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Garway Hill simply has to be one of the most beautiful places in Herefordshire. After walking up to the top, it is hard to decide which of the breathtaking views to take in first; the view of May Hill in Gloucestershire perhaps, or maybe the distant view of Oxfordshire, Hay Bluff, The Sugar Loaf and Skirrid or one of the other five counties that can be seen from there. Whichever direction you look in, there is nothing but outstanding beauty to behold.

As you make your way up the Garway Hill, you may see white mountain horses or sheep grazing, and near to the top you will find Black Pool. The pond, despite having no visible source to keep it topped up never runs dry and offers a constant supply of water for these animals and the local wildlife. It is also a breeding ground for Great Crested Newts.

At the very top of Garway Hill is what remains of a second World War radio tracking station, which was erected in 1942 at the order of the R.A.F. The remaining hexagonal wall used to have a timber tower on top and the construction in its entirety reached 8 metres in height. The upper tower was demolished in the 1970s. The remains however, offer welcome shelter from the occasional strong winds.

See also: [Garway Folk Festival].


A view from the top of Garway Hill. In the far distance, The Blorenge, hidden by The Skirrid (left) and the Sugarloaf (right).

May Hill and Ross-on-Wye as seen from the top of Garway Hill.

The September sun sets over Hay Bluff as seen from the top of Garway Hill.

The Sugarloaf after sunset.

Looking towards May Hill and Ross-on-Wye after dark. The dotted line is caused by the navigation lights of a passing aircraft during the long exposure.

Garway Hill in the winter. At the summit, the WWII Radio tracking station can just be seen.

A view taken during the walk to the summit.

Tina and Eric head for the WWII Radio Tracking Station at the Summit.

Hay Bluff covered in snow.

The Blorenge (far distance), The Skirrid (left) and The Sugarloaf (right).

May Hill and Ross-on-Wye from the summit.

Snow on Edmond's Tump, close to Garway Hill.

The Skirrid.

The Sugarloaf

Sheep on Garway Hill.

A 180 degree panorama pointing South from the summit.

Partly frozen 'Black Pool' on Garway Hill with May Hill in the far distance.


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