The Local Area

Things to do in beautiful North Herefordshire

North Herefordshire is the beautiful gift you have been waiting for

Pearl Lake Country Holiday Park is located in peaceful surroundings of the rolling Marches Welsh border countryside, close to the historic Mortimer Trail footpath on the edge of the thriving village of Shobdon.

Amidst historic countryside, with wooded hillsides and valleys, footpaths and country walking galore, superb golf courses, fishing lakes and rivers, National Trust properties, traditional market towns and castles, cycling on the lanes and bridleways, breath-taking scenery, history galore... and that's before we even get to the huge selection of incredible local produce.

Places to see in North Herefordshire

There are so many 'must see' places (we think) in North Herefordshire and the surrounding Marches countryside.

The Black and White Village Trail: The Black and White villages of North Herefordshire are delightful. The pretty villages are full of character and make for a lovely stroll. Cosy pubs and tea rooms, art galleries and village shops are found en route, as well as castle ruins, country churches, open gardens and historic houses. Pick up a leaflet from the park reception and enjoy a trip back in time.

Croft Castle: The gardens and parkland of Croft Castle are varied with dynamic valleys, wooded walks and restful places filled with history and interest. A picnic beckons on a sunny day and a pleasant stroll through the ancient fort at Croft Ambrey and the regenerated tourist trail of Fishpool Valley.

Cider Trails: herefordshire is cider country so a springtime visit will be accompanied by clouds of apple blossom whilst autumn brings the harvest - it's always a perfect day out to visit our cider makers and watch cider being made.

Shobdon Church: Right on the doorstep of Pearl Lake is the unique treasure of Shobdon Church. "... a building of unique architectural interest which we must preserve." HRH The Prince of Wales

From Kart racing to paint balling, pony trekking to food tasting, brewery tours, historic towns & villages and everything inbetween await you.

Golf courses in Herefordshire and Welsh borders

Pearl Lake has its very own 9 hole golf course, but also there are some fantastic golf courses close by, both in Herefordshire and over the border into Wales.

Within 20 minutes drive:

Kington - The links-like course at Kington, the highest 18 hole course in the country. With no sand, no trees and no water it's easy to think this is a push-over. No matter how you play, the greens are exceptional, the views are stunning and there is no other place quite like it.

The Grove, Leominster - If you enjoy a round of golf then we have two challenging nine hole courses (Deer Run and Badgers), professionally landscaped with outstanding stone and water features. Combined with top class playing surfaces, rolling woodland with panoramic views and you can see why we offer an excellent challenge to you whatever your golfing standard.

Leominster - a beautiful course and a hilly challenge with eighteen very different holes, each designed to test your skills to the limit.

Other golf courses in Herefordshire and Worcestershire that deserve a mention:

Burghill maybe a course for the big-hitter, but we all know that's no good if it's not straight. Everything to test you is here - unsighted tee shots, water, positional play is key, and demoralising long second shots that still fall short of the green!

The Raven's Causeway at Herefordshire is a visual treat. Spectacular, challenging and physically demanding - a gem of a course.

Sapey Golf Club is always an absolute treat to play. With quick greens, devious water features pesky woodland and long, long par fives this is a course you will remember.

Plenty more nearby with Ludlow, Cleobury, Rolls of Monmouth, Knighton... Honestly, if golf is your game then staying at Pearl Lake Country Holiday Park puts you in the heart of some fine courses.

Fishing in Herefordshire, Shropshire and Powys

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Pearl Lake boasts a breath-taking centrepiece natural lake that can be fished. A contemplative location in spectacular surroundings for carp and tench, maybe a perch or a bream... a very pleasant time awaits if you have the patience to negotiate the natural defences of the lake.

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Farther afield there is the spectacular River Wye and River Teme, fisheries at Froggatts (Ludlow), Llandrindod lake (Llandrindod wells) and Red Lion Piscators (Shobdon) all offering a great experience to add to your holiday.

Rambling and walking in Herefordshire and The Marches

There are few (if any) things better than a country stroll ending at a nice cafe or country pub. With woodland walks, high ridges and river valleys Herefordshire and The Marches really does have it all. The park even has a dog wash when you return to keep those muddy paws at bay!

As well as the Mortimer Trail running from Ludlow to Kington, crossing rivers and forested ridges there is also the historic Offa's Dyke Trail nearby. Do you want to walk in the footsteps of Kings and Marches Lords?

Towns, villages and cities

Nearby Leominster:

Pronounced 'Lem-ster' it is a fascinating old market town that has many alleyways and historic buildings. There are coffee shops and antique shops, bric-a-bracs and independents, all waiting to be discovered. Leominster Priory, the Museum, the Grange all have an amazing history.


A beautiful castle town set on a hill above the River Teme. Passing time in Ludlow is like being in another world; slower, easier, friendlier - just like staying at Pearl Lake Country Holiday Park.


A small, friendly Welsh market town - is less than 15 minutes drive from Pearl Lake - where there always seems to be something going on. Presteigne is a pretty market town on the River Lugg, on the border of England and Wales. Once the county town of Radnorshire and boasts a wonderful variety of historic buildings around the old town core. Presteigne, or Llanandras in Welsh, is situated in glorious unspoilt countryside in a picturesque area of the Welsh border region.

Historic Hereford:

Farther afield is Hereford with everything here from the Mappa Mundi, Hereford Cathedral, riverside walks great cafes and independent shops.

Hay on Wye:

Visit the second hand book capital of the world. Home to the famous Hay Literary Festival, it is a beautiful town to visit with antique shops and independent boutiques, cafes and riverside walks all in the overlook of the Black Mountains.

There's so much more to see and do, there really is something for everyone. A  relaxing trip to one of the local towns for lunch and coffee; maybe a walk around the lake in the afternoon or just passing the time with a good book and a glass of wine into the evening before heading out to a fantastic choice of local pubs and restaurants. This is proof that there is no such thing as 'too much of a good thing'!

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