Herefordshire

NOZSTOCK: The Hidden Valley

Amid the emerald fields and raggle-taggle farmhouses of Herefordshire’s ruralest countryside lies Nozstock The Hidden Valley.

Entering it’s 17th year, Nozstock is an award winning family run, home made festival set on a beautiful working farm in the truly stunning heart of the Herefordshire countryside. Independent and just a little nit left of centre, Nozstock brims with diversity, creativity and excitement.

This years highlights include Wu Tang Clan, Martha Reeves & the Vandellas, Fuse ODG Beardyman, Hollie Cook, Molotov Jukebox, Neville Staple Band, Will and The People, Mouse Outfit ft Dr Syntax & Sparkz, By The Rivers, The Computers, Clarence Clarity, P Money, Mad Professor, Electric Swing Circus, Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer, Beans on Toast, Skinny Lister, DJ Hype, Ed Rush & Optical, Congo Natty, Dillinja, London Elektricity, Etherwood and Danny Byrd. There’s comedy from Seann Walsh, Mark Simmons and Andrew Maxwell plus an endless array of distractions and interactions including cabaret, theatre, poetry, spoken word, circus, performance, workshops, cinema, kids area, arts and delicious local food and drink.

Like the very best of festivals, Nozstock was founded by a fun-loving family, their extended relatives, friends, acquaintances and pretty much everyone who had a guitar to play or a joke to tell. It was a hazy, optimistic time at the turn of the millenium, when life felt simple and summers were long and full of amusements. The Hidden Valley has successfully retained this homely, welcoming nostalgia, but have woven it into a delightful amalgamation of performance, art, electronic supersounds and good old-fashioned guitar-strumming and drum-bashing, thanks to some great advice and not a small dose of audience participation and feedback. Now an established family event, Nozstock is a sonic escape boasting nine stages of entertainment with surprising sights and intimate, secluded areas of theatre and discovery to be unearthed.

When its visitors down tools and hand themselves over to Nozstock’s crew, safe in the knowledge that their hedonistic needs will be met, they discover there’s a small world of frivolity to find, all scrupulously programmed by the festival’s founders, the Nosworthy family and their eclectically informed friends.
The festival’s ethos is about bringing play to everyone, in whatever form it can. Nozstock believes in the value of not only entertaining, but in participation and contribution. It’s an ever-changing event with a clear agenda; to invite conversation, interaction and serious recreation. Above all, Nozstock The Hidden Valley is a blissful family festival that caters to all ages with activities that little ones can enjoy as well as entertainment for teens, students, seasoned festivalites, party-starters and grandparents.

 

The details you need to know;

Price £105 for the 2 day event

START July 24th 12pm and ENDS july 26th 11pm

Website: http://www.nozstock.com/

contact number: 01885 475 005

Email: promotions@nozstock.com

Introducing rural concierge

Whether you are travelling in a group, club or individually your Rural Concierge, Liz Hill offers guided tours of Herefordshire as well as day trips, themed tours and bespoke itineraries.
All arranged to explore the best of Herefordshire’s hidden gems.
Based in Herefordshire, with her extensive knowledge and experience in the travel industry, Rural Concierge can organise really interesting day trips for you – she’ll probably have a fascinating anecdote for you too and link you to the most suitable experts for places to see, to eat out, places to stay, anything….

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Ross Ramblers Association launches Top Ten Herefordshire Walks

