Just Back From… Ledbury

Last week on a rare day of sunshine and warmth we decided to go for a drive into our neighbouring shires of Hereford and Worcester getting off the usual roads we take when going south to get onto a motorway and slowly exploring a few of the many B roads in the counties to admire the most wonderful countryside and views.

We stopped for lunch in Ledbury, an early Saxon settlement, now a market town, as it is yet another town which we have bypassed many times but never stopped to explore. It is famous for its poetry festival in July and has connections with Elizabeth Barrett-Browning, John Masefield and H Rider Haggard.

It still features some lovely examples of Norman, Tudor, Georgian and Victorian architecture and lies nestled beneath the ancient Malvern Hills from where you get outstanding panoramic views over the Severn Valley.

We ate reasonable, but not outstanding pub fare, at the Prince of Wales located in the delightful Church Street, followed by an excellent ‘Just Rachel’ gooseberry and elderflower ice-cream from the nearby ‘Mrs Muffins’ tea-room. We left Ledbury with a punnet of Herefordshire raspberries and a bundle of local asparagus, both of which I can state were delicious!

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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

5 thoughts on “Just Back From… Ledbury”

  1. I well remember visiting Ledbury, and being entranced by the architecture, especially the old (corn or wool?) exchange that you have pictured. A lovely taste of old England. Regards from Norfolk, Pete.

  2. Oh, lovely, thanks for the wander…this is quite nostalgic for me. Quarter of a century ago, my parents lived in Shropshire, and I never took the motorway route once I had reached Oxford, and drove the A and B roads which took me through Ledbury. But I never actually stopped here! Now I see what I missed! 🙂

    1. I know what you mean, I get fed up of motorway driving too and often divert along the other roads. Ledbury is very charming. I wonder what other gems I have missed?

      1. I have chiefly missed things because I was too late…new developments in place of some interesting abandoned/decayed/ruined building (not everyone’s cup of cocoa, but there we are) 🙂

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