With its meandering rivers, ancient forests and rolling hills, the Wye Valley makes a fantastic destination for a walking holiday. Whether you want to spend a long weekend exploring the area’s waterways and woodlands, or you’re planning a long-distance trek, the Wye Valley has something for everyone. Here are some of our favourite routes to get you in the mood for adventure.
Wye Valley Walk
As @VisitDeanWye describes, “This beautiful 136 mile (218km) trail follows the river valley from Chepstow in Monmouthshire to the slopes of Plynlimon in Powys, crisscrossing the border between England and Wales.” If you don’t have time to tackle the full route, it can easily be split into smaller sections. The walks from Chepstow to Monmouth, Monmouth to Ross-on-Wye and Ross-on-Wye to Hereford are all around 17 miles in length.
All sections of the route take in beautiful scenery and historic sights, allowing you to see some of the best the Wye Valley has to offer. If you’re feeling energetic, continue on to Hereford, Hay-on-Wye, Rhayader and Plynlimon. The route is marked by a distinctive flying salmon logo.
This picturesque walking and cycling route stretches for five and a half miles from Goodrich Castle to Monmouth. The middle section of the route is completely free of traffic, making it ideal for family walks and beginner cyclists. An alternative starting point for the path is the Jubilee car park in Whitchurch. If you start here, you’ll need to catch the ferry across the River Wye at Symonds Yat. When you get to Symonds Yat, you can take an optional detour and climb the path to the viewpoint. From there, you may well spot peregrine falcons flying in the valley below you.
Though it’s just four miles long, the Redbrook Walk is relatively demanding. The route takes in steep lanes, picturesque villages and even a local pub, allowing you to stop and refuel after a day in the fresh air. The route is circular, so you can start and end wherever is most convenient. A large section of the walk is along the banks of the River Wye, you’ll also pass the pretty old church in Penault and some beautiful Wye Valley countryside.
English Bicknor Walk
At just three miles long, the English Bicknor Walk is the perfect choice for an afternoon stroll. The route starts in English Bicknor Village and then takes you through beautiful countryside to Yat Rock viewpoint. Once you’ve admired the panoramic vistas from the rock, head down towards the river and then follow the banks of the Wye back towards English Bicknor.
If this has got you in the mood for a good walk, we can help you plan your trip to the Wye Valley. Explore our site or get in touch with a member of our team to find out more.