Explore the glorious Countryside by downloading one of six walking guides below. The walks were created as part of the Growing Green tourism project with Herefordshire Nature Trust.

Dorstone (PDF 10MB)                             Ewyas Harold to Abbeydore (PDF 11MB)

Hardwicke (PDF 10MB)                           Peterchurch (PDF 11MB)

Michaelchurch Escley (PDF 11MB)            Snodhill (PDF 10MB)   

Longtown Castle and Historical village walk                            

Please use the Countryside Code as many fields are currently maternity wards

Enjoy bringing your dog on Holiday following the Dog Walking code



  • Herefordshire Art Week h.Art gives you nine days to access Herefordshire''s Open Studios event, giving you exclusive access to artists'' studios, workshops & exhibitions.
  • The Abergavenny Food Festival is a Gourmet's delight on the 16th & 17th
  • 17th - 20th September Kington Walking Festival 


  • Pye (Gypsy Cob powering the 17th Century Cider mill) will be returning to Fair Oak for another open weekend on (Date tbc). Fair Oak Cider is a ‘limited edition’ made in collaboration with St Margarets Cider Co.  It bears a label featuring an image of Pye driving the mill.



  • Herefordshire Craft Fair
  • Christmas Craft Fair ~ Longtown Village Hall Saturday


  • Want to Celebrate in our beautiful local churches, look up servies and celebrations for the Black Mountains Benefice here
  • Carols round the Christmas tree, Michaelchurch Pavillion
  • Carols around Village Christmas tree in Ewyas Harold


  • Meet the New Year in with a brisk walk in the mountains setting your priorities for the year ahead in 2018.  If you are lucky you may wake up to snow covered fields that are an inspiration to everyone.


  • Longtown Wassail, There's a torchlit procession to the castle, music, Morris dancing and cider, and a mummers play at the hall later, as well as a bar and hot food.  Collection for the Joy Emmanuel School in Uganda. 2020 date tbc


  • 25th January St Dwynwen's Day, the Welsh patron saint of lovers, we are just over the border in wales and think this day needs celebrating. We have so many specail areas to hold hands when walking or many places for a delicious meal to share with someone special in your life.


  • Join us for our event for Coffee at the Cat's Back, we are offering black mountain roast coffee and encourage you to walk and contemplate. We have been inspired by Mungo to enjoy the day and what better way than Coffee on the Cat's Back.


  • We have a wealth of places to take that someone special in your life, book accommodation & tables early to avoid disappointment for Valentines 14th Feb 


  •  Borderliner Film Festival.  28th February -  15th 2020 The UK's largest rural film festival with more than 200 films showing at around 30 venues throughout Herefordshire and Shropshire




  •  Borderliner Film Festival.  28th February -  15th 2020 The UK's largest rural film festival with more than 200 films showing at around 30 venues throughout Herefordshire and Shropshire




  • Easter Sunday,  Dawn Eucharist on the highest mountain in southern England  Meet at Black Hill Car Park (SO 288328) at 5.20am to the top of the Black Hill

    9.30am Family Service Craswall

    11.00amHoly Communion Clodock


  • Rowlestone Ice Cream Parlour and walks opens for the season on Saturday 13th April weather permitting, please check website for dates and times (Get yourself a family pass and bag a bargain) 




  • Friday 3rd - Monday 6th 2019 Talgarth Walking Festival, The ancient market town of Talgarth is an ideal base for visitors wishing to explore the Brecon Beacons National Park on foot, particularly as it forms the "Gateway to the Black Mountains". We offer visitors a taste of our town and the wonderful walking opportunities we have on our doorstep. We hope that you thoroughly enjoy your experience with us and return to our town in the near future.


  • Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th 2019 National Mills Weekend is a real treat as this provides access to six privately owned mills opened to the public to view and enjoy. Check which one is closest to your accommodation.


  • Saturday 18th May 2019 Big Black Mountain Challenge an annual fund raising event, consists of a choice of three testing walks/runs of 43km, 29km and 16km between them taking in 15 summits over 660m around the breathtaking scenery of the Black Mountains. The event starts and finishes at LLanthony Priory located in the Honddu Valley in the Vale of Ewyas.



  • 25th - 27th May 2019 Ewyas Harold Festival of Arts will hold it's second Arts Festival showcasing and selling the works of local artists, photographers and crafts peopls in Ewyads Harold Memorial Hall, St Michael's Hall, St Michael's Church, the Tample Barn Inn, the Baptist Hall and the Methodist Hall. There are no entrance fees to any of hte exhibitions/events. 






  • The must attend event is the four day Royal Welsh Show everything to see and do from 8am in the morning to 8pm for anyone interested in the Countryside, Arts and Animals.


  •  Llanthony Show will be held on Saturday 5th, founded back in 1961. It is one of the only shows of its kind still, completely organised by local volunteers, with no major corporate sponsorship involved. The Show''s popularity is based on local support on a strictly non-commercial basis.


  • Longtown Show ~ Saturday at Llanwonog Farm  Longtown is a small rural village situated at the foot of the Black Mountains, 14 miles from Abergavenny, 18 miles from Hereford and 15 miles from Hay-on-Wye, famous as a book town and home to the annual literary festival. The show is a traditional country event combining a horse show, dog show, livestock classes, produce, vegtable and handicraft classes, children's and family sports and games, rural craft demonstrations, many more attractions and lots of food and drink.

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Need to stay longer?

Check out the B&B'sself-catering and camping in the area.


Monthly events

Nigel Ward Auctions for those who really want to find treasure in the Golden Valley

If you wish to cycle the Golden Valley, contact Drover Holidays who can deliver cycles to your door and they have electric bikes to help you cope with the Black Mountains.


County Festivals

For a quick guide of festivals in Herefordshire


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