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This is a wonderful little town, situated in rolling countryside, just south of the Malvern Hills. It's most easily recognisable feature is the Tudor Market House. From here you can catch buses to the area around, including frequent services to Gloucester. At the market held underneath the legged structure, I have stumbled upon some wonderful cakes and French pastries (far surpassing what Greggs has on offer nearby).
There is lots of walking to be done in the surrounding area. Within about thirty minutes you can reach Eastnor castle and game park (the site of the Big Chill festival held every year in late July or early August). The journey is a beautiful one, taking you up a steep and rocky path through some woods before being welcomed by green fields and much wildlife. There will be further information available at the tourist information centre.
One absolutely must visit the Prince of Wales pub. If one is facing the Market House from the road, the pub is located up a small lane to the left, behind the building. Here you will find a brilliant selection of local ales and ciders, along with a traditional pub menu, complete with faggots and pies. The staff are brilliant and always on hand with some banter and knowledge of the area. Following the lane up away from the Market Building and you will come across a memorial park that is a lovely place for a sit down, especially after a long day of walking.
The shopping on offer is quaint and fitting for the location. There are butchers offering good value local sausages, many charity shops packed full of bargains (I left with a camping chair for £1!), and a general supply shop full of everything you could need for your tent, travel cooker or caravan.
For all of these reasons I would thoroughly recommend a visit to Ledbury if you find yourself in the area or a looking for a base point for a day of walking. If you are attending the Big Chill festival, a trip to the town will provide you with some respite, a roof, warmth and comfort for a few hours for returning to tents and big-tunes (walk down the road near Stone Gate, and up the road to the right of the church, then follow the path on the left up and through the fields).
Ledbury is a little town on the border of Gloucestershire & Herefordshire. It’s fairly central to the country and so is easy to get to for most people. We went for a weekend at Easter and were really pleasantly surprised. We booked a room at a hotel we found on the internet. Ledbury has at least 12 hotels and B&Bs (if not more) but the Talbot Hotel was the only one we found a reference to. At £45 per night, per room for bed and breakfast it is at the higher end of the price bracket, but it was well worth it. The Talbot is a beautiful hotel, fairly small but the rooms are large. Centrally, it is a pub with rooms upstairs, but is does have a dining room. The staff were really very friendly and helpful and it was a pleasure to stay there. The town itself is really pretty with lots and lots of interesting shops and mews to explore. If you want to get out of the city for a quiet break, you could do an awful lot worse.