Ten Top Herefordshire Walks

Hot off the Press!  their brand new book, Top Ten Herefordshire Walks, is now published, priced at £3.95. The book features walks all over the county, designed and researched by Ramblers members.Herefordshire is a wonderful place to walk, and whatever your preference, you should find a walk to suit you in this book. There are the slopes of the Black Mountains  and the Marches (Clodock, Kington ), the wilder commons and downs of Herefordshire (Coppett Hill, Bringsty/Brockhampton), the renowned black and white villages (Pembridge), Herefordshire’s famous churches (Kilpeck), the Wye valley itself (Breinton, Coppett Hill), the traditional rolling countryside (Coddington, Burghill) or the ancient woodlands of Lingen. Two of the walks (Breinton and Burghill) are close to the centre of Hereford, and many are accessible by public transport.  Most walks have some excellent pubs and cafes nearby or on the route, and we give details of these, together with local points of interest.They recognise that books like this can get outdated quite soon as conditions on the ground can change, they intend to update everyone by this website with details of any changes.To get your copy please contact Tom Fisher on 01886 821544 or e-mail tomfisher52@gmail.com

Stepping Beyond guided day walks in the stunning Herefordshire countryside

Herefordshire is known as the county with hidden beauty… the last remaining rural idyll. There is no better way to experience this beauty than by leaving the car behind and  spending time walking with Stepping Beyond’s  experienced guides, sharing time with like minded people.

Whether you are travelling alone, or in a group or as a family you can walk with Stepping Beyond  to see, taste and experience the very best that Herefordshire has to offer. Perhaps you want to walk for whole or part of a day; they can offer walks to suit all ages and capabilities. Taste cider made from locally grown apples, visit the beautiful and picturesque Black and White villages, the rolling hills and valleys of the Golden Valley or step into some of  Herefordshires most ancient and historic churches that are scattered across the landscape.

Walk in Herefordshire with Stepping Beyond and they will take you off the beaten track and share areas of Herefordshire that time has forgotten… truly getting back to out roots. Continue reading

Hay on Wye Walking Festival October 11th to 15th 2012

Hay on Wye is well known as the town of books and home to the large annual literary festival. but did you know that this weekend the Hay on Wye Walking Festival is taking place.

It is a wonderful centre for walking, with easy access to the Brecon Beacons National Park, Offa’s Dyke Trail, the Black Mountains, the Wye Valley, the Golden Valley and the Black & White Villages of Herefordshire.

They ran our first Hay Walking Festival in October 2011 and it proved to be a very successful event. This year they have extended the event to cover 5 days, from Thursday 11th – Monday 15th October 2012. They are putting on a full and varied programme of some 45 guided walks for all ages and abilities, from full days to a few hours, together with opportunities to acquire better navigational and map reading skills and to learn about the geology and archaeology of the area. There are also opportunities to sample some local cycling and canoeing down the Wye. The walks are graded according to difficulty and are all led by experienced walkers and walk leaders, a number of whom run their own walking , cycling or outdoor activity centres in the area. The programme provides the opportunity to be led by local experts through some of the most spectacular scenery that the area has to offer, whilst learning something new about the history and the landscape. A number of walks start in Hay itself, more distant or longer walks provide transport at a small additional cost and one walk uses public transport.

They hope that this varied programme will appeal both to visitors and local residents, giving visitors a taste of some of the stunning scenery, and introducing residents to new paths and unfamiliar corners of this wonderful border country.
They also have a short programme of evening events, including the festival ceilidh, to be held at the Swan, and a pub quiz at Kilverts – both of which proved popular and successful last year. This year there is also have an evening of local song provided by the Village Quire at the Globe.

The Swan at Hay hotel is kindly offering to act as the Festival Hub, providing tea, coffee and cake at a modest price and somewhere to meet up before and after walks and events. It will be the place to check out late availability on walks, meet off duty walk leaders, catch up with friends old and new and hang up your boots (both literally and metaphorically) between walks.

 

Queenswood Country Park and Arboretum Dinmore Hill Leominster Herefordshire

The park is open daily, dawn-dusk.

Queenswood is the only designated Country Park in the County, it is home to a 47 acre tree collection (arboretum) with over 1,200 rare and exotic trees from all over the world and 123 acres of semi-natural ancient woodland which is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Local Nature Reserve (LNR).

