12 Easy Walks

Easy Walks gives you a gentle introduction to the region. These 12 circular walks are intended as manageable strolls for anyone who wants to spend a short time walking without a great deal of effort. You will not need specialised clothing or state-of the-art GPS’s. You will not be expected to do acrobatics, leaping over stile after stile. You will not have to scramble up rough, steep inclines to see glorious views. The walks are mainly on clearly defined, wellworn paths, tracks and lanes which should be easy to locate. There are sketched route maps indicating the starting points, car parks, gates, as well as features of interest. The Ordnance Survey Map Grid Reference of the start is included with each map. The distance is made clear, allowing you to judge whether this walk is suitable for you. Some of the walks have optional shortcuts. We have indicated points of historic and natural interest, as well as stunning viewpoints. These walks are aimed at:

  • Older Walkers
  • The Less Able
  • Young Families
  • Inexperienced Walkers

You can download the complete brochure or the individual walks by clicking the links below. There are some changes - see the notes below.

Locations of the 12 Easy Walks

You can see from the map that the walks cover a representative spread of both the Wye Valley and the Forest of Dean. Nevertheless, with a little planning, you can easily combine two or three walks to give you a full day’s enjoyment. Although the area is densely packed with things to do and see, the distances are not at all vast.

  1. Brockweir
  2. Whitestone
  3. Trellech Beacon
  4. Craig-y-dorth
  5. Lydney Docks
  6. Bream Village Walk
  7. Clearwell Village Walk
  8. Dark Hill
  9. Cannop Ponds
  10. Speech House
  11. Symonds Yat
  12. Ross Town Walk


These walks were compiled in 2010 and in some cases there have been some changes since then.  Please be aware of the following.

Walk3.  We have had reports that some of the way markers are no longer visible and some of the tracks may have changed since this walk was prepared.  One walker reported not finding the kissing gate at 5.  We will review this route but meanwhile, please exercise caution.

Walking with dogs.  Most of these walks are suitable for dogs and none cross land where livestock is kept.  However,there is a stile on walk 2 and the author's dog does not like the boat crossing or the "wobbly" bridge on walk 11.  We recommend too that you read our page on dog walking which gives details of dog friendly walks and staying safe with a dog.

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