Best in Herefordshire

(including Hay-On-Wye)


River Wye (at The Warren, nr Hay-on-Wye)

(No question that this is a FIVE TRUNK location)

Cardiff Uni students and me (2002)

Cardiff Uni students and me (2004)

 

Location

The Warren is a wide meander in the river to the west of Hay-On-Wye. Its not signposted, but if you go down what looks like a farmers track from the road which goes past the main church there is even parking. Several spots are good for swimming.

Grid Ref

SO220/426

Features

Excellent facilities all round. Nice shingly “beach-style” access or even “jumps”. Once in you have deep water going W or a “fun” weir going E. Picnic and sunbathing options available.

Hazards

Seems rather popular with rafters, but they seem friendly enough

Date of Last Swim

August 2004


River Wye (on the Welsh/English border just north of Hay-On-Wye)

(A FIVE TRUNK location just for the fun of “swimming the border”)

Location

Approximately 500m N of Hay-On-Wye. Park near the bridge and follow the footpath through some trees until you hit a pasture field.

Grid Ref

SO232/433

Features

An excellent spot to swim from Wales into England (or was that from England to Wales).

Hazards

Rocks a bit slippery near the bank. Not really a problem except for the number of cow pats.

Date of Last Swim

August 2002


River Wye (at Bredwardine)

(A FIVE TRUNK location)

Location

Just east of the village of Bredwardine c. 10 miles west of Hereford. The best spot is to the south of the bridge next to Brobury House.

Grid Ref

SO337/447

Features

Good access from the west bank of the Wye, fast flowing water and a bridge to swim under if you can.

Hazards

The most obvious was a swan, although he/she seemed quite friendly. The more hidden hazards are that the water does flow quite fast and that there a quite a few underwater obstacles under the bridge.

Date of Last Swim

August 2004


River Arrow (nr “Court of Noke”)

Location

Approximately 4km NE of Lyonshall (nr Kington). Adjacent the “Court of Noke”, never did find out what that was all about. Park nr Gig Bridge and its c. 5 seconds away.

Grid Ref

SO370/598

Features

Lovely tree lined river bank which is also handy for picnics (beware the cows though). Seems to be a camp/caravan site on the N bank which could be handy.

Hazards

While it is fair to say access is easy (once committed there is no turning back because you are in), getting out is a little troublesome.

Date of Last Swim

August 2002


River Lud

(A THREE TRUNK location)

Location

Grid Ref

Features

Hazards

Date of Last Swim

August 2004