The planting of the arboretum at Queenswood began in 1953 to mark the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. It was funded by a public appeal ‘The Queenswood Coronation Fund’ launched by Sir Richard Cotterell who was then the Chairman of the Queenswood Management Committee and the Lord Lieutenant of Herefordshire.
At  Queenswood there is a collection of Californian Redwoods (which grow to over 100 metres tall in their native America), an avenue of 40 different species of Oak and the Autumn Garden where Japanese Maples display their spectacular coloured foliage in late October.
There are hundreds of other trees which have attractive blossom, foliage or berries which make the arboretum well worth a visit at any time of the year!
The Dendrology Stone at the centre of the Autumn Garden displays the Dendrology Award, which was presented to Queenswood Arboretum in 1981 by the International Dendrology Society in recognition of the quality of the collection of trees.

Queenswood access and trails

There are a selection of paths around the Country Park which follow easy access stone or woodchip surfaced paths.
There are three waymarked trails of differing lengths. The Badger Trail (approx 1 mile/30 mins), The Fox Trail (approx 1.5 miles/45 mins) and the Deer trail (approx 2.5 miles/1 hour 15 mins).
As the Country Park is naturally situated at the top of a hill even the shorter Badger Trail route includes some slopes however, all routes have benches situated at various points.
There is also an Electric Mobility Vehicle Trail which follows only the stone-surfaced easy access paths and would also be a good route to follow with wheelchairs and pushchairs.

Animals of the Forest sculpture trail

If you go down to the woods today…
Hidden amongst the trees and shrubs at Queenswood are seven sculptures of forest animals. Reflecting the diverse character and origins of the trees in the arboretum, the animals come from around the world. A Black Bear from the American Pacific Redwood forests, a stately Eagle Owl from the dark pine forests of Scandanavia, and, from closer to home, a family of Badgers, a playful pair of Pine Martens, a Dormouse, a roosting Lesser-horseshoe Bat and, soaring overhead, a majestic Buzzard.
The sculptures have been created by local chainsaw carvers Steve Elsby and Harry Thomas from a variety of locally-sourced wood.

Queenswood Information Centre and National Trust Shop

This facility is a partnership between Herefordshire Council and the National Trust.
The shop has a wide range of books, gifts, cards and plants, and provides information about National Trust properties in the County.
The shop also provides “front of house” for Queenswood Country Park and Arboretum, providing information about the Park, selling maps, trail guides and leaflets and managing the Electric Mobility Vehicle Hire (available Spring and Summer only); as well as a small Tourist Information Point.

Spring/Summer Opening Hours:
Mondays to Sunday – 10am to 5pm

For more information please call 01568 797853

Walking in England Free Walks to download and print

If you are coming to Herefordshire to walk you must follow the link to www.walkinginengland.co.uk  If you then click on Herefordshire you can down load a t least a dozen free walks from 2 to 8 miles  in Ross and around Ross on Wye, Ledbury, Leominster and Hereford . Do take a look its fantastic. If you are coming to stay at Wilton Court we will be happy to print of maps during your visit

Events in Herefordshire September 2012

Plenty of reasons to visit 

Bromyard Folk Festival

Dates: 7th September 2012 – 9th September 2012
Times: 8pm Friday 7th to late afternoon Sunday 9th Sept.
Venue: Bromyard Folk Festival, Broadbridge, Bromyard  HR7 4NT

Contact

The Organisers
info@bromyardfolkfestival.co.uk
0777 283 1860 (24 hrs)
www.bromyard-folk-festival.org.uk

Description

The best folk festival/cultural event in the Welsh Border area – featuring over 170 hours of entertainment in just one weekend of traditional music, song and dance.    Some of the most outstanding local, national and international traditional folk festival musicians performing in concert, ceilidhs and displays.

Most of the main concerts, ceilidhs and workshops are held in marquees at the Broadbridge site. We also use The Falcon Hotel, The Hop Pole Hotel and Bromyard Town Football Club.

