13 Feb

Ross-on-Wye: Market town offers real benefits

Ross-on-Wye: Market town offers real benefits

The picturesque town of Ross-on-Wye offers a real alternative for those looking to move away from the city and relocate to the countryside.

Ross-on-Wye is a relatively small place, with a population of around 10,000 people, but still offers a whole host of attractions and facilities.

In the heart of the town is the old Market House Building. Dating back to 1650s, there are regular farmers' markets held there as well as a number of other special events throughout the year.

The Herefordshire town is also home to a number of independent shops, offering a real alternative to the larger chains found in the nearby city of Hereford.

There is also a real mix of property for sale in Ross-on-Wye to suit most budgets, ranging from stunning farmhouses to manageable new builds, so it could be the ideal location for families or retired people looking to downsize.

As well as taking walks in the lovely countryside that surrounds the town, there is a thriving leisure community with a top-class rowing club, a men's and ladies' hockey squad, as well as a cricket club and football team.

Just outside the town is the famous Goodrich Castle. Managed by English Heritage, the Norman medieval building was once described by poet William Wordsworth as the "noblest ruin in Herefordshire" and historian Adrian Pettifer believes it to be one of the greatest examples of English military architecture.

Despite its great location close to the Wye Valley, Ross-on-Wye is well located connected with strong transport links to the rest of the UK. It is close to the M50 road, which connects to the larger M5 motorway, while nearby Ledbury has a major rail interchange that can be reached by regular buses from Ross-on-Wye.

A number of stars have reported to have made their home nearby, including television presenter and Top Gear star Richard Hammond and ex-international cricketer Shane Warne. The town was also the last residence of playwright Dennis Potter.

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