When you think of Herefordshire we hope you will picture a land literally of milk and honey, or perhaps more accurately cider and beef. Famously agricultural, this is a county where food provenance is in abundance and the pace of life is sllloooooww. And that’s the point.
Herefordshire produces over half of the UK’s cider and is home to some of the beverage’s giants being the original home of Bulmers (many of the Bulmer family still have alternative businesses here), and Westons. Not to mention the smaller cider producers squeezing from their own orchards to bring you powerful and characterful blends and a whole cider trail to visit and buy from. Excitingly the county’s craft producers go even wider than cider, including Vineyards, Distilleries, Breweries, even Cassis. Enjoy our Sip Drink Tour Herefordshire Trail here.
Of course the county’s Hereford cattle is similarly world famous, producing steak and beef like no other due to its liking for outdoor rearing. No wonder they want to be out there, the rolling fields and farmland are well nourished by the famous River Wye and others, that’s why not only our beef but all our food is so good. Blessed with a plethora of award-winning pubs and restaurants Herefordshire now also has a Michelin Star destination in Penson’s on its eastern border.
If you want to really indulge in a bit of country life, this is Farm Stay heaven, as many of the farmhouses and buildings have become gorgeous B&Bs and holiday lets, but at least you won’t have to feed the cows and plough the fields, just enjoy a peaceful getaway.
But don’t think there’s not plenty to do here; the wealth of market towns Leominster, Ledbury, Ross-on-Wye, Bromyard, Kington, Hay-on-wye have lots going on, from regular festivals and shows celebrating their traditions and always the food, the FOOD, to our beautiful City of Hereford with its history and culture, shopping and parks, and the magnificent Hereford Cathedral housing one of the world’s oldest maps the Mappa Mundi and the important Magna Carta.
Bordered by the Black Mountains, the Malvern Hills, The Brecon Beacons and its own stunning landscape, Herefordshire’s is a mecca for walkers, cyclists and climbers. Holding walking festivals in every region, mapping plenty of routes for every ability and hosting the Herefordshire Trail and parts of the Wye Valley Walk, with plenty of bedstops along the way, this couldn’t be a more ‘walkers are welcome’ destination. Or pick up the pace on your bicycle and go on or off road with abandon.
You will be charmed by the county’s Black and White Village Trail – a 40 mile route taking in picture-book medieval villages and hamlets with plenty of places to stop with your camera along the way.
The River Wye, the Lugg, the Arrow and more attract not only tremendous fishing, but fantastic canoeing and their banks are beautiful picnic spots. We could go on, but what we simply want to say is, Herefordshire is amazing and we can’t wait to show you how.
Getting Around Herefordshire -Create your own tours and trails with our handy downloable maps here
See below for our useful directory of Maps, Walking and Cycling routes, Bus services and Car parking.
Herefordshire is abundant with great walks and trails including circular and national routes. Click here for more general information on Walks in Herefordshire. Also see:
Another fantastic way to see the County is on a bike. Cycle routes are abundant around the city of Hereford, the market towns and enjoy a leisurely scenic bike ride through beautiful Herefordshire countryside. Find more information here.
Hereford City recently introduced a great way to get around the city using a bike share scheme, There are 150 bikes and 40 bays to pick up and leave them. Find out more about Beryl Bikes in Hereford here.
Find bus timetables, routes and times here.
For details on where to park in the county, and Electric Charging Points click here.