Herefordshire Mini-Break

We were lucky enough to book a short break away to Herefordshire – a small farm cottage away from the crowds – this gave us an opportunity to see some different sights and even to get some elevation!!

We drove down early on Monday morning – avoiding the worst of the traffic with a 5am start, and a brief stop in the Cotswolds for a walk. After this we travelled on to the Malvern Hills, had breakfast, then started our first walk.

The Malverns – 18-55mm – F13 – 1/640 – ISO280

We enjoyed a wonderful hike – I managed to take some nice photographs suing the 18-55mm lens – lots of light so no need to bracket or use the tripod.

Looking towards Shropshire – 18-55mm – F13 – 1/200 – ISO100

After our hike, we ate a fantastic meal at the Trumpet Inn – and then headed to our accommodation to check in. The cottage was lovely, had everything we needed including the use of a pool. The view around the cottage were stunning, all the way back to the Malverns to the North East, and across towards the Brecon Beacons to the South West. We sat outside the cottage, and watched the sun go down.

From the cottage – 18-55mm – F13 – 1/6 (tripod) – ISO110

The next day we ventured to Black Hill to get a bit more elevation. The roads to get there were a little terrifying, but once there, the hike more than made up for it.

Looking South at start of Black Hill hike – 18-55mm – F13 – 1/250 – ISO110

As the hike progressed we found some interesting terrain and I managed to get some good shots handheld, no need for tripod.

Black Hill Hike – 18-55mm – F13 – 1/320 – ISO125

The views were stunning on all sides – You could see Brecon Beacons, Shropshire Hills, and the Malverns as the skies were clear.

Black Hill Hike – 18-55mm – F13 – 1/320 – ISO140

We returned to the cottage after the hike, and had a swim (it was very cold in the pool). We watched the sunset again from the cottage – very tired as we hadn’t climbed a mountain for years!!

We went into Hereford the following day – to do the tourist thing, and to get a meal out. It was a nice town, felt quite safe all day, and had a lovely meal at the Black Lion in the centre of Hereford.

Doing the tourist thing – 18-55mm – F13 – 1/500 – ISO100

I attempted to get some long exposure shots at the River Wye on our way back to the car – but had a fail when I forgot about the swans in the middle of the river – all the shots came out awful as the swans were moving about!!

Attempting Long Exposure – iphone shot

More swimming followed back at the cottage. We had a thunderstorm that evening – and I managed to get some shots of a rainbow looking across to the Malverns.

Rainbow after the storm – 18-55mm – F18 – 1/20 (tripod) – ISO100

We had a day trip to Hay on Wye the the following day, then enjoyed our last night before heading home Friday morning – a journey that was to prove to be a bit of a nightmare 10 hour drive!!

Overall a great little break away, and a great learning experience for me with the camera.

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