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Local Amenities & Attractions

The location of Bodenham’s main businesses and other facilities are shown on this sketch map:

Bodenham's main businesses and other facilities

Details of some of these facilities can be found elsewhere on this Website:

Bodenham Village

St Michael's Church. See the section on St Michael’s Church, click here

St Michael's Primary School. See the section on St Michael’s School, click here

The Forge Holiday Accommodation. See The Forge’s entry in the Local Businesses section, click here

The Moor and its Neighbourhood

GP Surgery. For the opening times and other details, click here.

Parish Hall and Tennis Courts, click here

Chapel click here

Café and Vineyard See Broadfield Court’s entry in the Local Businesses section, click here


The Local Environment

The special character of our local countryside is recognised by the number of wildlife protection sites in the Parish. As shown on the map below, Bodenham Village and the Lakes are in a conservation area. In particular:

  • The River Lugg is both a ‘Special Area of Conservation (SAC)’ and a SSSI protected by these international and national designations. The relevant protection features seem to be migratory fish, otters and freshwater crayfish.

  • Bodenham Lake is a ‘Special Wildlife Site (SWS)’, administered by the local authority. It is generically described as "wet woodland", but, apart from the bird watching hide, most of the West of the reserve is a restricted nesting area not accessible to the general public.

Bodenham's conservation area

Although not shown on the map, there are many other SWSs and SSSIs in the Parish:

  • Maund Common is described as "unimproved wet hay meadow with excellent flora including Yellow Rattle, Common Fleabane and abundant orchids

  • Upper Maund Common is a “wet pasture with good flora including Ragged Robin and Yellow Iris. Curlew, Snipe and Lapwing have been recorded”. Two fine Black Poplar specimens can be found there.

  • There are five further woodland sites in the Parish. They are generally described as “ancient woodland or semi-natural woodland with Oak, Birch and Ash mostly predominant.” They are all in private ownership and landowners’ consent is required to explore them.


Local Walks

The countryside around Bodenham is covered with a network of public footpaths and bridleways, which are shown on the map below:

Public footpaths and bridleways around Bodenham

A particular attraction is the Bodenham Circular Walk, which is one of 15 such specially designated walks in the County. In addition, to celebrate the Millenium the Bodenham Ramblers published a booklet "Footpaths of Bodenham" containing descriptions of no less than 20 local walks. Full details of all these walks can be found here

Attractions and Places to Visit

Bodenham is ideally placed in attractive open rural countryside with easy access to the historic city of Hereford and the Wye Valley to the South. To the West lies the road to Wales through Hay-on-Wye, famous for its second hand books, while a few miles to the North of Bodenham is the market town of Leominster with its Priory Church and, beyond it, the town of Ludlow with its historic Castle. Finally, to the West lie the market town of Ledbury and the Malvern Hills.


Places Close to Bodenham

Bodenham Lake Nature Reserve. The Reserve has over 100 acres of riverside meadows, orchards and wet woodland, as well as a 'gravel' area. (The Reserve has been created from land which was used for gravel extraction until the 1980s). The lake itself is the largest area of open water in Herefordshire and provides an important winter-feeding area for wildfowl. There is also a Sailing Centre, which is managed by the Youth Service, click here.

Queenswood Country Park & Arboretum. The Park has hundreds of rare and exotic trees and over 100 acres of semi-natural ancient woodland designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Local Nature Reserve (LNR). In addition, there is a seasonal Tourist Information Centre, shop and Café, as well as picnic facilities and a woodland children's play area, click here.

Hampton Court. Not to be confused with Hampton Court Palace in London, ‘our’ Hampton Court was originally a castle built in the early 15th century, but now completely restored and noted for its fine gardens on the banks of the River Lugg, click here.


Hereford has a magnificent Cathedral founded as long ago as the 8th Century and with parts of the present building dating back to the 12th Century. Housed next to the cloister is the famous Mappa Mundi, with its depiction of the medieval view of the world drawn in about 1300 AD, and the Chained Library holding over 200 medieval manuscripts dating back as far as the 8th Century, click here.

Other attractions in the City include:

• The Racecourse, click here and

• The Cider Museum, click here.

Nearby Market Towns
Leominster has a magnificent priory church dating back to 663 AD, and is the historical home of Rylands sheep, a breed once grazed by the monks on rye pastures and highly prized for its wool, known as 'Lemster ore'. It was this which brought the town its prosperity in the Middle Ages, and its street layout, with a wide variety of shops, antique markets, cafés and pubs, still clearly shows its medieval origins, click here.
Ledbury to the East of Bodenham is a prime example of a Herefordshire market town with its black and white timber framed buildings, including its Market House dating from 1653, and with its wide range of shops and other amenities, click here.
Hay is famous for its second and specialist bookshops and for its annual Literary Festival in June, click here.
Ludlow stands on a hill overlooking the rivers Teme and Corve with a fine castle, probably first constructed between 1086 and 1094 as one of a line of fortifications built by the Norman Marcher barons to keep out the Welsh. A town was laid out beside the castle soon afterwards and its medieval street plan can still be seen today. There are nearly 500 listed buildings in the town, many of them half timbered such as the Feathers Hotel. In addition to its medieval and Georgian architecture, the Town is also noted for its annual Food Festival held in September, click here.


Other Places to Visit

Credenhill Fort. The Iron Age hill fort at Credenhill appears to have been occupied between c. 600BC and c. 150 AD and, at some 50 acres, is the largest earthwork enclosure of its kind in the Marches of Wales. The fort and the ancient woodland in which it stands are now part of the Woodland Trust, click here.

Offa’s Dyke. This great linear earthwork, attributed to Offa, King of Mercia from 757 to 796, runs close to the English/Welsh border to the West of Bodenham from Chepstow on the Bristol Channel to near Prestatyn on the Irish Sea. It passes through Hay-on-Wye and there is a purpose-built information centre in the town of Knighton where some of the best remains can be seen, click here.

Stokesay Castle. Built in the late 13th Century, Stokesay Castle is one of the first, finest and best preserved fortified medieval manor houses in England. It is owned and managed by English Heritage and is situated 7 miles North of Ludlow in Shropshire, click here.

The Acton Scott Estate. Acton Scott has become well known as the location for BBC TV's popular 'Victorian Farm' and ‘Victorian Farm Christmas' series which were filmed on its Historic Working Farm. The Farm stocks traditional breeds and demonstrates Victorian farming and rural skills. In addition there is a café, visitor centre and gift shop, click here.


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