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.
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 River Wye and others, that’s why not only our beef but all our food is so good.
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 have lots going on, from regular festivals 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 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.
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.