there are two waymarked butterfly trails, which include a number of information boards about the butterflies and the conservation work in the wood. Both walks will take you through the beautiful mixed woodland and include some lovely views across the Herefordshire hills.

In order to protect these very important and rare species, horse riding and mountain biking is not permitted off the main forest roads.

Families can enjoy nice easy walking trails with picnic benches to rest and refresh yourselves.

The Haugh Wood Butterfly Trails are particularly popular. You can follow the waymarked trails and look out for the information boards which show you the different types of butterfly you may see on your walk. You can pick up all the trails from Haugh Wood car park in the centre of the woods.

There’s lots of footpaths to choose from including the Three Choirs Way long distance trail which runs right through the wood. The Wye Valley Walk also skirts the western edge of the woods. You could actually follow the waymarked path from Hereford all the way to the woods as an alternative route.

The woods also link with the Mordiford Loop. The circular trail takes you through the orchards, woodland and countryside surrounding the village.


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Great for walking with the family and dog


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Hereford HR1 4LW Woolhope, Herefordshire, HR1 4LW, UK
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