The Parish

Brockhampton Group comprises the three parishes of Brockhampton, Linton and Norton.   The area includes a large proportion of scenic and varied countryside, much of which is open to the general public. Also included is the National Trust property of Brockhampton which currently attracts between 50 and 60 thousand visitors yearly.

The parishes provide opportunities for walking, running, horse riding, botanical and wild life observation, historical investigation, orienteering, volunteer conservation work and just simply relaxation. There are also designated bicycle routes on Bringsty Common. Maps and Trails are available at the Tourist Office in Bromyard.

The area is of outstanding beauty requiring continuous upkeep, which includes some of Bringsty Common cared for by the Bringsty Common Manorial Court (with the input of various conservation agencies) in grassland and woodland management and wild life investigation. Much of Bromyard Downs is contained in Linton and Norton and cared for by the Bromyard Downs Common Association on behalf of Herefordshire Council. For both areas there are regulations of access to which the public must adhere. The Brockhampton Estate is managed by the National Trust which devotes itself to the particular requirements of a varied landscape and historical buildings. Only National Trust members have free admission although all members of the public are welcome. The estate Chapel is open for worship every fourth Sunday of the month. The Chapel is usually locked but can be visited with prior notice to the Church Warden.

In addition to the Brockhampton Estate, there are a variety of other interesting historical buildings (domestic and otherwise) and significant features included in the three Parishes, which deserve inspection by anyone wishing to combine scenic walks with historical and topographical enquiry. Relevant information, O.S. Maps and pamphlets of guided walks are available at the Tourist Office and Food for Thought Bookshop in nearby Bromyard. O.S. Maps can also be obtained at Bromyard Post Office.

Accommodation in the three parishes is limited, but includes a caravan park fronting the A44 opposite the Downs turning. Bed and Breakfast accommodation is available at the Holly Tree and Little Bridge House in Norton and Warren Farm at Brockhampton. The National Trust has three holiday rental properties on the Brockhampton Estate and The Tower House at Buckenhill Manor (Norton) is also available as a holiday let. The public houses of The Live and Let Live in Linton and The Royal Oak in Norton provide popular eating places and for visitors to the Brockhampton Estate meals are available.

The three parishes clearly provide an ideal environment for anyone interested in nature, history, topography or the outdoor life and is deservedly popular with local residents as well as visitors from outside the area.