The Forest of Dean

The Forest of Dean is one of the only surviving ancient woodlands in England. A large area was reserved for royal hunting before 1066 and remains the second largest crown forest in the country. Highlights include Puzzlewood, Clearwell Caves, Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail, Go Ape at Mallard Pike and Dean Forest Railway.

Ledbury

Ledbury’s historic streets are lined with independent shops, plus plenty of places to refuel. We recommend a wander through the historic streets and stroll up tiny alleys to find Ledbury’s array of independent shops. Specialities include Tinsmiths and the delights of Hus & Hem.

Malvern Hills

The Malvern Hills are an official area of outstanding natural beauty, famous for their scenic views over Herefordshire and Worcestershire. The Hills run north/south for about 13km and overlook the River Severn valley to the East, with the Cotswold beyond. There are various walking routes, but we recommend starting at British Camp (WR13 6DW).

Wye Valley (Symonds Yat)

Symonds Yat is a popular beauty spot, there is a walk up to The Rock for stunning views across the valley and the Saracens Head Inn for a meal overlooking the River Wye. There is also canoe hire from Wyedean Canoes.
01600 891 376.

Eastnor Castle

Eastnor Castle is a magnificent Georgian Castle dramatically situated in the foothills of the Malverns, near Ledbury, and is surrounded by a beautiful deer park, lake
and arboretum. The castle is still the home of the Hervey-Bathurst family and its lavish interiors contain medieval armour, fine art and the gothic drawing room designed by A.W.Pugin. In the grounds there is plenty to do for all ages including an adventure playground, junior obstacle course, knight’s maze, treetop walkway and a woodland play area.

 

Weston’s Cider Tour and Tasting

Weston’s is a successful cider and perry producer based in Much Marcle, Herefordshire. The family-owned company has been making cider in the same location since 1880. The site is home to The Scrumpy House Restaurant and a large children’s playground. 01531 660 233.

Goodrich Castle

Goodrich Castle is a Norman medieval castle ruin north of the village of Goodrich in Herefordshire, controlling a key location between Monmouth and Ross-on-Wye.

Hellens Manor, Much Marcle

A 16th century Manor House with heirlooms of Anne Boleyn, the haunted bed-chamber prepared for Queen Mary Tudor, and paintings by Gainsborough, Van Dyke, and Peter Lely. The grounds and gardens are dog friendly and there is an onsite tearoom.

 

 

 

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