Herefordshire has plenty to offer anyone keen on fresh air. There are more miles of footpaths in Herefordshire than roads. You can see the ridge of Crib-y-Garth – better known as the Cat’s Back – from Midland Farm, so probably no better place to take a stroll.
One of the great attractions for many visitors to the area. There are several companies that hire kayaks or canoes and also offer lessons and trip out for the inexperienced family. A wonderful day out for lovers of wildlife too, as the Wye is home to many species of birds and mammals including otters.
The Wye Valley Canoe Centre: Tel: 01497 847213
Left Bank Canoe Hire: Tel: 01432 264 807
Want To Canoe? Tel: 01497 820604
A wonderful way of exploring the spectacular Herefordshire countryside. There are many trekking centres in and around this area that cater for riders of all levels of ability.
We thoroughly recommend Bryngwyn Riding Centre, which at 1200ft offers spectacular trekking on the Welsh moors.
Call them on 01479 851 669. The centre is about 25 mins drive, near Hay on Wye.
Not your average dull ruin, but a jewel with a violent history. A great drive to Hay-on-Wye and then onward for about 10 miles over the Black mountains on a well surfaced single track road.
Picnic in the priory grounds and then a climb up the spectacular backdrop of the Ewyas Vale (on a well signposted track), with great views looking down over the priory. It is open all year round, entry is free and there is a car park. The Priory is a hidden gem that is a photographer’s dream with strong lines and shadows.
You can find out more about the priory at http://www.breconbeacons.org/llanthony-priory
Only 15 mins drive from Midland Farm, this is a lovely spot for some gentle wild swimming to cool off near the grand old Bredwardine brick bridge, with a gravel river beach on one side.
Usually the Wye here in summer is slow and cooling. There is a deeper part nearer the bridge on the beach side of the river. You can often walk across the river to the other side on the gravel. But watch out if it has been raining, even in the summer months.
You can also swim upriver from the beach to the wide concrete shelf at the foot of the central bridge support and dive back in. Park just east of the bridge opposite Brobury House Gardens and walk over the bridge.
Another one for the family, Brecon Park Boats do a day hire of electric boats – perfect for exploring the canal network round Brecon. Pack a picnic or enjoy lunch at one of the canal side pubs. You can even bring your dog along for the cruise. You can plan your trip here.
Beacon Park Boats Ltd, The Boathouse, Hillside Road, Llangattock, Powys, NP8 1EQ
Tel: 0800 612 2890 / 07966 461 819
Symonds Yat is a picturesque village which straddles the River Wye in England, famed for its natural river scenery and wooded expanses. Its about six miles from Ross-on-Wye and well worth a visit whilst enjoying your glamping holiday.
Apart from the village and the Wye, in the same area is Symonds Yat Rock, a limestone outcrop rising some 500 feet from the banks of the River Wye.
The Wye winds its way around the outcrop through a deeply wooded gorge; its one of the best-known view points in the Wye Valley and The Royal Forest of Dean. Whilst there, why not enjoy some kayaking or canoeing on the river Wye as well:
Tel: 01600 890027 or 07789 895082
Symonds Yat Canoe Hire:
The Leisure Park, Symonds Yat, Ross On Wye HR9 6DA
Tel: 01600 891069
Food and Drink
So, you’ve worked up a serious appetite? To sate the rumbliest of tummies, we’ve put together a selection of our favourite places to eat in the area. Click here to see more.
After all that frantic activity we recommend taking the weight off your aching feet at The Tram in Eardisley, which is about a 10 minutes drive from the yurt.
It is excellent value with great food and a friendly welcome. It has excellent reviews on Trip Advisor, and we agree!
Best to call and book up ahead of your visit as the locals tend to get in first. The Tram is closed on Mondays, and Sunday evening is drinks only. Enjoy the Butty Bach, which is a local brew. They keep it well, no doubt helped by the high turnover.
The Stagg Inn at Titley was the first pub in England to gain a Michelin star. It provides a relaxed and uplifting dining experience that you would not think the Marches can muster. It is a 15 mins drive from Midland Farm, and is a great evening destination. Sat nav can come in handy to ensure a stress free arrival.
A real treat if you are celebrating or simply pushing the boat out.
Cath Urquhart, Travel Editor of The Times said “You know there’s something special about the place the minute you crest the hill.” Cath is right, its one of our favourite venues. A bit further to travel. Worth it though.
Tel: 01874 620 111
About 35 mins drive.
Old Radnor, Presteigne, Powys, LD8 2RH. Just the other side of Kington.
The Harp is a lovely old Welsh longhouse inn perched on a hilltop overlooking the beautiful Radnor Valley, close to the border. Amazing views.
A traditional pub with big fire, a proper bar and a pub style menu to go with it.
Tel: 01544 350655