There are four swimming pools in Herefordshire, all offering general swimming for the public along with special sessions at set times. Special sessions include ladies only swimming, parent and toddler classes, lessons and adult lane swimming. The swimming pools are run by Halo Leisure, and their website ishttp://www.haloleisure.org.uk/ or telephone 0845 1300842.
Fitness and group exercise classes are run by Halo Leisure on 0845 1300842 or http://www.haloleisure.org.uk/. Classes include Yoga, Aerobics, Circuit Training and Pilates. Some private gyms also run fitness classes and you can find these by using an internet search engine.
Herefordshire’s beautiful rivers offer a wealth of game and coarse fishing in lovely surroundings, and there are many places to fish with a day permit. Tackle shops are probably the best source of information as to what is available.
It is important to remember that any angler aged 12 years or over fishing for salmon, trout, freshwater fish or eels in Herefordshire must have an Environment Agency rod licence*. If you are caught fishing without a licence, you can be prosecuted and may be fined up to £2,500. Licences can be obtained online, by calling 0870 1662 662, or from any Post Office.
Anyone fishing must also have the permission of the landowner or person in charge of the waters they wish to fish.
There are many rules (called byelaws) for anglers, which are mostly designed to maintain fish stocks. The byelaws apply to all types of fisheries - whether they are owned by angling clubs, syndicates, local authorities, the Environment Agency or by private individuals. Full details are available from the Environment Agency website.
Where to Fish and Useful Contacts
Herefordshire and District Angling Association: Application forms and day tickets from Woody’s Angling Centre in Whitecross Road, Hereford, or write to PO Box 35, Hereford.
There is a sea-angling club which meets every month in Tewkesbury. Contact email@example.com or telephone 07952 071947.
*This applies to all waters in England (except the River Tweed), Wales or the Border Esk and its tributaries in Scotland.
Team Sports and Sports Clubs
Herefordshire has dozens of sports clubs across the county. They offer a wide variety of activities, such as football, hockey, rugby, netball, tennis and cricket, climbing, fencing, flying, boxing and horse riding. Many offer sessions for children. You will need to enquire with the club you are interested in joining.
There are many gyms across Herefordshire. Halo Leisure run gyms at Bromyard, Hereford, Ledbury, Leominster and Ross, and each has an extensive range of fitness equipment. Telephone 0845 1300842, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or log on to http://www.haloleisure.org.uk/.
To find other, privately owned gyms, you can use an internet search engine.