The Parish

About Walford Parish

Lying 2 miles south of the Herefordshire market town of Ross-on-Wye, the parish of Walford is one of the largest in south Herefordshire; its name is thought to derive from the name ‘Wales-ford’ where the old turnpike road to Wales crossed the River Wye.

Partly located in the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and adjoining the Royal Forest of Dean, the settlements of Bishopswood, Walford, Hom Green, Coughton and Deep Dean comprise to form Walford Parish which is scenically framed by the River Wye to the west and the slopes of Chase Wood, Penyard Park, Howle, Leys and Bulls Hills to the east.

Kerne Bridge
Kerne Bridge

Steeped in history the ancient mediaeval monument of Goodrich Castle can easily be identified across the river from the Kerne Bridge, whilst the forests at Bishopswood were used for hunting. Also still visible in the parish are the remains of old iron works which date back to roman times.

We have two parish churches (All Saints at Bishopswood and St Michael and All Angels at Walford), a well attended primary school with around 175 pupils, a busy locally supported cafe which was also previously a shop and before that, the Post Office, located at Bishopswood; one public house (The Mill Race), one hotel (The Inn on the Wye) near Kerne Bridge and several bed and breakfast establishments. There are also a number of rural leisure facilities available which attract numerous visitors each year; the Wye Valley Walk passes through the parish with over 25 miles of footpaths and bridleways, fishing and shooting are also available and there is a public canoe launch near Bishopswood Village Hall, which is now in the ownership of the Parish Council, following a community asset transfer from Herefordshire Council. In addition there are a range of clubs and associations within the parish which operate from each of the village halls:

Servicing the needs of this busy parish there are thirteen Council Members, a part-time Clerk and a Community Support Coordinator. With a population of around 3,000 residents Walford Parish Council is committed to actively seeking to maintain and improve local facilities and wherever possible provide additional recreational facilities for the young, the elderly and indeed everyone who calls Walford Parish home.