Dozing in the midst of apple orchards and rolling pastures at the heart of the Marches, straddling the River Wye, Hereford is best known for prime steaks, cider and the Pretenders.
(13.9 miles). After Welsh marauders torched the original Saxon cathedral, the Norman rulers of Hereford erected a larger, grander cathedral on the same site, which was subsequently remodelled in a succession of medieval architectural styles.
The signature highlight is the magnificent Mappa Mundi , a single piece of calfskin vellum intricately painted with some rather fantastical assumptions about the layout of the globe in around 1290. The same wing contains the world's largest surviving chained library of rare manuscripts manacled to the shelves.Hereford Cider Museum
(14 miles). Displays at this brewery and museum cover cider-making history and you can sample the delicious modern brews. Look for the fine costrels (minibarrels) used by agricultural workers to carry their wages, which were partially paid in cider.Wye Valley
(3.5 miles). The Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is an internationally important protected landscape straddling the border between England and Wales. It is one of the most dramatic and scenic landscape areas in southern Britain.