Here in Herefordshire, we believe we are the rightful ‘home’ of the apple and cider! We have the perfect soils and weather to grow the finest apples in the world. It’s a skill we’ve been perfecting for hundreds of years.
You don’t have to travel far to see the evidence. In Hereford, where Bulmers began, you can tour the Museum of Cider, housed in the original 1888 factory. Here you’ll uncover the story of the county’s preferred drink and, no doubt, visit the well-stocked Bottle Shop.
Out in the country you are never far from an orchard and a sign at the end of a farm drive inviting you to come and try their traditional cider. If your acquaintance with cider is the odd glass in a pub prepare to have your taste perceptions challenged!
The North Circuit: The Newton Wonder
North of the city of Hereford stretches an undulating swathe of farmland, orchards and forested hills, studded with the renowned ‘Black-and-White Villages’, featuring the traditional timber-framed houses so typical of our region.
This 49-mile loop from Hereford visits a succession of alluring hamlets, historic sites and passionate artisan producers creating excellent ciders, perries and juices. The circuit runs from Hereford to Tillington and Weobley, then on to Pembridge, Eardisland and Monkland, skirting Leominster, before arriving back in Hereford.
- ‘Honking’ for cider at Newton Court Cider
- Speeding down the descent to Weobley
- Viewing the 300-year-old cider mill at Butford Organic
- Savouring a ploughman's lunch at Monkland Cheese Dairy
- Picking up award-winning tipples from Dunkerton’s Cider Mill
- Stepping inside a leaning timber-framed dovecote from 1673
The South Circuit: The Redstreak
The ancient apple and pear orchards of southern Herefordshire, some of them well over two centuries old, are lovingly harvested by local producers to ferment spectacular ciders and perries in traditional and innovative styles.
Touring this 59-mile circular route will take you along shady backroads and the River Wye, as you visit some of the region’s best cider-makers. Travel from Hereford to Little Dewchurch, Hoarwithy and Ross-on-Wye, then onwards to Much Marcle, Ledbury and Bromyard, finishing back in the county city.
- Working through the latest vintages at Little Pomona Cidery
- Making your way over Foy Suspension Footbridge
- Supping a pint at The Yew Tree Inn
- Pausing for a picnic in a shady spot on the Wye
- Roaming the nature-friendly orchards at Gregg’s Pit
- Admiring Hoarwithy's Italianate-style church
- Visiting the barrel store at Oliver’s Cider & Perry
The West Circuit: Porter’s Perfection
The west of the county is patchworked with apple orchards and studded with artisan cider producers. This is the glorious Golden Valley, laced with rolling hills and a network of peaceful backroads - perfect for cycling.
Tackle the rewarding 48.5-mile double loop from Dorstone to meet craft cider makers and slake your thirst at historic country pubs. The circuit runs through north, taking in Bredwardine and Whitney, before snaking south to Rowlestone and returning via Ewyas Harold, Abbey Dore and Peterchurch. For a shorter ride, choose from either the north or south sections of the route.
- Pedalling the steep 100m climb to Bredwardine
- Touring the orchard at the Orgasmic Cider Company
- Refuelling at the county’s oldest pub, The Pandy Inn
- Cooling down with Rowlestone Farm Court’s luxury ice cream
- Browsing the bottle shops at Artistraw, Gwatkin Cider & Ty Gwyn Cider
- Drinking in the dramatic views at Arthur’s Stone
- Viewing the only surviving commercial horse-drawn mill at Fair Oak Cider