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Herefordshire is an historic English county located in the West Midlands on the Welsh border.

The county is one of the most rural and sparsely populated in England, with the land use predominantly agricultural. The county is well known for its fruit and cider production, and the Hereford cattle breed. It has a population of less than 200,000 and just under a third (31%) of the people live in Hereford itself, 22% live in the market towns and the rest (just under half) live in villages and rural areas.

Hereford is a cathedral city and also the county town, and with a population of approximately 55,800 inhabitants it is the largest settlement in Herefordshire. The city of Hereford is the county’s centre for employment, administration, health, education facilities and shopping.  The other principal locations are the five market towns of Leominster, Ross-on-Wye, Ledbury, Bromyard and Kington.

History, scenery, and good local food provide the main core of what brings people to Herefordshire. For centuries, the area was the main defence against the Welsh, and many battles were fought along the border. Today, those sites form part of the outstanding scenery of the county, which provides a great backdrop to a range of outdoor activities, from hill walking, canoeing down the River Wye, abseiling or cycling. Herefordshire is quickly becoming the outdoor county.

As a rural area, Herefordshire is a front-runner in the local food and drink movement, and is home to countless makers of wine, real ale, cider and perry, as well as organic foods including meat, farm produce and cheese. Nearly every village in the county has a pub serving local real ales, whilst Hereford itself has a good range of pubs and bars, as well as an excellent shopping centre and leisure facilities.

Whatever your interests, there is something for everyone to make Herefordshire the perfect base for you and your family, and Garrington can provide you with the local knowledge and contacts to realise your dream move to this idyllic county.

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