Herefordshire is one of Britain's most scenic counties, incorporating some of its best-known landscapes. Its eastern border comprises the Malvern Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that's shared with neighbouring Worcestershire. To the west are the Black Mountains, its natural frontier with Wales, while the Shropshire borderlands and the Cotswolds bound the northern and southern fringes, respectively.
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Things to See and Do When You Stay
Bisecting the area is the River Wye, the UK's sixth-longest river. Its breathtaking eponymous valley was the effective birthplace of British tourism, thanks largely to the ardent writings of Rev. William Gilpin in the 1700s. Since then the region has been considered great walking territory.
A Walkers Wonderland
There are over 2,000 miles of designated footpaths, including parts of three of the Midlands' finest routes: the Wye Valley Walk, the Mortimer Trail and Offa's Dyke Path. The county's own walk, the Herefordshire Trail, is completely within its borders and links its five market towns (Leominster, Bromyard, Redbury, Ross-on-Wye and Kington) in a circular track measuring 154 miles. There are even Summer and Winter walking festivals that incorporate all of the above and others.
Hereford, with a population of 50,000, is the largest town. It, along with its market town neighbours, is characterised by classic black-and-white timber-framed houses. Many of these are Jacobean creations. Make sure you stop off at one of the innumerable rustic pubs and sample the locally-made cider and famous Herefordshire beef.