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Herefordshire, The Wye Valley

        and The Marches

        Hereford beef • Cider • Countryside • Walking • foodie •
        Festivals • History • River Wye • national landscapes

        Welcome to these three stunning regions, which overlap and entwine with seamless
        landscapes and scenery. Walk the border mountain ranges, explore unique market
        towns, discover hidden history, and enjoy current shows and festivals.
        The fifth longest river in the UK, the River Wye, dips in out of the English and Welsh
        borders as it stretches the 134-mile journey from Mid Wales down through The
        Marches, Herefordshire and the Wye Valley National Landscape. Along its route
        you will find wonderful wildlife, spectacular views, gorgeous gardens, enchanting
        castles, country houses, ancient landmarks and culture as well as picturesque
        villages, vibrant towns and gastronomic excellence.

        With almost 2000 listed buildings, over   Mountains, and the Brecon Beacons are
        20 castles (not all accessible), 178 bridges   also in plain view. Magnificent countryside
        and 77 Sites of Special Scientific Interest   connects The Golden Valley in the south-
        there will always be something to see and   west, Mortimer Country and the Black and
        do. Walking and cycling are hugely popular   White Village Trail to the north, and the
        around the stunning countryside and   Wye Valley to the south. Renowned for its
        bordering mountain ranges.          plentiful canoeing routes and salmon fishing,
                                            five more attractive rivers also flow through
        Hereford City is right at the beating heart   the county including the Lugg, the Frome,
        of Herefordshire, the five market towns of   the Arrow, the Leadon and the Dore.
        Kington, Leominster, Bromyard, Ledbury
        and Ross-on-Wye roll off like the spokes of   Herefordshire revels in its laid-back
        a cartwheel, taking in half of Hay-on-Wye   lifestyle; sparsely populated, heavily
        as it straddles the Welsh border. To the east   agricultural and famed for living life in
        lie the Malvern Hills, to the west the Black   the ‘slow lane’. Marvel at the creative

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