A tour of Ledbury

Ledbury is a market town and civil parish in the county of Herefordshire, England, lying east of Hereford, and west of the Malvern hills.

It has a significant number of timber framed structures, in particular along Church Lane and High Street. One of the most outstanding is the Market House, built in 1617, located in the town centre.

Market house, which currently has tables and chairs underneath for outside dining.

Why Ledbury? Well as you may know my dad passed away last year and his final wish was for his ashes to be scattered on the Malvern hills. So with restrictions lifted Ben, Bev and I were able to rent a converted barn in the village of Woolhope for a few days. The 3 bedroom barn is beautifully located in the peaceful countryside and the only sounds you can hear are the woodpeckers, various birds, chickens and at night the owls near by. Also at night the skies are so dark the star gazing is amazing. Another huge plus has been the warm bubberly hot tub in the garden facing the fields and forest.

Our first full day here we decided to explore the town of Ledbury just a short drive away. I’d been here many times before, but this time we did an adventure lab cache ( part of geocaching) that took us and taught us some of the history of the town.

After passing the market house we walked up the tiny Church Lane passing many old historical buildings of which id never visited before.

We can understand why this warning is needed for Ben lol
Church Lane.

At the end of the tiny lane stands the church of St. Michael and All Angels. A stunning church built around the 12th Century but a little unusual as the church tower is not actually attached to the main building. This was added around the 13th century with the upper stage and spire being added in 1733.

St Michael’s and All Angels.

From here we headed back into town to browse the shops and find somewhere for lunch. A quaint little fish and chip shop was recommended to us called Y-Pass located up a tiny alleyway. The menu had a wide selection and with our minds made up we took our lunch back to the van to enjoy.

The Barrett – Browning memorial clock tower, opened in 1896.

So with our tour of Ledbury complete we took a short drive to the base of the British camp in the Malvern hills.

British Camp is an Iron age hill fort located at the top of Herefordshire Beacon in the Malvern hills. The hill fort is protected as a Scheduled ancient memorial. The fort is thought to have been first constructed in the 2nd century BC. A Norman castle was built on the site.

The extensive earthworks remain clearly visible today and determine the shape of the hill.

The height of the summit of British Camp is 1,109 feet (338 m).

However this was not the intended summit for dad to be placed so we enjoyed what dad did here and that was to sit at the base and enjoy an ice cream in the sunshine from the little kiosk. Suzy was treated to a delicious doggy ice cream to which was the unusual flavour of cheese and sweet potato. I’ll stick to my pistachio and rum and raisin thanks Suzy x

So with the evening getting closer we headed back to our accommodation and as the sun was still lovely and warm we enjoyed a spot of sunbathing ( I know, it’s still only April!) and some hot tub time with Ben x x

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