Monkland Cheese Dairy (HR6 9DB, 4 miles) www.monklandcheesedairy.co.uk
Monkland Cheese Dairy is a working dairy producing local, artisan cheeses. It is well signposted off the A44 on the Brecon road just outside Leominster and just a hundred yards off the main road. There is plenty of parking, lovely gardens and an award winning Tea Room for excellent coffee, proper leaf tea, homemade cakes and light lunches. The farm shop sells local products and other nice things to eat and drink and from the cheese counter you can buy not only their cheese but lots of others as well but predominantly British cheese.
Croft Castle and Parkland (HR6 9PW, 5 miles) www.nationaltrust.org.uk/croft-castle
Croft Castle is a manor house and associated buildings near the villages of Yarpole and Kingsland in Herefordshire, England some 7 km to the north-west of Leominster. The buildings and parkland are owned by the National Trust which also manages Croft Ambrey, an iron age hill fort.
The Mortimer Trail, a 30 mile long-distance footpath from Ludlow to Kington, passes nearby and you can find out more here.
Berrington Hall (HR6 0DW, 8 miles) www.nationaltrust.org.uk/berrington-hall
The hall is one of the few masterpieces of the famous architect, Henry Holland, to survive intact. As well as exploring the family rooms and walking in the servants' footsteps, you can now view a varied collection of Georgian costumes throughout the year. Don't miss taking a walk through one of Capability Brown's final landscapes on one of the three way-marked estate walks and relax by the lake or in the gardens.
Weobley (HR4 8SA, 9 miles) www.weobley.org
In mediaeval times Weobley was a flourishing market town whose wealth came from wool, known locally as Leominster Ore. It was also noted for ale, glove and nail making. Weobley’s fortunes waxed and waned over the years and with no railway or canal, the industrial revolution passed Weobley by. This led to great poverty. However, it left a legacy of beautiful timber framed houses, many of which still stand. Today Weobley is at the heart of a thriving agricultural industry. Close to Weobley are two further "black & white" villages, namely Pembridge and Eardisland which are also well worth a visit.
Offa's Dyke Trail (LD8 2PR, 12 miles) www.nationaltrail.co.uk/offas-dyke-path
Offa’s Dyke Path is a 177 mile (285 Km) long walking trail. It is named after, and often follows, the spectacular Dyke King Offa ordered to be constructed in the 8th century, probably to divide his Kingdom of Mercia from rival kingdoms in what is now Wales. The Trail, which was opened in the summer of 1971, links Sedbury Cliffs near Chepstow on the banks of the Severn estuary with the coastal town of Prestatyn on the shores of the Irish sea.
Small Breeds Farm Park & Owl Centre (HR5 3HF, 12 miles) www.owlcentre.com
Enjoy viewing an extensive collection of owls from all over the world in an intimate garden setting with the possibility of viewing the entertaining antics of the red squirrels. There is also a place to explore and interact with a superb collection of friendly and unusual rare breed animals including miniature horses, donkeys, Zebu, pygmy goats and many more. View some of the worlds most delightful ducks, geese and swans from a raised boardwalk which spans the landscaped enclosure.
Ludlow (SY8 1AY, 12 miles) www.ludlow.org.uk
Ludlow is a thriving medieval market town and an architectural gem with a lively community feel, busy with events and festivals throughout the year. The historic town centre is situated on a cliff above the River Teme and is surrounded by the unspoilt and beautiful countryside of south Shropshire and the Welsh Marches. Ludlow has many excellent walking and cycling opportunities right on its doorstep. Ludlow and the surrounding has acquired an excellent reputation for the quality of its food and drink with many excellent restaurants and cafes encouraged by the areas abundance of quality food and drink producers.
Brockhampton Estate (WR6 5TB, 19 miles) www.nationaltrust.org.uk/brockhampton-estate
At the heart of this 687-hectare (1,700-acre) farmed estate lies Lower Brockhampton, a romantic timber-framed manor house dating back to the late 14th century. The house is surrounded by a moat and is entered via a charming timber-framed gatehouse, built 1530-40. There are miles of walks through the park and woodland, featuring ancient trees, the picturesque Lawn Pool and various sculptures depicting parts of the history of Brockhampton and the local area.