Famous today for its spectacular Marcher castle, which was built on a spur of land commanding a strategic crossing point on the river Wye, the origins of Goodrich go back at least to Roman times and probably before.
The village lies on the northern flanks of Coppett Hill, a dramatic ridge of sandstone and quartz conglomerate with limestone outcroppings. Welsh Bicknor lies to the south east of Goodrich, and the ancient road runs over Coppett Hill past Courtfield Manor where Henry V grew up as the ward of the Countess of Salisbury. She lies buried in Goodrich church in a plain altar tomb to the left of the altar.
Goodrich lies within the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (ANOB), so designated for its dramatic scenery; extensive native woodlands; wildlife; geology; and historic legacy. It is poised between the gentle Herefordshire lowlands to the north and the dramatic limestone cliffs of the lower Wye valley to the south and is the perfect base from which to explore this beautiful part of the country.
Photographs courtesy of Charlotte Williams
All films and events for Borderlines May Festival 2012 are now over.
Visit Flicks in the Sticks for details of the regular film programme at Goodrich Village Hall
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