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Five reasons to go glamping in Herefordshire

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Glamping has become increasingly popular over the last few years, and as staycations are on the rise, many more people are looking for quality glamping holidays.

Herefordshire is a beautiful county in the west of England, around three hours from London, that borders Wales. It is known for its miles of beautiful countryside, many cider farms and the famous Hereford breed of cow. Herefordshire is also famous for having two areas of outstanding natural beauty, these are the Wye Valley and the Malvern Hills, both stunning places to visit. The river Wye runs through Herefordshire, taking in both the county town of Hereford, and Hay-on-Wye, the town most famous for its annual book festival.

Glamping has become increasingly popular over the last few years, and as staycations are on the rise, many more people are looking for quality glamping holidays, such as those offered by White House on Wye Glamping which is based in Herefordshire. Glamping is camping for the 21st century, gone are the days of sleeping on a cold, half deflated air bed, with glamping you get a comfortable bed, warm blankets, a heater and all the creature comforts you could possibly need, whilst still being submerged in nature. Glamping normally takes place in a yurt, tepee, treehouse, converted shepherd huts and many more variations, they often include hot tubs, and most importantly, showers and a flushing toilet.

So why should you go glamping in Herefordshire? Well, here you will find five reasons:

The beauty
Come to Herefordshire, and you’ll never want to leave. It is one of the least populated of the English counties, and there are miles of rolling hills to admire. There are so many activities to do that will let you take in the views, including horse riding, cycling, canoeing and many more ways to experience this wonderful county.

The Forest of Dean is just over the border into Gloucestershire, and is another beautiful place to spend a day. The British countryside is world renowned for its beauty, and Herefordshire is up there with one of the most beautiful of the beautiful.

The history and the culture
Herefordshire is full of history, and has many castles to explore, including Longtown Castle, Goodrich Castle, Hampton Court Castle (different to the London palace of the same name!), Ludlow Castle, Pembridge Castle and many more. If exploring castles is your thing – Herefordshire is for you!

Herefordshire is also famous for its black and white villages, of which you can take a self-guided, circular tour of around forty miles. These villages are full of the traditional Tudor oak-framed houses, which have been standing for many hundreds of years. Each village has plenty to explore, and there are pubs and tea-rooms along the way to keep your energy up. Hereford cathedral is also worth a visit, built sometime in the eleventh century, you can easily while away an afternoon taking in the architecture and the treasures held within the walls of the cathedral.

There are also several museums and art galleries throughout Herefordshire, from the Herefordshire Museum and Art Gallery to the Hereford Cider Museum, there really is something for everyone.

The food
Herefordshire is famous for its produce, and for its cider farms. Hereford cattle, one of the oldest British bovine breeds produce excellent beef, which can be found on menus across the county. There are many dairies producing high quality, local cheeses, and also butter and cream. Being one of the largest agricultural counties, there is plenty of room to graze animals, and to grow produce.

Food in Herefordshire eateries usually consists of many local ingredients, this means food airmiles have been reduced, and the money you spend is being put back into the local economy. Herefordshire has long been synonymous with cider, and is one of the biggest cider producing counties, along with Devon and Somerset, and there are several cider farms and museums scattered throughout this wonderful county.

If cider isn’t your thing there are also a few breweries as well, but if you’re coming to Herefordshire, you really should try the cider, or the perry, you’ll be converted!

The peace
Herefordshire, as mentioned, is one of the largest agricultural counties, and one of the least populated. It has some beautiful towns, including Hereford, Leominster and Ross-on-Wye to name just a few, but you are never far from the glorious English countryside. There is peace and quiet to be found here, away from the hustle and bustle of the daily grind.

Glamping is the perfect way to enjoy this, you get to have the comforts of everyday life, and still wake up to the sounds of birds and nature around you – a contrast to busy city life, and a balm to the soul.

The festivals
Herefordshire has many events throughout the year, there’s something for everyone. The Hay-on-Wye book festival, known as the HayFestival is one of the more famous events held here, and Hay-on-Wye goes from being a sleepy town to one buzzing with life and activity during HayFestival week.

There’s also the Ross on Wye Beer Festival, the Bromyard Folk Festival, the Herefordshire Walking Festival and many others.

Herefordshire is a wonderful place to visit for these five reasons, and for many others not mentioned here. The best way to experience Herefordshire is to go glamping, get back to nature without sacrificing your comfort (or showers)!

Herefordshire has excellent transport links, with trains direct from Birmingham, Manchester and London. There are train stations in Hereford, Colwall, Ledbury and Leominster. The road network also links easily to the rest of the UK, being three hours from London and about ninety minutes from Birmingham, so either driving here yourself is an option, or there are coach services from most major cities.

There are airports in London, Birmingham, Cardiff and Bristol, so getting here has never been easier! Within Herefordshire itself, there are regular buses between towns.

Staycations are becoming more and more popular, and for good reason, this country has so much to offer, whilst reducing your air miles, and supporting the local economy. If you’re thinking of holidaying within the UK – choose Herefordshire, and choose glamping!

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