Hoarwithy, Herefordshire & The Wye Valley
An unspoiled village in the Wye Valley, an 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty'. Famous for The New Harp Inn and Italianate church on the hill. Hoarwithy is a half a mile down the lane from the Wagons, following the Brook towards the Wye. The cosy local pub serves local ales and cider, good food and has a very friendly welcome, dogs extremley welcome.Next door to The New Harp Inn, at Tresseck Campsite, is the office for Hereford Canoes. They offer a number of half and full day trips transporting you to or from your start point and/or destination.
Other Picturesque Pubs
Just over two miles away is the Loughpool Inn - full of character, charm and tempting food. Along the river about two miles the other way is the Cottage of Content, another very popular and quaint local foodie pub.
Pub Contact Details
It is highly advisable to check opening hours, and to book a table if you wish to eat in any of the local pubs, as opening days/times vary.The New Harp Inn
Hoarwithy, Hereford, HR2 6QH
The Loughpool Inn
Grove Common, Sellack, HR9 6LX
The Cottage of Content
Carey, HR2 6NG
The Yew Tree Inn
Peterstow, HR9 6JZT
01989 562 815
The Harewood Inn
Harewood End, HR2 8JT
The Red Lion
Winters Cross, HR9 6LH
The Axe and Cleaver
Much Birch, HR2 8HU
The Plough Inn
Little Dewchurch, HR2 6PW
Our nearest town (6 Miles) is the historic centre of the tourist industry in Britain. William Gilpin wrote the first book for tourists about the beauties of the Wye Valley from Ross to Chepstow. Likening these local views of the truly picturesque to those of the Grand European tour. There is a seventeenth century market house and river side pubs to explore.
9 Miles away is a historic, if tiny, city with lots going on. Visit the Cathedral, where the famous 'Mappa Mundi' is on display.
Forest of Dean
Ancient oak woodland where you can walk the Sculpture Trail or through Puzzle Wood and if you're adventurous, you can hire Mountain Bikes for the miles of off road trails.
On a huge horse shoe bend in the River Wye where the Peregrines nest on the 150 foot lime stone cliffs. A nationally renowned beauty spot.
On the edge of the Brecon Beacons, World famous for its book shops and home to the Hay Festival.
The Wye Valley
William Gilpin, in 1782, wrote the first ever English tourist guide entitled " Observations on the River Wye". This volume is agreed to have heralded the birth of British tourism. He described the beauty of this area as:
William Wordsworth described the valley with these words:
These beauteous forms,
Through a long absence, have not been to me
As is a landscape to a blind man's eye:
But oft, in lonely rooms, and 'mid the din
Of towns and cities, I have owed to them,
In hours of weariness, sensations sweet,
[Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey, On Revisiting the Banks of the Wye during a Tour. July 13, 1798]
More recently, in the Guardian, Sally Shalam wrote:
Wriggles Brook feels like a little slice of heaven.
[The Guardian, 2011]