Wye Valley Walk 136 miles of glorious river
If you are looking for a pleasant afternoon stroll, week-end break, or a 2 week walking holiday then the Wye Valley Walk is well worth considering.
This beautiful 136 mile (218km) trail follows the river valley from Chepstow in Monmouthshire to the slopes of Plynlimon in Powys, criss-crossing the border between England and Wales. The walk is waymarked with the distinctive leaping salmon logo.
- Walk Route - Chepstow-Monmouth-Hereford-Hay on Wye-Builth Wells-Rhyader-Plynlimon
- Distance - 136 miles
The following descriptions of the sections in our area are taken from The Wye Valley Walk website.
Chepstow to Monmouth
Distance: 16-17 miles (25-27km). High point: 230m (760ft) Upper Wyndcliff.
This section of the walk is almost entirely made up of paths through woodland along the celebrated lower Wye gorge. Expect dense woodland, narrow and sometimes steep paths emerging to viewpoints at Upper Wyndcliff and Whitestone. The walk also visits some attractive villages, most notably Tintern with its famous Abbey. Thenew route (as in the new Cicerone guide) of the WVW south of and through Tintern village is now waymarked. The old route is still available but the new route offers improved views across the Wye Valley and of the Abbey when approaching Tintern from the south and also passes the Tintern Limekilns. In the village the new route takes you down past the Abbey to the riverside before returning to the main road and gives the opportunity to see the heart of the village and use local facilities.The last few miles of the walk drop to the river, leaving the woods to follow the grassy banks of the Wye into Monmouth town.
Monmouth to Ross-on-Wye
Distance: 17-18 miles (27-29km). High point: 196m (647ft) Chase Wood.
Starting in open fields this is an almost entirely level stretch of riverside walking following the meanders of the Wye and passing under the spectacular limestone cliffs and woodlands of the upper Wye gorge. The walk passes through busy Symonds Yat with its riverside pubs, boat trips and canoeists. Then, at just over half way to Ross, there’s an abrupt change of pace, the path climbing through steeply wooded hills and narrow valleys around Leys Hill and Howle Hill, before dropping into Ross from the heights of Chase Hill.
Ross-on-Wye to Hereford
Distance: 17-18 miles (27-29km). High point: 180m (594ft) Capler Camp.
Another Jekyll and Hyde stretch going from pastoral riverside walking to a hilly up and down scramble through a patchwork of woodlands and fields forming part of the Woolhope Dome. There are also traditional Herefordshire orchards, black and white villages and mellow sandstone buildings. The final section of the walk follows the Wye floodplain into the City of Hereford, dominated by its fine cathedral.