With its rolling agricultural landscape, Herefordshire is a countryside-lover’s dream. This laidback county in the West Midlands is an easy place to visit, with the likes of riverside trails along the wriggling River Wye and charming towns like Hereford making for an appealing agenda. Beyond Hereford, the picturesque Ross-on-Wye is an attractive town in the southeast of the county, and Symonds Yat is perfect for aquatic adventures. Continue reading to discover why Herefordshire is well worth a visit.
You can stay on a llama farm at Old King Street Farm, where you can take the llamas out for a walk (or sometimes the other way around…). The farm is situated along a quiet road, with two holiday cottages – the Cider House and Pomona Cottage – to choose from. It makes for one of the more unusual places to stay in Herefordshire, but that’s part of the fun.
If you’d rather stay somewhere a little more basic than a holiday cottage, camping is a great way to reconnect with nature in Herefordshire. Tresseck Campsite is situated along the banks of the River Wye and is the ideal place to stay if you’re looking for tranquility – and maybe a digital detox. During the day you can launch for paddleboard just a few short footsteps from your tent, while come evening you can watch the crackling flames of the campfire.
Those searching for luxury B&Bs will love Royal Parade B&B, located in the heart of Ross-on-Wye. You’ll feel tucked away amidst all the action here with its private outdoor space (patio, garden), free parking and secure cycle storage. Breakfast is also available here, so you needn’t travel far in search of food – although when you do fancy venturing out, it’s ideal that the town centre is right on your doorstep.
There are plenty of self-catering options in Herefordshire for whatever your group size. Think barns, coach houses, holiday cottages and farms.... And with all the modern stylings and fittings, you don’t have to feel like you’re going without. To really go all-out, consider a stay at Rowden Mill Station, a former nineteenth-century train station that has been renovated into two self-contained spaces – the Station Building and the Parcel Office – that are modern on the inside but have been restored to its delightfully traditional aesthetic on the outside.
That said, you can’t beat a classic hotel stay in Herefordshire. With plenty of stylish rooms full of character, you’ll really be able to relax and get ready for another day of sightseeing by staying at a hotel. Consider The Feathers Hotel, located in Ledbury, with its traditional Coaching Inn vibe and eatery and coffee house on-site. The Green Dragon in Hereford is another stylish option, otherwise there’s the likes of the family-run Old Court Hotel, a Grade II-listed manor house in Symonds Yat – which is also a popular wedding venue.
In terms of getting around Herefordshire, we hope the following information helps.
With public footpaths aplenty, the best way of getting around Herefordshire is by foot – not just for convenience, but as a way to soak up all that scenic beauty, too. With country walks, town-centre trails and multi-day hikes, walking actually makes for one of the easiest ways of getting around. It’s a very attractive option for those travelling on a budget, too – just make sure you pack decent, suitable footwear.
Similarly, getting around Herefordshire by bike is another popular way to discover this green county. You can either bring your own bike – plenty of accommodation types provide secure cycle storage facilities – or you can rent one instead. With a network of cycle paths, low traffic levels and small rural lanes, cycling around Herefordshire makes for a fun activity in itself. In Hereford, you can rent a Beryl Bike – just download the app, unlock the bike and off you go.
Getting around Herefordshire by bus is a convenient way to travel between towns in Herefordshire. The local service is Traveline, so it’s best to check there for the latest timetables. In general, though, you can expect a regular service from Monday to Saturday, but it’s worth stating that the service is severely reduced on Sunday. For reference, it takes roughly 1hr to travel from Ross-on-Wye to Hereford. If you’re still unsure, head to a tourist office to find out more.
Travelling by car is a convenient way to get around Herefordshire, with plenty of car parks, disabled parking and electric car parking points. While you don’t necessarily need a car to travel between places in each town, if you’re planning a larger visit to more destinations in Herefordshire then travelling by car is worth considering. If you’re planning on travelling by motorhome, it’s worth visiting the Herefordshire Council website for details.
There are also Blue Badge parking spaces, accessible toilet facilities and a Shop Mobility scheme (Ross-on-Wye).
This article was written in partnership with Visit Herefordshire.