The festival starts on Friday at 8.00 pm with a concert, a grand ceilidh and a ‘folk club’ on site with a Morris procession through the town at 9.00 pm. The evening concludes with a late night song session at 11.45 pm. Saturday morning is taken up with various workshops, singarounds, meet-the-artist sessions, concerts and dance displays. In the evening you will be able to choose from two concerts, a ceilidh, a musical variety concert, plus a late night club session – all on site. Workshops for dedicated dancers will be held all day.  Sunday morning has a similar pattern to Saturday plus the popular Folk Services in local churches. Sunday afternoon features a song concert and a grand ceilidh. A variety of children’s events are held during the day on Saturday and Sunday. There will be Morris and other dance displays throughout the weekend – in the town and on site.

h.Art Week

Dates: 8th September 2012 – 16th September 2012
Times: Various
Venue: County wide, HR4 9BW

Contact

Leoni Linton
leonilinton-h.art@hotmail.co.uk
01432 261818
www.h-art.org.uk

Description

Herefordshire’s Open Studios 11th event, giving visitors exclusive access to artists’ studios, workshops and special exhibitions..

h.Art, Herefordshire Art Week, is an annual showcase aimed at promoting the large number and wide variety of artists and craftmakers working in the region. both within the local community and to visitors from the region and across the UK with the specific intention of increasing sales of work.

Pricing

Free

Herefordshire Historic Churches Trust Ride & Stride

Dates: 8th September 2012
Times:
Venue: HR4 9BW

Contact

Ben Sladen or Kevin Hewison
sladen@aulden.plus.com or kevinhewison@btopenworld.com
http://www.herefordhistoricchurchestrust.org.uk/ride.php

Description

Have a fun day out visiting churches and chapels by bike, horse or on foot, getting as many sponsors as you can.

Cycle or walk around the churches of Herefordshire and raise money for the Church or Chapel of your choice and the Herefordshire Historic Churches Trust  (non-denominational). A day out in the countryside – around Hereford City or our  market towns. Choose your own route – Go at your own pace.

Money goes towards vital funds to save Herefordshire churches for future generations.

Kington Horse Show & Agricultural Society

Dates: 8th September 2012 – 8th September 2012
Times: 9am-6pm
Venue: THE OVALS FARM, KINGTON, HEREFORDSHIRE, HR5 3LN

Contact

Organisers
info@kingtonshow.co.uk.
01432 850444
www.kingtonshow.co.uk

Description

Kington Show is a traditional agricultural show with Horse, Cattle, Sheep and Poultry classes culminating with a Grand Parade of Livestock. There will be Dog and Horticultural classes together with Young Farmers and Shearing competitions.  There will be something for everyone, even an after show dance.  The Carcase Competition has been a huge success with many of the carcases being auctioned for sale later on in the day, and there will be someone on hand to butcher the carcase into smaller joints.

There will be nearly 200 trade stands at the event, with many local producers, arts and crafts, food, tools, toys, clothes, tractors, you name it, it’ll be there!

FREE PARKING

Pricing

ENTRY FEES: £10 adults, £8 pensioners, £5 10-16 year olds, children up to 10 years free

 

Hay Fayre

Dates: 15th September 2012 – 16th September 2012
Times: 10am – late
Venue: The Globe at Hay Newport Street, Hay on Wye Hereford HR3 5BG

Contact

Enquiries
events@hayfayre.co.uk
01497 821762
www.hayfayre.org

Description

Festival Tents

“Organised by the same team that brought you ‘How The Light Gets In’, comes Hay Fayre. Whatever you’re after; Craft fair? Food market? Festival? We’ll have a bit of all three!

Hay Fayre is an exciting and unique series of events launching in the summer of 2012. It challenges the notion of the traditional fair with a flavour of the extraordinary.

Hay Fayre finds its home at The Globe, a prestigious café and arts venue in the quaint market town of Hay-on-Wye. Stood in the beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park and internationally renowned for its literary and philosophy festivals, the town wins the hearts of all who visit. Summer months see thousands of tourists passing through, keen to experience the unique shopping and rich culture, to which Hay Fayre will undoubtedly contribute.

