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We’ve worked hard to make sure The Lodge has everything you could ever ask for, however we would recommend you explore the magnificent county of Herefordshire. From fascinating market towns and quaint villages to its historic City, there’s plenty to see and do. In fact there’s so much we could have devoted this entire site to the topic. Instead, we’ve created a links page that will get you started and given you a little snapshot of what’s on offer.

Hereford itself is also well worth a visit, and not just because of its proximity. As well as being the county’s biggest city, it is home to a breathtaking 11th Century Norman Cathedral. The pedestrianised centre also plays host to all the usual shops and monthly Farmers’ Markets. However if you just want to unwind, pay a visit to the River Wye and have a drink or a meal overlooking its meandering waters. Or stroll along its banks to the open spaces of Bishops Meadow.

A bit further afield from The Lodge, about a 30-40 minute drive, you’ll find the market town of Ludlow. Or the UK’s food capital as it’s otherwise known. Boasting more Michelin starred restaurants than anywhere in the UK, bar London, it’s a food lover’s paradise. Especially with its weekly producers’ market, which offers the best in local cheeses, fish, meat, poultry, game, fruit and vegetables.

As a county, one of Herefordshire’s biggest attractions is the ‘Black and White’ trail. Characterised by the large number of timbered and half-timbered houses in the area, some of which date from medieval times the trail stretches from Leominster to Kinston in North West Herefordshire. What’s more it’s a great way to see the region.

If you fancy the idea of seeing a bit more of the county and don’t mind a stroll, there are some 2000 miles of footpaths. Three long distance paths cross the county – The Mortimer Trail, The Wye Valley Walk and Offa’s Dyke Path – while the Herefordshire Trail, a brand new long distance footpath links the various market towns.

Finally you can’t visit Herefordshire, without sampling some of its rather fine cider. The orchards are a sight to behold at all times of the year – The Lodge’s own being no exception – and many have public rights of way passing through them. You can even pick up a cider tour guide and sample your way through some 11 producers’ tipples. There’s no finer way to spend a day.