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Towns and Villages in or near Ross-on-Wye


High on a sandstone cliff overlooking a large loop in the River Wye is the historic market town of Ross on Wye. The view of Ross on Wye is dominated by the spire of St Mary's Church, which is visible for many miles around. Built of red sandstone in the 13th century, St Mary's has some interesting features and is well worth a visit. On the west side of the churchyard is the 'Prospect', a pleasant view point and garden where you can look down the River Wye curving beneath the town. The gardens were laid out by John Kyrle, locally known as 'The Man of Ross', a generous benefactor of the town of Ross, who lived between 1637 and 1725.

Present day Ross on Wye has much to offer the visitor, with twice weekly markets being held under the sixteenth century Market House. The town has a number of antique shops and small independent retailers and galleries.
The River Wye flows 251km from its source in mid-Wales to Chepstow where it meets the River Severn, throughout its course it changes from a rocky upland stream to a wide meandering river. Along its length it provides opportunities for a wide range of sporting and recreational activities. The stretch of river flowing through Ross on Wye attracts many canoeists, rafters and rowers. Some of the major events to take place annually on the river are the Ross regatta and the 100 mile charity raft race, to name but two. For those who prefer a less strenuous pursuit fishing is available on the River Wye or in one of the many nearby fishing lakes.

A good way to explore the river is to take a river cruise, these are available from Symonds Yat East or West, weather permitting, or you may wish to take a bird's eye view of the river from a hot air balloon. Walking has become a very popular activity in the region, and there are walks to suit all abilities. There are a number of long distance footpaths in the county, but the one that passes through Ross on Wye is the Wye Valley Walk. This is a 136 mile route that follows the river valley from Plynlimon in Powys to Chepstow in Monmouthshire. For the less experienced walker, there are several short circular walks available, or you can simply stroll along the riverside enjoying the peace and tranquillity of the beautiful River Wye.

Ross-on-Wye is a Walkers are Welcome town.


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