Doors open at 10am for shoppers, browsers and curiosity seekers. Free live acoustic music begins at lunchtime through until the evening, when the Saturday Sessions in the main globe take place. The colourful Acoustic Tent won’t be getting much rest. Drop by and check out our riotous, rolling day-to-night programme of music, comedy, spoken work and talks – there’s a bit of everything in the mix and much of it free. A mini-festival of its own

The Battle of Mortimer’s Cross (1461)

Dates: 15th September 2012 – 16th September 2012
Times: 11:00am and 5:00pm
Venue: Hampton Court Estate, Hope-Under-Dinmore, Leominster, Herefordshire HR6 0PN

Contact

Organisers
www.mortimerscross.co.uk

Description

The Battle of Mortimer’s Cross on February 2nd, 1461 at Mortimer’s Cross Edward Earl of March gave battle to Owen Tudor in what became a pivotal battle in the ongoing “Wars of the Roses” campaign between the houses of York and Lancaster.

Join us at Hampton Court Castle as we re-enact this battle. Re-enactment groups and traders from all over the Country will be in attendance. Wander through the Living History Encampment, see the soldiers and camp followers as they prepare for battle.

Listen to medieval music and watch the medieval dancers (join in if you wish!), visit the Barber Surgeon if you dare! Take aim on our archery range and generally immerse yourselves in 15th Century life.

Pricing

See website for various prices

Wildflower Wonders of the World lecture with Herefordshire Nature Trust

Dates: 15th September 2012
Times: 7.30pm to 9.00pm
Venue: Whitecross School, Three Elms Road, Hereford, HR4 0RN.

Contact

Stas Calder Herefordshire Nature Trust
s.calder@herefordshirewt.co.uk
01432 356872
www.herefordshirewt.org

Description

To celebrate its 50th anniversary, Herefordshire Nature Trust is convening an illustrated lecture by the established wildlife photographer and author Dr Bob Gibbons who will be showcasing his work on ‘Wildflower Wonders of the World’.  It will include breathtaking pictures of numerous flower rich sites from across the globe.

Dr Bob Gibbons is a freelance author, lecturer and tour leader.  His natural history tour guide visits Europe, South America & South Africa and he has written over 35 books including traveller’s guides on European Wildlife.  His photography has been used within numerous wildlife magazines and publications.

Light refreshments will be made available.

To book a place, please get in contact.

Pricing

Tickets are £8.00 for Trust members and £10.00 for non-members

Bowlympic Games for 2012′ with Bowjangles

Dates: 16th September 2012
Times: Venue open from 4pm, performance starts at 7pm
Venue: Lyde Court,  Hereford HR1 3AE

Contact

enquiries@lydecourt.com
01432 357753
www.lydecourt.com

Description

Bowjangles combine fiery musicianship with energetic dance moves, Vaudeville comedy and four part harmony singing in a dazzling stage show which will leave you spellbound. This stunning act harks back to the good old days, when entertainment talent was truly multidimensional. Every member of the quartet has a rare ability to engage with the audience whilst using movement to express themselves when playing. You just won’t believe what this four piece are capable of!

Come and experience it for yourself.

The Venue will be open from 4pm serving a selection of wine, local cider, ales and soft drinks, along with stone baked Pizzas  cooked to order.

Bowjangles will perform the Bowlympic Games at 7pm.

Casa Mama’s Pizzas will be prepared on site and cooked in her wood-fired oven. A delicious Tiramisu dessert will follow.

Pricing

Tickets:  Adult – £8.00   Child – £5.00   Family – £25.00

Kington Walks

Dates: 21st September 2012 – 24th September 2012
Times:
Venue: HR5 3BQ

Contact

info@kingtonwalks.org
www.kingtonwalks.org

Description

The inaugural Kington Walking Festival

With over 20 walks for all abilities and ages and a programme of related talks and films, the Kington Walks festival is a four day event based in this handsome market town in the Welsh Marches.  From full day treks to ambles and strolls, there are walks to suit all ages and abilities.  And it’s not a hard slog:  you’ll find themed walks for families, foodies, scientiests, historians, natural historians, geographers.

