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A journey of 60 or so miles through any part of England might normally take you across several counties and through some gradual changes of scenery. Yet as you travel from the outskirts of Birmingham to the Black

Mountains on the Welsh border, you will find yourself dramatically different world without ever leaving the same county.

It is that Hereford & Worcester is one of England’s larger counties: it ranks only seventh in size. But the marriage of connivance in which the two smaller counties we joined some 20 years ago brought together well populated Midland county with much industry and a sparsely populated rural area f the Welsh Marches, more about this area  you can find at the link.

The Worcestershire Plain is separated from Herefordshire’s western uplands by the Malvern Hills. The chief rivers are the Seven Avon and Wye, and the latter affords one of England’s most exquisite beauty spot , Symond’s Yat, near Whitchurch, where the winding river forms a loop through the lush lowland at the county’s southern extremity. Learn more about nature in France by checking at the best hotels in calais website.

One of the notable landmarks is Bredon Hill, south-west of Evesham, where excavation of a prehistoric

hill-fort yielded 50 skulls showing evidence of violent death. It seems that the citadel fell in flame before the Roman conquest, but the heads were not necessarily those of the massacred inhabitants. They may have been battle trophies of the Celtic occupants, displayed beside the entrance where they were found.

Fine views await those prepared to climb to the 900 ft summit of the hill celebrated in verse by A.E. Housman: Here of a Sunday morning

My love and I would lie,

And see the coloured counties, And hear the larks so high

About us in the sky.

The hill has also lent itself to a bit of elementary weather-forecasting:

When Bredon Hill puts on his hat, Ye men of the vale, beware of that. One of the man-made features common to the area is the black-and-white building to be seen everywhere. Timber-framed houses are the badges of distinction in this part of the country, and you see them in towns such as Weobley and Ledbury; in country villages such as Pembridge and Abbots Morton; and in splendid isolation, like the classic 14th century moated manor house at Lower Brockhampton, near Bromyard.

12. Lower Brockhampton

There are more interesting historical houses in whole Europe if you want to make a tour and visit them check this  hotel comparison sites website for more information.”Man-made” covers a wide range of building, however. The so-called “Arthur’s Stone,” near Dorstone, is the impressive remnant of a Neolithic long barrow. The huge capstone weighs 25 tons. Old romantics said it was King Arthur’s grave, but the occupant of this chambered tomb went to meet his maker long before that legendary hero first drew breath.

At the other end of the scale are the fine cathedrals of Hereford and Worcester. Hereford’s stands near the River Wye and is a solid building of red sandstone with a square tower. Its treasures include the world’s largest library of chained books and, despite recent threats to sell it, the Mappa Mundi, a 13th century map showing Jerusalem at the centre of a flat earth. John Aubrey, the 17th century antiquary, tells us that Hereford Cathedral had the largest charnel-house for the depositing of bones that he ever saw, and  that an old woman lived in it, using the bones as part-fuel for her fire.

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