Visiting Bromyard Downs
Bromyard Downs is situated above the market town of Bromyard, in the north west of Herefordshire and is easily accessible from the larger towns of Worcester and Hereford along the A44.
The majority of the Downs are registered common land and open access. A minor road cuts through the common and there are two car parks, one situated next to the Royal Oak pub, and the other beside the Brockhampton Academy. Various pull in lay-bys offer parking spots along the minor road – great spots to stop and enjoy the magnificent views.
The Downs offer something to walkers, nature lovers, families and joggers alike, with each season bringing a different landscape. Its attraction lies in its diversity of habitats – from autumn colours in Warren wood, a thrilling dawn chorus from the scrubby areas in spring to the stunning orchid displays in the summer – there really is something for everyone.
Walking on the Downs
All walking on the Downs is on natural pathways and mixed terrain. It can be muddy and slippery, especially in winter, so do wear appropriate footwear.
If dog walking, we ask that you bag any dog mess and take it home to dispose of. Please keep dogs under effective control at all times and on a lead when near to grazing livestock and also during the breeding season for ground-nesting birds, between March and July.
We ask all horse riders to follow our horse riding code to help protect the Bromyard Downs. Please ride with care and consideration, other visitors to the Downs may not be accustomed to horses.
- Wear hi-vis clothing which will make you clearly visible
- Ride slowly past livestock and other Downs users
- Help protect the land by riding carefully on thin or wet soils e.g. by not galloping
- Racing or professional training of horses is not allowed and is against byelaws
Through the Countryside Stewardship Scheme we are part funded for visits by a school or other organised groups, activities such as; nature study, art and crafts, orienteering, photography, local history and sport would be suitable.
The Bromyard Downs Association can claim £290 for each visit up to a maximum of 25 visits per year. Your school or organisation will be given £50 per visit to help towards your costs.
The money that the BDCA receives will go towards the cost of maintaining the Downs and help the team of volunteers carry out its duties. The Common is a wonderful local resource and the BDCA is encouraging further community use.
If anyone is contemplating a visit, please contact me for the relevant forms and further details:
Bromyard Round the Downs Race
The race was first recorded in 1923. It was revived in 2010 and since then has become a popular annual event with runners far and near.
On a Sunday in June, runners can enjoy a safe off road route with the challenge of hills, the beauty of the Bromyard Downs, and the rewards of breath taking views in every direction from the top of the course.