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uniqueness around you, be fascinated by   The Marches area, while originally
         the buildings and historic imprints and   branching to the east too, is now identifi ed
         explore the incredible landscapes and vistas.   as the borderlands along Wales and
         Indulge in the award-winning food and   England, predominantly the Powys, West
         drink (ask for the world famous Hereford   Shropshire and Herefordshire boundaries,
         Beef from the indigenous Hereford Cattle),   with castles for which battles were fought
         admire the attractions, relax and have   by the Marcher Lords. At the heart of The
         exciting new experiences over and over   Marches are Presteigne and Knighton. The
         again. Herefordshire always loves a good   latter is home to the Offa’s Dyke Centre and
         celebration; from country fairs and shows   known as ‘The Town on the Dyke’. Follow
         around the pretty market towns, to food and   this famous earthwork boundary and path
         drink, art, music, fi lm and poetry festivals.   for incredible walking and views.
         Steeped in cider heritage (P89), a Wassail
         at the start of the New Year is a MUST!  The South Shropshire town of Ludlow is
                                             steeped in black and white historic charm,
         The Wye Valley National Landscape   with a recorded history beginning in 1086
         spans the border between England and   and over 500 listed buildings. Ludlow is
         Wales. Deemed one of the most beautiful   a leading foodie destination, home to all
         and scenic areas in southern Britain, its   genres of eateries and food purveyors
         picturesque sights are enjoyed by visitors   showcasing cuisine from around the region
         from all around the world and it’s particularly   and the world. One of the fi nest medieval
         popular with walkers, climbers, canoeists   ruins in England, Ludlow Castle is open to
         and nature lovers.                  the public and hosts many food and music
                                             festivals and theatre performances. The
         In 1782 William Gilpin published the UK’s   town is a perfect base for hiking, cycling
         fi rst tourist guide, ‘Observations of the   and walking and is the starting point of the
         River Wye’. In the late 18C ‘Picturesque   Mortimer Trail; a 30 mile spectacularly scenic
         Tourism’ was born and it became     route between Ludlow and Kington in
         commonplace for ‘tourists’ to take an   north Herefordshire.
         excursion down the River Wye, stopping off
         at various viewpoints to dine, paint or walk.   Photos  Breakfast at The Bookshop | Weobley |
         Hence Ross-on-Wye and the Wye Valley   Hampton Court Castle | Hereford Cattle |
         were branded ‘The Birthplace of Tourism’.  Lucksall Caravan & Camping Park canoe launch

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