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Dilwyn Village CentreDilwyn is a beautiful rural parish in the north west of Herefordshire in the United Kingdom. It is 6 miles south west from the market town of Leominster and 13 miles to the north west of Hereford city. Dilwyn is a relatively large parish at 2,363 hectares and is very sparsely populated with only 0.3 people per hectare. It is one of the pretty half-timbered villages that are prevalent in this part of Herefordshire and, as such, forms part of The Black and White Trail that leads visitors through the area.

Parish Features

villagestrip2Dilwyn has many historic buildings and interesting features. Most of the central village is designated as a conservation area. There are some 40 listed buildings within the village and surrounding parish. St mary's Church, in part, dates from the 12th century. The village school building originates from 1850. The oldest cottage in the village, Church House dates from the 14th century. Other notable features include the Old Forge, Karen Court, Great House and village green.

Dilwyn Agriculture

herefordbullThe parish of Dilwyn is dominated by agricultural land. Farming is a mix of arable and pastoral land, interspersed with many orchards. Arable crops are dominated by cereals, oil seed rape and potatoes. Special potato crops are grown to make Tyrrell's Crisps at the factory at Tyrrell's Court farm. Pastoral land is principally used for sheep grazing but there is also cattle rearing. Herefordshire is famous for the white faced Hereford breed of cattle. In the parish, at the Haven, the Lewis family have the oldest family owned Pedigree Hereford Herd in the world. Many small old orchards still survive, a lot were lost. Due to the modern demand for cider, many new orchards have been planted - mainly around Alton Court and Field's Place.

Tourism

Trail PosterDilwyn is one of the first villages on the the Black & White Village Trail which is named for the many timber-framed houses and buildings to be seen on the route. The Trail is a well signed tourist route through some of the prettiest villages and most beautiful landscapes in England. Starting from the ancient town of Leominster, the 40 mile circular trail leads west through a rich landscape of orchards, hopyards and distant hills, taking in the most picturesque black and white villages along the way as well as the little market town of Kington.

Location and Maps

dmapDilwyn is located about 13 miles north-west from the city of Hereford and some 6 miles south-west from its nearest town, Leominster.

Dilwyn is situated on the northern edge of a broad valley that stretches from the west near the river Wye through to Leominster. Running through the valley, south of the village, is the Stretford Brook whilst to the north are the rivers Arrow and Lugg.

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