For author John Lewis-Stempel, winner of the Wainwright prize for nature writing, the county is heaven on Earth
Herefordshire is one of England’s most rural places. Cradled by Worcestershire against the wall of Wales, it is the last of England. My family have lived here for 800 years.
The west of the county is peregrine-stooped upland. The Black Hill, beloved of Bruce Chatwin and wilderness walkers, soars to 640 metres. The east is pastorally perfect: rich green fields for the famous Hereford cattle, and fertile red earth for hops. There are orchards too: this is the cider county, the home of Bulmers.