Black & White Villages Trail

A small slice of heaven

  • Medieval villages, prettiest half-timbered buildings
  • Quiet roads, passing hopyards, orchards & farmland
  • Situated in the north of the county
  • Great to walk, bike or drive
  • Take your time and stay along the way

 

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Black & White Trail


Each with its own character and allure, the villages all warrant a stroll. There are country pubs and homely tea rooms sprinkled along the route, as well as open gardens and stately homes.

Our cider makers deserve special mention. This is the land of apples, after all! Come in the spring to see the blossom or visit in the autumn to watch the cider being made. During the harvest you'll follow trailers of apples along the roads - the scent on the air is divine, in fact, we should probably bottle it.

The route is signed throughout with brown and white tourist signs, and you can pick up a leaflet at Leominster Tourist Information. Please be prepared for, and patient with, farm vehicles, particularly on minor roads. The total distance is about 40 miles and with stops at the villages and places of interest along the way, the circuit will provide an enjoyable day’s excursion.

And there's no need to rush... make a weekend of it by staying at farms, B&Bs and hotels along the way.

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Dilwyn

Dilwyn

A very old settlement with a village green, encircled by black and white cottages. There’s a 12th-century church here and the old forge is now a tea room and gallery. Looking out onto the green, you’ll find The Crown Inn, a real ale pub.

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Walks around Weobley, Herefordshire

Weobley

Pronounced Webley, once famed for its wool making and then its gloves and ale, Weobley’s lack of transport links meant that the industrial revolution passed it by.

Park in the centre of the village and explore by foot, following the Heritage Trail around the village to see fine examples of timber-framed buildings, including cruck cottages and Wealden houses, and the place where Charles 1st stayed during the Civil War. Everyone always likes to spot the pink and black house too!  Plenty of choices for refreshment when you finish your tour, The Geen Bean cafe serves excellent coffee and cakes, sample local ciders at Ye Olde Salutation Inn, or Jules Restaurant, advance booking essential.  
 
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Eardisley

Eardisley

Eardisley is celebrated for its elaborately carved church font, the work of the Herefordshire School of Romanesque Sculpture.

There are also two local pubs, including one which takes its name - The Tram Inn - from the early 19th century horse-drawn tramway which brought Welsh coal to the village. Go large and visit the Great Oak, an enormous 900-year-old hollow tree, which lies a mile or so away.

As you continue your travels around the trail, a diversion to Small Breeds Farm & Owl Centre is well worth including, they have one of the largest collections of owls in Europe.
 

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Lyonshall

Lyonshall

Lyonshall has a delightful church which sits alongside the ruins of the moated castle on the hillside overlooking the village.

You’ll see rolling fields, some of which grow blackcurrants for British Cassis which is made locally - book a tour if you want to find out more. Westonbury Mill Water Gardens make for another lovely stop - it’s brimming with exuberance, from the follies to the planting.
 
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A Cyclist looks at a black and white house

Pembridge

On the way to Pembridge you’ll pass many apple orchards, such a magical sight at blossom time. The timber-framed buildings which line the main street are quintessentially English, including some fine almshouses and a Market Hall.

The New Inn, opposite the Market Hall, is anything but new. Dating back 700 years to when the farmer's wife brewed ale to sell to the merchants at the market hall. With a flagstone floor and curved settle beside the fireplace, it is worth a visit. Peruse contemporary art and craft at the Old Chapel Gallery, and don’t miss to climb the steps beside Ye Olde Steppes shop to St Mary’s Church which boasts an extraordinary detached belfry, reminiscent of a pagoda. A short drive takes you to the Cider Barn Restaurant at the original home of Dunkertons Cider, which offers gourmet food and drinks in idyllic orchard surroundings. Further along you’ll find Luntley Dovecote, dating from 1673 - even our feathered friends enjoy the timber-framed treatment!
 
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A woman rides a bike through Eardisland black and white village

Eardisland

Eardisland sits on the banks of the River Arrow; it is a gorgeous spot. There’s yet more picturesque Black and White houses here, as well as an attractive moated castle mound and the oldest AA kiosk in Britain.

Relax at the traditional country pubs and tea room in the village and visit the unusual 17-century dovecote which sits next to the bridge, with a busy community shop on the ground floor. A short walk along the river there’s a super place for a wild swim.
 
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