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Introducing Ross-on-Wye

Snoozy little Ross-on-Wye, which perches prettily on a red sandstone bluff over a kink in the River Wye, is a placid place to rest before or after exertions in the beautiful countryside that surrounds it. The town sparks to life in mid-August, when the International Festival brings fireworks, raft races, music and street theatre.

The salmon-pink 17th-century Market House sits atop its weathered sandstone columns in the Market Place. It still shelters the small market in a motherly fashion. It contains a Heritage Centre (260675; 10am-5pm Apr-Oct, 10.30am-4pm Mon-Sat Nov-Mar) with local history displays. The tourist office (562768; tic-ross@herefordshire.gov.uk; Edde Cross St; 9am-5pm Mon-Sat) has information on activities and walks.