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A more beautiful and unspoilt County would be hard to find. Rolling hills, thick forests and majestic rivers characterise this wonderful County. Every season is a delight for the scenic photographer, the nature lover and those that desire peace and tranquillity. Characteristic of this County are the many bountiful orchards spreading across Herefordshire.
The characteristic pretty black and white villages take you back centuries as you travel through the famous Black-and-White Village Trail. The numerous Oast Houses remind the visitor of the significant part this County has played in the processing of hops for a brewing industry that is still alive and well today with several micro-breweries scattered throughout the region. The County has a thriving arts and cultural scene coupled with a wealth of attractions and activities including fishing, canoeing, rambling, cycling golf and much more.
A number of vibrant market towns including Ledbury and Hereford with arts and crafts, antiques and farmers markets selling home produced chutneys, meats, vegetables, jams, fruit and chutneys throughout Herefordshire.
The Mortimer family, who came over from Normandy with William the Conqueror, settled in the borderlands as Marcher Lords. The family became increasingly powerful and Roger Mortimer ruled England as Regent for the youthful Edward III. Fortunes fluctuated until the end of the Mortimer line with the death of Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth.
Kington, recorded in the Doomesday book in1086 is a natural focus for walkers. To the north, Offa's Dyke Path and the Mortimer Trail bounder the beautiful scenery of Mortimer Country. Offa's Dyke Path continues to the south, with the Black Mountains and the River Dore on either side of the Golden Valley.
The Golden Valley is one of the most scenic and unspoilt areas in Britain, wide and tranquil with gentle wooded slopes on either side of the River Dore.
High on a sandstone cliff, overlooking a large loop in the River Wye, is the historic market town of Ross-on-Wye. The spire of the 13th C St. Mary's Church is visible for miles around and the river attracts canoeists, rafters and rowers. Less strenuous pursuits include fishing and walking along the banks enjoying the peace and tranquillity of the river or exploring the many intriguing shops in the town centre.
Herefordshire is the County of five rivers and the market town of Ledbury in the east of the County is named after the River Leadon which flows through the parish. Still to be seen and visited are The Heritage Centre housed in the Guildhall for merchants and built circa 1480, Butcher's Row House - the survivor of a row of shops and houses running up the High Street from 1468 and the Chapel and Hall of the 13th Century Hospital of St. Katherine in the High Street.
Ledbury Poetry Festival is renowned worldwide and is easy to enjoy with Ledbury's access to the motorway network and mainline railway.
Lying midway between Hereford and Worcester, Bromyard sits amongst some of the most scenic countryside in England. The district has a history stretching back to the iron-age and was well populated by early Roman times. Hop growing remains the primary enterprise of Bromyard and Ledbury, with 4,000 acres under hop cultivation.
Leominster lies in the heart of the Marches, the beautiful borderlands of England and Wales and dates from the 7th century. It is famous for the abundance of antique shops, galleries and markets offering a wide range of collectables at very reasonable prices and the regular antique auctions which are held at the Fine Art sales rooms. Market day is Friday when Corn Square is thronged with people around the stalls.
Hereford, as the livestock and agricultural centre for Herefordshire and neighbouring mid-Wales, is host to a livestock market every Wednesday. The pedestrianised open space of High Town at the centre of the city is a lively meeting place and shopping centre with coffee stalls, entertainment and weekly market stalls
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