Herefordshire Balloon Flights
Hot Air Balloon Rides over Herefordshire
Herefordshire, set in the Marches, is one of the most beautifully un-spoilt counties in Britain. On a hot air balloon flight you will see a patchwork quilt of fields, meadows, and woodlands, broken only by rivers, footpaths and small country roads. Herefordshire is an agricultural county with fruit farming, cider, hops, grain, it’s own breed of unique Herefordshire cattle and of course common to any such undulating countryside - sheep.
The agricultural centre of the county is the historic market city of Hereford which straddles the River Wye. You can fly from here on a hot air balloon ride with Wye Valley Aviation and one of the first sites as you climb out will doubtless be the Norman Cathedral built in 1079 and home to the mediaeval map of the world The Mappa Mundi. This company also have a balloon ride launch site further along the River Wye at the charming town of Ross on Wye, which is to be found at the western end of the M50 motorway. Well within a balloon flight distance south of Ross lie the remains of Goodrich Castle, an English Heritage attraction and one of many in the area.
North and East along the M50 nestling in the Malvern Hills is Eastnor Castle near the market town of Ledbury. Hot air balloon flights from the deer park of Eastnor Castle over the Herefordshire borders into neighbouring Worcestershire are available with Wickers World. The castle was built in the early 1800’s in the style of the “Normal Revival” and designed to emulate a mediaeval fortress guarding the Welsh borders.