Ledbury is well-positioned to explore the three counties with its own local walks as well as plenty more nearby. It is the perfect place to base yourself for walking the Malvern Hills, Dymock Woods and the Vale of Leadon.
Ledbury Town Walk: There is plenty to see in Ledbury with three museums and numerous historically fascinating buildings such as the Market House, the Barrett-Browning Institute, a medieval hospital complex and the Baptist and Methodist chapels.
As well as the walks laid out below, there are three local woods to walk in; the Town Trail (a cycle route along the old Ledbury - Gloucester railway line) and a walk along the River Leadon with a children's play area and picnic site at the Ledbury Riverside Park.
Ledbury is on the Geopark Way - a 109 miles of walks in the Abberley and Malvern Hills Geopark. Herefordshire & Worcestershire Earth Heritage Trust studies, protects and promotes the Geopark and has revealed a geological prehistoric record of the area from ancient rock to medieval building stones. The Geopark is divided into 24 distinct trails that include Great Malvern, Woolhope Dome and Symonds Yat which has "arguably the most beautiful view in the country."
Ledbury Heritage Trail - take in the historic sights of the town - the much filmed and photographed cobbled Church Lane, the magnificent black and white timbered Market House, the quaint Barrett-Browning Institute, superb Tudor and Victorian architecture and the fascinating burgage plots that reveal the story of Ledbury's early development.
Walks Around Ledbury - A series of nine countryside walks produced by Ledbury Walkers' Club, includes Bromsberrow Church, Frith Wood and Marcle Ridge.
Visit Woods - An online guide to the woods of the UK.
Ghost Walk - A spine-chilling guided ghost walk around Ledbury every Thursday at eight in the evening. There is also a guided Historic Walk available by prior arrangement around Ledbury.
The Vale of Leadon - Ledbury takes its name from the River Leadon, a secluded river that meanders South from Evesbatch, runs past Ledbury and Dymock before flowing further South into the River Severn. Fourteen walks along public rights of way have been mapped in Secret River: Exploration of the Leadon Valley.
Spring Flower Walk - A walk around White Leaved Oak taking in the wild flowers and impressive views.
Five miles South of Ledbury you'll find Dymock Woods, excellent for walks especially in the Spring when the wild daffodils offer a spectacular display. Daffodil Way is a 9 mile circular walk through meadows, orchards and woodland in the heart of daffodil country. There are also two Poets' Paths walks celebrating the Dymock Poets.
Kempley Tardis - for details of various walks around Kempley and Dymock.
"The genius of the place: all set in the blue of the sky,
green of the fields and leaves, and that red, that red of the soil." Ivor Gurney
Newent Lake - A relaxing 20 minute circular walk through some of the most beautiful countryside in the area.
Canal Walks - Four walks at Staplow, Dymock, Oxenhall and Withington Wharf that take in parts of the old Hereford - Gloucester canal.
Miles without Stiles - Easy access walking around Colwall.
The Malvern Hills - These ancient hills offer superb walks and breathtaking views of the three counties. There are many walks and trails around the Malvern Hills and numerous books and other publications to guide you. The Malverns offer a lot more than walks - hang gliding, mountain biking, climbing, kite flying, horse riding and fishing to name but a few of the other activities you may enjoy taking part in or simply watching.
Malvern Hills AONB - Scroll down the web page to download various Malvern Hills walks, including the Discovery Walks, A Literary Trail and Springs and Spouts.
West Malvern hosts amazing displays of wild bluebells in its fields and ancient woodlands in April/May.
Malvern Hills Walking Festival - Nine days of themed walks in Elgar country.
The Elgar Route - A two hour stroll around Elgar's Worcester.
Malvern Hills District Footpath Society - Walks programme around Malvern.
A Literary Trail Around the Malverns - The trail reveals literary connections in the area that include Malvern, Dymock, Hope End and Ledbury.
St. Wulstan's Nature Reserve - Enjoy a walk through the hay meadow, wildflower areas and the woodlands.
Ravenshill Woodland Reserve - 50 acres of semi natural ancient woodland within the Malvern Hills Area of Outstanding Beauty.
May Hill - crowned by a clump of pine trees planted in 1887 to commemorate Queen Victoria's golden jubilee, May Hill offers excellent views of the surrounding countryside, beautiful wild bluebells in the Spring and a local site for May Day celebrations.
Circular Walks - 15 way-marked circular walks in Herefordshire, includes Marcle Ridge and Woolhope.
Herefordshire Walking Festival - 60 guided walks around the county in June.
Herefordshire Trail - A 150 mile route from the Malverns in the East to the Black Mountains in the West.
Kington Walks - 30 walks for all ages and abilities in the Welsh Marches.
Herefordshire Ramblers - A programme of walks in Herefordshire open to everyone.
Worcestershire Ramblers - A programme of walks in the lovely countryside of Worcestershire and the Cotswolds.
Gloucestershire Area Ramblers - A programme of walks throughout the year.
Wye Valley & Forest of Dean - 12 Easy Walks suitable for the less able, pushchairs, young families and older walkers.
Wye Valley Walk - A 136 mile river walk taking in ravine gorge cloaked in woodland, meadows and orchards and rugged and remote uplands.
Winchcombe Cotswolds Walking Festival - 18-20th May offers 18 guided walks in the Cotswolds.
Pub Walks - There a number of interesting pub walks highlighted in various publications. These walks include the Red Lion at Cradley, the Oddfellows at Colwall, the Plume of Feathers at Castlemorton Common and the Malvern Hills Hotel at the British Camp. Guide books available at Ledbury TIC.
Black and White Village Trail - Discover the delightful Black and White villages of North Herefordshire.
Ross-on-Wye and the Wye Valley by bus - A scenic bus ride from Hereford to Monmouth and Ross-on-Wye and a walk along the Herefordshire Trail.
The Hoarwithy Bus - A scenic bus ride from Hereford to Ross-on-Wye taking in two walks around the Hoarwithy area.
Mortimer Country Bus Walks - Three walks in the Mortimer Forest and North Herefordshire.
Details of all these walks and others are available at Ledbury Tourist Information Centre.