Once the stronghold of the turbulent Mortimer family, Wigmore Castle was later dismantled to prevent its use during the Civil War. Now it is among the most remarkable ruins in England, largely buried up to first floor level by earth and fallen masonry. Yet many of its fortifications survive to full height, including parts of the keep on its towering mound.
Wigmore Castle website
Standing in open countryside above the River Wye, Goodrich Castle is one of the finest and best preserved of all English medieval castles. Boasting a fascinating history, spectacular views from the battlements and a delightful tearoom Goodrich Castle promises a great day out for everyone.
Goodrich castle website
Water is a living, moving part of the Brecon Beacons landscape. It shapes our hills and valleys, gives life to our flora and fauna, freshens the air and creates wide open spaces for us to enjoy.
Within our Park, we have gushing streams, 140 miles of rivers, 35 miles of canal, nine reservoirs and Wales’ largest natural lake. Fed by a plentiful supply of rain, our waters are perfect for outdoor activities.
Brecon Beacons website
Arthur’s Stone is an atmospheric Neolithic burial chamber made of great stone slabs, set in the hills above Herefordshire’s Golden Valley.
Like many prehistoric monuments in western England and Wales, this tomb has been linked to King Arthur since before the 13th century. According to legend, it was here that Arthur slew a giant who left the impression of his elbows on one of the stones as he fell.
Arthur’s Stone website
A powerful thick-walled round keep dating from around 1200, characteristic of the Welsh Borders, on a large earthen mound within a stonewalled bailey. Set in the beautiful Olchon valley, with magnificent views of the Black Mountains.
Ewias Lacey Castle, as it was once known, may have been built on an already well-defended site. Its prominent location, on a spur of high ground between two river valleys, and the evidence of its outer earthworks, suggest to some that an Iron Age camp may have been established here. The Romans also probably occupied the site.
An alternative suggestion is that the origins of the site lie in the late Saxon period, in the 10th century. What is certain is that in 1086 Domesday Book recorded the land here as belonging to the Lacey family, who exacted payments in honey and pigs from their tenants.
Longtown Castle website
The Gardens that reflect the manor house tastes and needs of different generations that lived here. From the most recent family to live here in the 1950s to the medieval origins of the estate itself.
Surrounding the romantic timber framed manor house are gardens which change with the seasons and enhance the rustic beauty of the manor house itself.
In front of the manor house, as you cross the moat and enter through the unique timber framed gatehouse, the borders are filled with cottage garden style plants, many of which were planted by Marion and Valentine Freegard, who lived here in the 1950s.
Lower Brockhampton Website
1000 years of power, politics and pleasure in an intimate family home. Croft Castle sits deep in the heart of Herefordshire countryside surrounded by 1500 acres of historic woodland, farm and parkland. Home to the Croft family for nearly 1000 years, this castle has many powerful stories to uncover.
Croft Castle website
On any visit to Berrington a walk around some of the 456 acres of parkland is a must. This is especially so throughout 2016 we celebrate the 300th anniversary of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown’s birth. A new Welcome Centre and waymarked walk have been opened to uncover his unique skill and vision.
Berrington Hall website
The Black & White Village Trail is a motor/cycle route through some of the prettiest villages and most beautiful landscape in England. The 40 mile circular trail leads west from the ancient town of Leominster, through a rich landscape of orchards, hopyards and distant hills, taking in the most picturesque black and white villages along the way as well as the little market town of Kington.
The villages are more than just pretty places to visit. Each one has its own character and community, with tea-rooms, shops, craft workshops and pubs waiting to welcome the visitor.
Take advantage of the quieter pace of life and enjoy a day spent following the byways of quintessential rural England.
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Throughout Herefordshire there is a strong tradition of farm cider making. Farmers produced cider to be drunk by the farm labour force during the following year, especially the busy times of hay-making and harvest.
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