DIRECTIONS TO HEREFORD AND CASTLE CLIFFE
From London: – We have tried various routes from London and recommend the following for speed.
Leave London on the M4 and drive as far as the first junction for Swindon. Leave at this Junction and follow signs for Cirencester (A419 then A417). On approaching Cirencester follow signs for Gloucester(A417). This will bring you to Gloucester ring road where you need to follow signs for Ross-on-Wye (A40). Very soon after leaving the ring road you will see a right hand turn signposted Newent (B4215). Continue along the B4215 which takes a right turn on the edge of Newent (do not go into the town), signposted Ledbury/Leominster. About 7 miles after Newent you will come to a roundabout – continue straight on. A couple of miles later you will come to a crossroads with traffic lights. Hereford is signposted left along the A438. On entering Hereford follow signs to the city centre. Eventually the road bends to the right & you pass the Victory pub on the left & a car showroom on your right. At the next set of traffic lights turn left into Mill Street. Take the first right into Canitlupe Street, then the next left in to St Ethelbert Street. The road turns right into Castle Street and Quay Street is the last road on the left with a concealed entrance. Follow the road as far as the concrete bollards at the end. Park your car and walk up the path towards Castle Green. The gate to Castle Cliffe is on the right.
From the North: – Aim to join up with the M5 at Birmingham and drive South to junction 7 for Worcester. The ring road takes you round Worcester, following signs for the A4103 to Hereford (see below).
From the South West: – Take the M5 North to Junction 18. Follow the M49 to link up with the M4 West bound over the new River Severn Bridge. Follow M4 to Junction 24 then take A449 to Monmouth. The A449 feeds in to the A40 still going to Monmouth. About 5 miles North of Monmouth turn left onto the A4137, signposted Hereford. This then joins up with the A49 from Ross-on-Wye (see below).
A49 from Ross-on-Wye: – Follow main road into city, cross the bridge over the River Wye and continue straight on. You will come to a large roundabout. Turn right into New Market St, passing the old cattle market on your left. Straight on at the next lights, then move into the right hand lane. Turn right at the next lights into Union St (see below).
A49 from Leominster: – Follow signs for city centre. You will pass Hereford United football ground on your left. At next roundabout turn left into New Market St, passing the old cattle market on your left. Straight on at the next lights, then move into the right hand lane. Turn right at the next lights into Union St (see below).
A4103 from Worcester: – Follow signs for City Centre/Hereford train station. You will pass the train station turning on your right. Continue straight on along Commercial Rd as far as the large traffic light junction at the end, when you need to be in the left hand lane. Go straight on into Union St (see below).
From Union St: – Follow Union St to St Peter’s Sq, where the road bends slightly to the right. You then need to go straight on into Offa St. Take the first left into East St and follow the road to the end. Turn right into Ethelbert St and follow the road through a right turn into Castle St. At the far end of Castle St there is a concealed left turn into Quay St. Follow the road as far as the concrete bollards at the end. Park your car and walk up the path towards Castle Green. The gate to Castle Cliffe is on the right.
These routes have been chosen for speed and ease of driving. If you are in no hurry and are coming from London or the South of England, one of the most beautiful stretches of road we know is the A466 between Chepstow and Monmouth along the Wye valley. Highly recommended any time of year, but particularly in late April early May when the bluebells are out. A word of warning – if the weather has been very wet, check with the AA/RAC in case of flooding!
Public Transport – Castle Cliffe is within one mile of Hereford Railway Station and Hereford Bus Station.