Besides walking, the town is a superb hub from which to visit a host of local attractions and discover the diversity, rich history and beauty of the Marcher landscape.

 

Sub Circus Festival

Dates: 22nd September 2012 – 24th September 2012
Times:
Venue: Herefordshire

Contact

The Organisers
info@subcircus.co.uk
07858 261 079
www.subcircus.co.uk

Description

A brand new intimate boutique festival, showcasing a circus of sounds, from gypsy swing, house and dub, to reggae, samba and funk. Brimming over with dancing,debauchery and magic.

Small but perfectly formed, the Sub Circus Festival is a creative celebration of music and art, inviting guests into a fully immersive environment, to discover new music, friendships and fantasies.

There will be a carefully curated line-up of the most eclectic and diverse music the UK has to offer, as well as an impressive programme of entertainment and interactive live art performances. From Badger Badger, a creative
collective usually found doing their thing in the woodlands of Secret Garden Party and Glade, to the dubtastic Reggae Roast- the UK’s most vibrant reggae collective and the legendary resident DJ’s Cerca Trova, London’s most clandestine house and electro night.

 

Facebook: facebook.com/SubCircusFestival

Event Page: facebook.com/events/362164733845423

Early Bird Tickets £30: http://subcircus.co.uk/buy-tickets/

- This is an 18+ event.

- Ticket includes weekend camping.

- Location will be revealed on ticket purchase.

We look forward to seeing you!!! Please follow us @Subcircustweets and check our website for details.

Catering to a mere 500 guests, Sub Circus is proud to be going back to the roots of festival culture. With no sponsors or corporate branding, this enables the festival organisers to make every guest feel special, and give them the space to dance like no one is watching.

This intimate festival is set to create a unique experience, with a weekend of pure unadulterated mischief and fun, where anything is possible and nothing is quite what it seems.

Pricing

Tickets:

Early Bird Tickets are only £30 + Booking Fee.

The Wizards & Cloisters Picnic

Dates: 23rd September 2012
Times: 12:00 – 4pm
Venue: Castle Green, Hereford HR1 2NX

Contact

City Events Manager
scallaghan@herefordshire.gov.uk
07837 641857

Description

A great day out for all the family including: Competitions with Sunshine Radio, Games, Fancy Dress, Face Painting, Wizard Wonky with magic shows and  much, much more.

Pricing

FREE

Ross-on-Wye Walking Festival

Dates: 28th September 2012 – 30th September 2012
Times: Various
Venue: Market House Visitor Centre, Ross-on-Wye sHR9 5BZ

Contact

Information
visitorcentreross@herefordshire.gov.uk or rosswalkersarewelcome@talktalk.net
01989 562768
www.ross-on-wyewalkersarewelcome.co.uk

Description

A weekend of walking in the glorious countryside in and around Ross-on-Wye.  Three walks on Friday and five each day on Saturday & Sunday.   There is something to suit everyone.

Pricing

£3.00 per walk non-refundable booking fee, except the foodie walk on Friday 28th

Guild of Herefordshire Craftsmen

Dates: 29th September 2012 – 30th September 2012
Times: 10am to 5.30pm
Venue: Three Counties Showground, Malvern, Worcs.  WR13 6NW

Contact

Alison Payne
01432 769543
www.herefordcraftguild.org.uk

Description

Autumn Show at the Three Counties Showground, Malvern. Leatherwork, mirrors, photography, furniture, wooden artefacts, pottery, textiles and much more.

