Ross-on-Wye Walking Festival
22nd September 2017 - 24th September 2017
22nd September 2017 - 24th September 2017
The 9th Ross-on-Wye Walking Festival, 22nd-24th September.
A programme of local walks for different abilities and interests. Prices vary from walk to walk.
Friday 22nd September
Walk 1 - Woodlands of Three Herefordshire Hills - 4 miles, moderate - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
A guided walk through fragments of ancient woodlands on Howle Hill, Bulls Hill and Leys Hill, exploring the natural beauty and the historic human management of beautiful woods above the Wye valley.
Leader: Andrew De La Haye BOOK TICKETS
Walk sponsored by The Linden Guest House
Walk 2 – The Lanes and Alleyways of Ross - 3 miles - easy - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Ross has a wonderful network of lanes and alleyways. Most of them are narrow and many lead to places of interest round the town. Lots are “invisible” to the modern-day car driver, so come and find the “lost” Ross.
Leader: Sam Phillips BOOK TICKETS
Walk sponsored by the Garden Store
Walk 3 – Wye Walk from Walford? - 4 miles - moderate - 2:00pm to 5:15pm
After taking the No. 35 bus to Walford we climb up to the Wye Valley Walk for some magnificent views across the Wye Valley. We follow this trail through woodland and a hidden vineyard to Chase Woods and down back into Ross.
Leader: Malcolm Hill BOOK TICKETS
Walk sponsored by Escape to the Great Outdoors
Saturday 23rd September
Walk 4 - The Land Between - 11½ miles, energetic - 10:00am to 5:00 pm
This walk links the familiar walks near the River Wye at Fownhope and the ever-popular route along Marcle Ridge to the east. We explore the “Land Between” and visit the hill fort of Capler Camp, Fishpool Hill, Marcle Ridge, Sollers Hope C14th church and the ‘arts and crafts’ church at Brockhampton. Five hills give a combined ascent of 1000 ft with one steep descent where poles might help. Leader: Martin Shepley. Bring a picnic lunch BOOK TICKETS
Walk 5 - Llangrove – Llangarron – In the Path of the Wellington - 6½ miles, moderate, 10:00am to 2:00pm. Walking in the historic Archenfield area of south/west Herefordshire, the walk takes us along country lanes, bridleways and across fields which offers us the opportunity to enjoy the open countryside and the county at its best. At the end of the walk we will have time to visit Christ Church at Llangrove to read all about the Wellington bomber.
Leader: Rosemary Sutton. Not suitable for dogs. Bring a Picnic lunch BOOK TICKETS
Walk sponsored by Hats for Hounds, Illinois, USA
Walk 6 - A Royal Ramble - 6 miles, moderate, 10:00am to 2:00pm
A walk through and around Aconbury Woods, owned by the Duchy of Cornwall. Passing by the ramparts of Aconbury Iron Age Hill Fort then along fields and woodland tracks to Little Birch, returning to King’s Thorne. Two short steep ascents and several difficult stiles.
Leader: Judith Stares. Not suitable for dogs. Bring a Picnic BOOK TICKETS
Walk sponsored by the Ross Cider & Perry Co Ltd
Walk 7 - Fownhope Loop - 6 miles, moderate, 10:30 to 2:00pm
From Fownhope up onto the Wye Valley Walk over Common Hill and Lea & Paget’s Wood. Then over Capler Camp Iron Age hill fort and down to the viewpoint. Return to Fownhope, partly alongside the River Wye, passing the old Mancell's Ferry. One steep section up steps.
Leader: John Smart. Bring a picnic BOOK TICKETS
Walk sponsored by the Kings Head Hotel
Walk 8 - Llanrothal Church and the Monnow Valley - 6 miles, moderate, 12 noon to 4:00pm
A delightful walk with tea and cakes organised by the Churches Conservation Trust along the Welsh side of the Monnow to Tregate Bridge and returning along the English bank. We will stop at the pretty and isolated Llanrothal Church for tea where someone will be on hand to explain the history of the church. A steep climb and descent at the start but otherwise level walking.
Cost: £10 per person (includes refreshments). Leader: Allan Ockenden BOOK TICKETS
Walk 9 – The Last Cream Tea of Summer - 3 miles, easy, 1:30pm to 5:30pm
Walk along field paths and lanes via the cider orchards of Broome Farm. Enjoy a superb Cream Tea and an opportunity to meet the resident alpacas. Usually time for a visit to the cider shop (for a tasting). Cost: £11 (includes Cream Tea).
Leader: David Colin BOOK TICKETS
Walk sponsored by Caffe Eleganza
Sunday 24th September
Walk 10 - Forest Steam Train Walk and Ride - 3 miles easy/moderate 9:30am to 3:00pm.
The walk leader will obtain your train tickets and distribute to walkers during the walk. The walk will go through some lovely forest to Parkend where we will board the train back to Norchard for lunch. After lunch continue the train ride to Lydney Junction, then return to Norchard. Ploughman’s lunch at the Steam Centre cafeteria (included). Cost: £24 per person including train ticket and lunch. Not suitable for dogs
Walk 11 - Rocks and Rivers - 8½ miles, moderate. 9:30am to 3:00pm.
Firstly we visit Yat Rock . Then we descend to the River Wye opposite the island. Walk to Biblins Bridge then back up into the Forest of Dean. Follow the Wysis Way to Hillersland and Edge End then pass Eastbach Court to Upper Tump and then steeply descending footpaths down and up into English Bicknor. Pass through the churchyard to pick up the Coldwell Walks back to Symonds Yat Rock. Not suitable for dogs. Bring a Picnic. BOOK TICKETS
Leader: Peter Gratton Walk sponsored by the Bridge House Bed & Breakfast
Walk 12 - Garway – The top of the World - 7 miles, energetic, 10:00am to 2:00pm
Follow the Monnow Valley then across the common to the top of Garway Hill to have our lunch. Fine views across the Black Mountains and, on a clear day, you can see the Gower coast.
Not suitable for dogs. Bring a picnic
Leader: Gill Moxham BOOK TICKETS
Walk sponsored by Truffles Delicatessen
Walk 13 – Port Wine and Gulliver’s Travels - 7 miles, moderate 10:15am to 3:00pm
This walk passes across one side of Coppett Hill, down to the Wye near Welsh Bicknor Youth Hostel. The route follows the “deceitful” river then the easy way to the top of Coppett Hill before descending steeply back to the start at Goodrich Castle.
Not suitable for dogs. Bring a picnic BOOK TICKETS
Leader: Elinor Kelly Walk sponsored by Wilton Court Restaurant with Rooms
Walk 14 – Wye Walk & Lunch Cruise - 3 miles, easy 10:30am to 1:30pm
Cross the Wye using the ancient rope ferry then it’s an easy walk along the river to Biblins where we go over the small suspension bridge and back to Symonds Yat. Here we’ll join our river boat for a 40 minute cruise while we enjoy our picnic lunch.
O/S Ref: SO 5924
Set in glorious Herefordshire countryside Ross is the perfect base for a visit to the area. Within easy reach are the Forest of Dean, Wye Valley and Symonds Yat, Goodrich Castle, Tintern Abbey, the Malverns, and several large centres such as Cheltenham, Hereford
Ross-on-Wye is a small market town in the south of Herefordshire offering excellent places to stay, eat and shop. Set in beautiful countryside it’s a great place for fresh air, walking and canoeing.
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