Herefordshire is full of secret spots. It's a county that doesn’t get the numbers of tourists that other counties in the UK get.
Living there means we get to go out and enjoy some of these secret places and a few weeks ago we did just that.
Queenswood Country Park
Although Queenswood Country Park is relatively well known, there are places off the paths that only the locals know. One such place is the reading seat. Intended for a family storytelling stop in a natural fairytale style glen, it's hidden amongst the trees and could easily be missed. After you’ve enjoyed its secret spot, you can head over to the cafe for hot drinks and snacks as we usually do. Or do it the other way round and take a picnic there.
A hop and a skip from Queenswood is Wynne's of Dinmore, which is a relatively new country store and tea room. We spent a very sunny afternoon up there recently. Wynne's is at the top of Dinmore Hill and therefore the views across the paddocks are amazing. Visitors will be enchanted by the variety of of animals and poultry to see or buy. From pretty little hens, rabbits and guinea pigs through to miniature goats and pigs as well as llamas, alpacas and ponies. After we'd had a good look around, we had a cup of tea in some quirky china and a piece of cake. It was a lovely end to our visit.
If you are into views then within spitting distance of Queenswood is Westhope Common. A perfect place for a wild picnic (there are no benches there), the views looking in every direction are amazing. Looking one way is the view of the whole of North Herefordshire spread out in front of you. In another direction on a clear day you can see the Welsh Black Mountains and Hay Bluff. In yet another direction, the Malvern Hills stand proudly on the horizon. We love the walk up there from the village hall, however if you don’t fancy walking three miles each way, then you can always drive.
Treasure Trails often take you to secret spots and the Leominster Spy Mission and Leominster Murder Mystery Trails are no exception. They might not stay secret for long though as Leominster was named as one of the best places to live according to the Sunday Times this week. Do you know of any secret spots where you live? We’d love to hear about them.
Amanda Ingham 14th March 2017