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Tour and Tourist Information Guide for the Market Town of Bromyard
Goherefordshire comprehensive holiday tourism guide for Bromyard including places to visit, towns and villages, hotels, bed and breakfast, inns and pubs, holiday rental cottages, camping and caravanning, farms, Bromyard tourist information and maps, visitor activities including golf and walking.
Bromyard is a traditional market town situated between the cities of Hereford and Worcester. It has a charm all of its own. Visitors to the town will find a range of individual shops, offering the more traditional shopping experience and an Art Trail that comprises of specially commissioned works of art. The town has many fine buildings including the former Police Station and Magistrates Court. The Post Office, built in 1911 is next door to the Bromyard and District Local History Society, here they have regular exhibitions and store many pictures and documents that tell the history of the town.
Bromyard and the surrounding area is particularly noted as a centre for hop growing, there are over 4,000 acres in the county, mainly in the Bromyard and Ledbury area. Herefordshire has been producing hops since the 15th century, with Bromyard as its centre. Most farms grew an odd acre of hops, but now fewer farms produce a larger acreage using mechanical harvesting and more advanced cultivation techniques. Hops thrive on a variety of soil types but generally do best in a deep non-acid loam, which has good drainage. For many centuries the hops were given support by chestnut poles up to 15ft tall, though nowadays the bines are trained to climb strings, which they always do in a clockwise direction. Those that wish to fully appreciate this beautiful part of Herefordshire should follow the road and lanes that flank the River Frome taking time to enjoy the hopfields, cider orchards and even vineyards as you pass through.
Close to Bromyard are the Bromyard Downs. The underlying rocks of the Downs are called Lower Old Red Sandstone, which produce the red soil characteristic of much of the county. It contains thin layers of harder grey stone, these were quarried to build the houses and cottages in the vicinity. There are 262 acres of open land on the Downs. This area has historically been used to graze stock by those with common rights, today only around 89 properties have these rights attached, and only a small flock of sheep graze on the Downs. Instead, the grass is cut for hay in the summer.
There are plenty of events held in Bromyard and people travel from far and wide to attend. Some of the festivals include The Bromyard Gala which is the county's largest outdoor show held every year at the beginning of July, now in its 41st year, the 66 acre field is an ideal location with outstanding views of the beautiful countryside, yet within easy walking distance of Bromyard town. Bromyard Gala has all the features of a good old time country show, featuring a steam rally, food bar, dog show, country pursuits, childrens entertainment, birds of prey and much more. The Gala is a combination of a country show and Rally of steam providing.
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