Guidebook to 30 varied walks of 3 - 10 miles, in the valley of the Wye, the most scenic river in England and Wales, between Chepstow in the south and Plynlimon. Landscape ranges from open moorland to wooded gorges and is dotted with the sites of Iron Age hillforts and castles. Centres include Ross-on-Wye, Hereford, Hay-on-Wye and Rhayader.
This guidebook includes 30 day walks in the stunning and varied lands of the Wye Valley. From its source on Plynlimon in the Welsh Cambrian mountains, down along the Wales-England border through Hay-on-Why, Hereford and Chepstow to the Severn Estuary.
The routes in this guide are circular, and range in length between 5 and 15km. Every route description is accompanied by an annotated OS map, and includes details on points of interest along the way to enhance your wandering.
The Wye Valley is known for its beauty and wide range of scenery; a walkers' paradise at any time of year. From the high moorland near the source, down through gentle green hills, before diving into the woods and limestone gorge near the sea.
Practical details such as the amount of ascent and timings information are included for every walk, as are details on public transport and parking facilities. Other useful information on the river's history, geology and wildlife ensure that this is an ideal companion to exploring the impressive range of walking the Wye Valley offers.
all walks can be enjoyed in any season, although care needs to be taken on the mountain and moorland walks in the upper valley in winter; risk of winter flooding between Hereford and Monmouth
Chepstow, Monmouth, Ross-on-Wye, Hereford, Hay-on-Wye, Builth Wells and Rhayader
a number of the walks, especially in the upper valley, require good navigational skills and (in one or two cases) a degree of stamina
- Must See
spectacular river scenery, with huge meanders and a classic limestone gorge; soaring moorlands in the 'green desert' of md-Wales; ancient routes including part of the iconic Monks' Trod; Palaeolithic bone caves and Neolithic burial chambers; and border castles, Tintern Abbey and industrial archaeology