Top Ten reasons to visit Herefordshire

PUBLISHED: 18:03 21 September 2010 | UPDATED: 17:51 20 February 2013

Top Ten reasons to visit Herefordshire

Top Ten reasons to visit Herefordshire

Jane Lewis, Herefordshire Tourism, Food and Marketing Manager, chooses her top ten reasons to get out and about... what are yours?

A county for all seasons

Jane Lewis, Herefordshire Tourism, Food and Marketing Manager, chooses her top ten reasons to get out and about what are yours?

Much of the myth, and mystique, of Herefordshire can still be found in The Land of Wye which, to a large degree, remains in splendid isolation from the rest of Britain.

Set well away from motorways and flight-paths, its an area best explored at a more relaxed pace while taking in the backdrop of one of the nations most spectacular valleys.

Herefordshire is certainly a well kept secret and there is so much here for our visitors to enjoy but also for our residents to discover! People are often aware of the places, the history and the culture we have around where we live but Herefordshire is a much bigger place with so much to offer. Whether you live in Herefordshire, have friends and family visiting you or are a visitor to the county why not take up the challenge this autumn and discover something about the county you did not know about before?

Here are our top ten reasons for visiting Herefordshire why not share with us your favourites?

1. The great outdoors
Herefordshire is certainly a place to enjoy the great outdoors an area where all activities can be experienced either in moderation or on a full blown active weekend canoe down the River Wye, gallop through the open terrain, play golf on the highest golf course in Britain or walk along the two 10 miles of public footpaths in the county. There is something here for everyone.

2. Apple time
Well over 60 million gallons of Herefordshire cider are produced every year in Big Apple country where, in spring, visitors can marvel at the colourful apple blossom. Visitors can also follow a Cider Trail around 16 producers, both large and small, who are always eager to talk about their products.

3. Black and white treasures
You can visit Herefordshire's historic half-timbered black and white villages on a magical 40 mile round trip trail the only place in England where there is such a fine array of half timbered houses all in one location.

4. The Mappa Mundi

The oldest map of the world stored within Hereford Cathedral has recently been added to the UNESCO Memory of the World International Register. The cathedral is also home to The Magna Carta Exhibition. View the finest surviving official 1217 Magna Carta displayed alongside previously unseen books documents and artefacts.

5. Festivals and fete
Herefordshire hosts a number of festivals and events ranging from international events such as the Big Chill Festival, to the oldest music festival in the UK The Three Choirs Festival to local village fetes and shows and folk festivals.

6. Walk this way
Discover some of the county's great footpaths. The nine day Walking Festival in June is an ideal time to enjoy a walk in the country. Many of the walks are linked to local food and drink.

7. Everything's coming up roses
Herefordshire's spectacular garden range is great, from the grand to the intimate, but all are personal, all are imbued with the particular character of Marcher countryside. To spend a couple of days visiting a handful of these gardens is one of the unsung treats in the British Isles.

8. Magical countryside
The rural landscape of Herefordshire is so different. From the Malvern Hills to the border of Wales, there is something magical about the county. Driving along the country roads there is interest around every corner from historic churches, country houses to castles and gardens.

9. Good taste
The county encourages the use and promotion of locally produced food and drink. Look out for the Flavours of Herefordshire logo when you
next visit a pub, restaurant, tea room or shop.

10. The Flavours of Herefordshire Food Festival
Those delicious local tastes are celebrated through an annual awards scheme. Winners are named at The Flavours festival held in October
(23-24) which is where the county combines its wonderful produce with mouth-watering Gourmet Herefordshire packages. During the two-day festival visitors can meet more than 120 producers and enjoy cookery demonstrations with some of the local chefs from the region.

If you would like to share your top ten reasons to visit the county email joanne.goodwin@archant.co.uk

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