Black & White Villages

A triangle of Tudor England survives almost untouched in northwest Herefordshire, where higgledy-piggledy black-and-white houses cluster around idyllic village greens, seemingly oblivious to the modern world. A delightful 40-mile circular drive follows the Black and White Village Trail (www.blackandwhitetrail.org), meandering past the most handsome timber-framed buildings. It starts at Leominster and loops round through Eardisland and Kington, the southern terminus of the 30-mile way-marked Mortimer Trail footpath from Ludlow.

Pick up guides to exploring the villages by car, bus or bicycle at tourist offices.

Golden Valley

Nudging the foot of the Black Mountains, this lush valley was made famous by children's author CS Lewis, of Narnia acclaim.

Following the meandering River Dore, the valley is peppered with historic relics, including Arthur's Stone, a 5000-year-old Neolithic dolmen (chamber-tomb) near the village of Dorstone, and the handsome 12th-century Dore Abbey in the appropriately named village of Abbey Dore. There are no direct buses, so you'll need your own transport.

For accommodation and dining ideas, visit www.herefordholidays.co.uk.

Herefordshire Cider Route

The Herefordshire Cider Route (www.ciderroute.co.uk) drops in on numerous local cider producers, where you can try before you buy, and then totter off to the next cidery. Mindful of road safety, tourist offices have maps and guide booklets to help you explore by bus or bicycle.