On a loop of the River Wye, Hereford is situated at the heart of the county. Highlights include its iconic cathedral (home to the Mappa Mundi), its independent shopping quarter, thriving food scene and museums. Outdoor activities on offer include walking, canoeing, paddleboarding and golf.
Celebrated for its stylish shopping, independent cafes and international Poetry Festival, Ledbury’s historic high street is a vibrant place. Eastnor Castle, Hellens Manor and artisan food producers are all close by. And the town’s proximity to the Malvern Hills and Marcle Ridge is superb for walkers.
Perched on a sandstone cliff above the River Wye, Ross is made for mooching, thanks to its independent shops and galleries, including the Vintage Shopping Trail. It’s the perfect spot to embark on a canoeing adventure, as well as walks and cycle trips, and is within easy reach of Symonds Yat and Goodrich Castle.
An antiques treasure trove with dealers dotted all around its pretty streets, Leominster is home to the Tudor gem Grange Court and close to three historic houses. Nearby find craft cider makers, open gardens, and woodland. Leominster is also the classic starting point for the Black and White Villages Trail.
Mooch around the art galleries, shops and cafes in this tiny town before heading for the hills. Kington is a walkers’ paradise, offering endless tempting routes. Nearby, discover fabulous open gardens, the highest golf course in England and a host of pretty Black and White villages.
Sitting pretty on a hilltop, with views to the Black Mountains and Malvern Hills, Bromyard has a traditional high street and a flair for festivals. Walk the Bromyard Downs, visit the historic NT Brockhampton, tour artisan cider and wine makers and eat at a Michelin-starred restaurant.
Dubbed the ‘Town of Books’ and famed for its eponymous festival, Hay’s delightful high street spans bookshops, art galleries, homeware stores and boho cafes. Located on the English-Welsh border, it’s an ideal spot for outdoor pursuits, from canoeing to walking in the Golden Valley and Black Mountains.