Black and white village days out

PUBLISHED: 15:17 17 February 2011 | UPDATED: 18:53 20 February 2013

The picture postcard village of Eardisland

The picture postcard village of Eardisland

March is the month for a monochrome outing, says Herefordshire Tourism Officer Jane Lewis

Seeing it all in black and white

March is the month for a monochrome outing, says Herefordshire Tourism Officer Jane Lewis

The half-timbered buildings in the north west of Herefordshire have been described as being unrivalled in England and the 40-mile circular Black and White Village trail is well signposted by brown and white tourist signs out on the open roads of the county.

The route, also clearly outlined in a new trail leaflet, leads visitors west
from the ancient town of Leominster, through a landscape of orchards, hop yards and distant hills, to the most picturesque black and white villages, as far as Kington on the borderlands with Wales. Other villages featured in the trail include a former Village of the Year, Weobley; Pembridge, with its church boasting an impressive detached belfry; and the picture postcard village of Eardisland.

The booklet features a map of the area, highlights nearby attractions,
and contains further information about each of the villages all of which have their own character, community, tea rooms, craft shops, churches and pubs waiting to welcome the visitor.

There are hundreds of timber-framed buildings in the area many of
them dating from the 16th and 17th centuries, and it is now possible to follow the trail in about 45 minutes using the audio car tour, which is available from local Tourist Information Centres.

The route is also accessible by using public transport with cycle hire information for those in search of an entirely different experience.
Copies the new Black & White Village Trail leaflet can be found in
the new Discover Herefordshire guide or, for more details, go to www.visitherefordshire.co.uk

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