Hiking Along the Herefordshire Trail

The Herefordshire Trail – which totals 154 miles in length – traverses spectacular countryside, offering walkers views across the county and over the border towards the Brecon Beacons and the Black Mountains in Wales.

One section of the trail passes right by the front door of the Pilgrim Country House Hotel which is owned by ex-Gloucester, England and Lions rugby international Steve Boyle who, having swapped his rugby boots for walking gear can often be seen hiking in the vicinity of the hotel with his trusty Lurcher, Tinks and, occasionally with his guests, entertaining them with tales of his rugby playing days.

The hotel has a traditional, cosy bar serving tasty pub faire or dinner can be enjoyed in the Valley Restaurant which serves dishes prepared using local ingredients by classically-trained chef Deepak Kumar (a member of the British Culinary Federation).

A two-night summer walking break costs from £129 pp. (two sharing) which includes B&B, welcome drink and bar meal on the first evening, a picnic lunch and a three-course dinner on the second day and a snack and a drink for the walk on day three (some rooms are dog friendly so the family pet can also enjoy a weekend away).


Not just pasties on the menu


The Great Cornish Food Festival is the largest event anywhere dedicated 100% to Cornish food and drink and it will take place this year from Friday 25th to Sunday 27th September. 

Known as a melting pot of the talented producers and trail-blazing chefs that have earned the county its reputation as the top UK destination for lovers of good food, this year’s festival is expected to draw a crowd of around 40,000 people to Truro.


With a packed timetable of hands-on master classes, sampling and kids’ activities, and loyal supporter GWR taking the headline sponsor spot for the second year, the Great Cornish Food Festival is a must visit  event, where splendid local food and drink really has its chance to shine. Festival visitors will be treated to an array of demonstrations on everything from filleting fish to the art of curing, great chocolatiers to cocktail creativity, and as always, everything on sale from festival exhibitors will have been produced in Cornwall... Entrance to the Great Cornish Food Festival, which has firmly cemented its place as one of the best loved food events anywhere, is completely free of charge.