Still relatively unspoilt and undiscovered, the Wye Valley is one of the most beautiful river valleys in the UK. Meandering between England and Wales, and often forming the border between the two countries, the River Wye makes a fantastic destination for a great walk. Ramblers heading to the valley have a good selection of routes to choose from, many of which tace the path of the river as it winds its way through the valley.
As you explore the Wye Valley on foot, you’ll get to enjoy some truly stunning scenery. What’s more, you’ll also have the chance to see animals in their natural habitat and learn more about this beautiful part of the world. Here are just a few of the things we love about river walking in the Wye Valley.
The Wye Valley is packed with plant and animal life. Everywhere you look, you’re guaranteed to see lush vegetation, insects, birds and other wild residents of the valley. Keep your eyes peeled for deer, wild boar, otters, water voles and even mink. You should also be able to spot kingfishers, swans, geese, herons and cormorants as you stroll along the waterside. Head out for a walk early in the morning or just before sunset to have the best chance of seeing the area’s wild inhabitants.
The scenery along the river is one of our very favourite things about walking the Wye Valley. The river itself is wide and sweeping, giving you great views as you walk along its banks. If you want to get an even better view of the area, climb up to the Symonds Yat Rock viewpoint and enjoy panoramic vistas of the Wye Valley and surrounding countryside.
There is an excellent selection of routes to choose from for your Wye Valley river walk. From short circular routes to long-distance pathways, there are plenty of walks to try in this beautiful valley. You can find information on footpaths and routes on our site or by looking at local tourist information boards.
The River Wye has long been one of the region’s most important waterways. For years, it was used by tradesmen and travellers to transport goods and people. As a result, there are a number of pubs dotted along the riverside, giving walkers a choice of excellent places to stop and refuel as they explore the area. As @CultureTrip says, “In summer, there’s nothing more satisfying than spending a lazy afternoon sitting beside the river, a pint of cold cider in your hand, watching the world go by; and in winter you’ll be welcomed by mulled wine, crackling open fires and hearty cuisine.” Some of our favourite pubs are Ye Old Ferrie Inn, The Saracens Head and the Riverside Bar.
Get more information about walking and outdoor activities in the Wye Valley, and learn how we can help you plan your trip, by exploring our site today.