The village of Woolhope lies 8 miles to the east of Hereford at the heart of the beautiful Woolhope Dome, a designated area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB).

The natural history and geology of Woolhope goes back over 400 million years – the “Dome” refers to the underlying geology around Woolhope – and has attracted many famous geologists and naturalists to study and write about the area. A number of these articles have appeared in the published transactions of the Woolhope Naturalists Field Club, an organisation that still meets today in Hereford library.

The village itself has a long history, it’s origins possibly linked to a pagan shrine on the ley line and pre-historic trackway that links the site of St. George’s Church and All Saints Hereford. The church, built in 1157, remains at the heart of the village today.

In the eleventh century, the manor of Woolhope was given to Hereford Cathedral by the sisters Wulviva and Godiva (of Coventry fame), and it is thought that this may be the origin of the village name – Wulviva’s Hope, ‘hope’ being an Anglo-Saxon valley.

21st Century Woolhope is a thriving parish of just over 200 houses. Our community includes farmers, artists, builders and plumbers, entrepreneurs, the hard working employed and the hard working retired, many of whom are involved in the village clubs and societies. We also put on a not to be missed Family Fete every August Bank Holiday Monday.

If you are visiting the area, you could take one of the many possible walks along the lanes and footpaths around the village, and enjoy some of the most beautiful views and countryside in the county. You could even take in a cricket match featuring Woolhope CC on the Berryfield on a Summer’s afternoon.

And if you are in need of refreshment, The Crown Inn and The Butchers Arms both serve fine ales and ciders, plus excellent food most lunchtimes and evenings.

If you do visit, we hope you enjoy your stay.