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Ewyas Harold


Ewyas Harold is a village and civil parish in the Golden Valley in Herefordshire, England, near to the Welsh border with present day Monmouthshire and about half way between the towns of Abergavenny and Hereford. It lies on the Dulas brook, and is contiguous with the neighbouring village of Pontrilas.

The village is named after Harold, son of Ralph the Timid earl of Hereford, and great-grandson of King Ethelred the Unready. It lies on the site of Ewyas Harold Castle, of which only the motte remains. Ewyas Harold common is a large area of common land within the parish, rich in wildlife. It contains an ancient greenway, meadow saffron (left over from cultivation by the monks at Dore Abbey), and some villagers still have commoner's rights.

The village contains a number of amenities, such as a school, fire station and redundant Catholic church. The Church of England ministry of St. Michael and All Angels is now linked with that of several neighbouring parishes. It is the nearest village to the Pontrilas Army Training Area. Wonderful walking along Offa’s Dyke, the Herefordshire Trail and Marches Way. Within an easy drive of the Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons. Golf, fishing, riding and canoeing and  canals be found locally. Visit many castles and National Trust properties, and Dore Abbey is within walking distance. Within an easy drive of Hay-on-Wye, known as the book capital of the world, with many craft shops and galleries, also the market towns of Brecon and Abergavenny. Hereford offers shops, eateries, cathedral, the Mappi Mundi Centre and Chained Library.

The Village has two thriving pubs,  a Butcher,  a fish and chip Shop, a Doctors surgery and a Dentist. There is also a large recreation ground which includes an children's play area, a football pitch, and a cricket pitch. The village has a very active football and cricket club. The Village also has a large Memorial Hall, which has any number of functions and activities from Badminton to Zumba.




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