HEREFORD & WORCESTER

Herefordshire and Worcestershire are a couple of the quintessential English counties.

A walk along the Malvern Hills between the Worcestershire Beacon and Herefordshire Beacon should prove envigorating. On top of the Herefordshire Beacon are the ditches and fortifications of an iron age settlement.

There's the scenic steam-powered Severn Valley Railway, while the Vale of Evesham is famous for its fruit growing and full of blossom in Spring.

Sir Edward Elgar was born in Broadheath (near Worcester) and there's a museum commemorating his life in the old house.

Also near Worcester is Witley Court. Although ruined, this 19th century country house is a treat, along with peaceful woodlands and landscaped grounds in which to stroll.

Close to Ross-on-Wye is Goodrich Castle, built between the 12th and 14th centuries on a rocky outcrop. Lastly, there's a working 18th century water mill at Mortimer's Cross near Leominster.

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