Malvern Autumn Show – Three Counties Showground

Dates: 29th September 2012 – 30th September 2012
Times: Opening times – 9am – 6pm
Venue: The Three Counties Showground, Malvern WR13 6NW

Contact

Organisers
01684 584924
www.threecountiesonline.co.uk

Description

The Malvern Autumn Show is a true celebration of food, the countryside, gardening and nostalgia. After a long year there’s nothing better than enjoying the fruits of the wonderful season. A show for food and gardening lovers, the event hosts a range of cookery demonstrations, gardening talks, vegetable displays, vintage tractors, crafts and more. Families and Friends can enjoy a day out to remember.

This year organisers are very excited to announce that brilliant Jean-Christophe Novelli will be joining them for both days of the show cooking up some delicious dishes and offering top tips and advice.

Don’t miss out on coming up close and personal with this fantastic chef.

Pricing

See website for various prices

Explore North Herefordshire Mortimer Country

Quietest land under the sun’ Housman.”
Where will you find us? In north western Herefordshire, close to the Shropshire Hills AONB and the Radnor Hills of the Welsh Marches. Deeply rural with breathtaking countryside, of rolling hills, ancient woods, forests and water meadows. The rivers, Teme (a SSSI), Clun and Lugg are prominent features of the landscape. Historically a land of political history and intrigue, dominated by the rich estates, offices of power and profit bestowed upon the Mortimer Marcher Lords of Wigmore, Harleys of Brampton Bryan and Crofts of Croft Castle.

Some of the place names of our picturesque villages and hamlets are lost in the mist of time. Many were thriving medieval townships with bustling markets, minstrels, traders and medieval malarkey. Such a place was Wigmore, to be found nestling under the imposing castle and church.

Wigmore Basin, once a glacial lake, can be seen from Wigmore Castle. To the left of the basin Wigmore Abbey can be glimpsed and the spire of Downton church.

Surrounding the basin are the hamlets of Leinthall Starkes, Elton, Pipe Aston and Burrington, all easily explored on bike. The hills in the far distance are Mortimer Forest and Bringewood Chase: beyond is Ludlow.

Marcher Country
Rising behind the villages of Lingen, Aymestrey and Adforton can be found ancient woods and meadows, green lanes and the tiny hamlets with evocative sounding names – Lye, Deerfold, Cruckmullen and Cross of the Tree. From Lower Willey and Combe the hills rise into Wales and Offa’s Dyke.

When the days lengthen a profusion of wood anemones, bluebells and ramsons (wild garlic) are to be found on woodland walks; pied flycatcher, redstart, and cuckoo return. As in medieval times, the woods and forests are the habitat of elusive roe deer. Butterflies and moths can be found in profusion along byways and woodland glades and overhead red kite.

Brampton Bryan, a small village with black and white cottages set around the village green. An ancient yew hedge surrounds the hall and ruined castle. A little upstream and across the River Teme, set in the Shropshire Hills AONB is Bucknell, with a railway halt for the Heart of Wales line.

Something new to find and explore every season of the year
Leintwardine, set on the confluence of the rivers Teme and Clun and once a Roman trading post, still bustles with the life of a vibrant rural community. Leintwardine offers a choice of places to eat and the taste of real ales, ciders and perries.

Sitting very quietly beside one of the rivers it is not unusual to see dipper, kingfisher, sand martins, goosander and little egret. At the right time of the day and year you might be lucky to spot otters. Walking the Teme upstream to Walford and Buckton and the Clun to Clungunford you may possibly see osprey and marsh harrier, following the rivers on their spring and autumn migratory route.

After crossing the river Lugg at Aymestrey (surrounded by limestone double scarp features rich in fossils), Shobdon, with its ‘Strawberry Hill’ Gothick church, set in stunning parkland and Kingsland are both thriving villages. Croft Castle and Croft Ambrey Iron Age Fort, parkland and estate has glorious views into Wales, Shropshire and Herefordshire.

From Croft the Mortimer Trail leads east to Richards Castle and Ludlow. From early summer to late autumn, festivals, village fetes and celebratory events flourish – this is where you will find the heart of Mortimer Country. Foe further details please visit www.exploremortimercountry.com