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Golden Valley
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The picturesque valley of the River Dore lies in the lee of the Black Mountains.
This area of enchanting natural beauty is thought to have been renamed the Golden Valley due to Norman and French confusion. Its changing splendour throughout the seasons attracts visitors to the area all year round and is particularly popular with walkers and cyclists.
Cistercian Monks from Morimond in France in 1147 founded the iconic Dore Abbey, which is now a wonderful venue for music and community events, worth a visit if you have an interest in history.
Nestling under Garway Hill is family owned Kentchurch Court which dates back to the 14th century, with its beautiful gardens steeped in history and heritage. Stroll through the rhododendron wood with its bridges, cascades and dams. Explore the walled garden with its traditional planting, the rose covered 14th century arch or discover the deer park full of wonderful ancient trees.
The Golden Valley villages of Ewyas Harold, Dorstone, Peterchurch and Abbeydore have inspired writers such as Lewis Caroll
and CS Lewis. It also featured in the 1993 film Shadowlands in both a painting and as an actual location.
Pop in to Ty Gwyn and embark on your own cider experience, based at Pontrilas they hold regular tours, talks and tastings. Relax and cosy up in the bar with the cider of your choice all made the traditional way after an exhilarating walk in the glorious Black Mountains.
The historic village of Kilpeck, famous for its beautiful Romanesque church is home to the 250 year old Kilpeck Inn, offering the best in local and seasonal food, real ales and fine wines in a warm and welcoming atmosphere, or why not make an overnight break of it in their lovely rooms. 19
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