Within comfortable range of Hereford are many towns of historic interest and villages renowned for their beauty, many mediaeval castles and churches that attract antiquarians, many fair Tudor mansions and much fine scenery. The places briefly described below are, most of them, within cycling distance of the city, and also accessible by rail or motorbus. (This section takes no account of places in the Wye Valley mentioned elsewhere in this booklet.)

Leominster, due north of Hereford on the main road to Ludlow and Shrewsbury, has a noble Priory Church, an exquisite half-timbered Butter Cross, and many " magpie " houses. The church has three naves of different dates and is distinguished by very rich ball-flower ornamentation. To west of Leominster, towards the Welsh Border, are three very beautiful villages of half-timbered houses : Eardisland, with a mediaeval dovecot ; Pembridge, where the church has a detached wooded tower of quaint aspect ; and, nearer Hereford, Weobley, loveliest of all. Just over the Welsh border in this direction are Presteigne, which has a beautiful old inn, the " Radnorshire Arms " ; Old Radnor, with one of the handsomest Perpendicular churches in Wales ; and New Radnor, picturesquely placed at the foot of the great moorland plateau known as Radnor Forest.

The main road (A465) from Hereford to Abergavenny has several offshoots of great importance to the sightseer. From St. Devereux a by-road leads to left for Kilpeck, where may be seen one of the most perfect late-Norman churches in existence.

From Pontrilas, half-way to Abergavenny, lanes lead westwards to Rowlstone (Norman church) ; northwards to Ewyas Harold (castle site and thirteenth-century church) and Abbey Dore (very beautiful late-Transitional church) ; and southwards to Grosmont (thirteenth-century castle ruins and church of same period) and Kentchurch Court (Glyndwr associations). The road past the latter continues down the very pretty Monnow valley, through Garway, where one may see a highly interesting church and a mediaeval dovecot. Near Garway, at Skenfrith, is another thirteenth-century castle (see p. 64).

From Llanvihangel Crucorney, another point on A465, one may ascend the beautiful Honddu valley, in the heart of the Black Mountains, to Llanthony, where are extensive ruins, mostly Transitional, of a twelfth-century Augustinian priory church, and monastic buildings partly incorporated in a modern hotel. Higher up the dale is the " Abbey " founded by the notorious " Father Ignatius."

Ledbury, reached via pretty Stoke Edith, lies to west of the Malvern Hills. Its notable features include a church, Norman to Perpendicular, with a detached tower, and near it a lane of beautiful old houses ; a quaint Market Hall of Stuart date, raised on timber pillars ; and a fine half-timbered hostelry, the " Feathers." From the " Trumpet " inn, passed on the way to Ledbury, a road leads south-eastwards to Dymock and Newent, the principal towns of the fertile Ryeland district, an area noted for its orchards and for the profusion of daffodils growing there in spring. In the church of Kempley, near Dymock, are some very early wall-paintings.

The Forest of Dean is more easily reached from Ross than Hereford, but a good run may be enjoyed through it from the latter, by way of Fownhope, Old Gore, Crow Hill, Mitcheldean, Flaxley Abbey and Newnham (on the Severn) ; returning via Little Dean, Cinderford, Nailbridge, Ruardean, Kerne Bridge, Goodrich (for Castle) and Ross.

Motorists may enjoy delightful day-trips from Hereford to Malvern, Worcester and the Shakespeare Country ; to Tewkesbury, Gloucester, Cheltenham and many charming towns and villages on the Cotswolds and in the Vale of Eveshzm ; to Ludlow and various beauty-spots of the Shropshire borderland and the Teme Valley ; to Abergavenny and the Vale of Usk, and to Brecon by any of several routes.