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