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The Big Apple
Twice a year the seven parishes parishes of the Marcle Ridge in Herefordshire celebrate their heritage of apples and pears, cider and perry. If you enjoy orchards, apples or cider this is a weekend for you to enjoy - see how we get involved on the Pressing Dates page.
Herefordshire Tourist Information gives information on a range of accomodation as well as other activities in Herefordshire including the Cider Cycling Route.
Accomodation local to Putley,
The Coach House B&B is in Putley from where you can enjoy the footpaths through the surrounding orchards.
Alumhurst Campsite (Camping & Carravanning certified site) is run by Joe and Sally who also have their Pork & Two Veg farm shop and Veg & Egg Shed on site so you can enjoy duck eggs and award winning sausages for breakfast.
Pixley End Camping and Caravan site is conveniently situated next to the Trumpet Inn which has good food and ales. The Trumpet Inn also has some camping spaces.
If you fancy glamping (glam camping) then try Putley`s Yurt experience.
Or enjoy a luxurious night at The Verzon House at Trumpet now owned by the Chase family with their excellent range of William Chase gins and vodkas.
There are some excellent web sites:
www.cider.org.uk is Andrew Lea's web site and he has some excellent information and guidance
UK Cider site has lots of useful information from and about other craft cider makers
There are some easy-to read-books which are all mentioned on other web sites - but
Real Cidermaking On a Small Scale by Michael Pooley and John Lomax dedicates a chapter on Troubleshooting which will also explain why we are so fastidious about cleanliness at every stage of the process.
Sodium metabisulphite for sterilising containers, syphon tubing and airlocks can be found on a number of brewing shops or on-line.
Many thanks to Peter who designed the initial web site including the photos used in the banner, and to Alexsei who took many of the cider making photos. Other photos were taken by Peter, Alexsei or myself.