While many of the people that head to the Wye Valley come to enjoy beautiful views of the river and the surrounding countryside, the region has a lot more to offer than walking and fresh air. From breweries and mountains to viewpoints and caves, you’ll find plenty to explore in this ancient and enigmatic corner of the country.
Wye Valley Brewery
The Wye Valley and surrounding area produces some outstanding food and drink. One of the best destinations for anyone interested in local specialities is the Wye Valley Brewery. Since 1985, @WyeValleyBrew has been “Producing the very best cask, keg and bottle beers, using the finest ingredients, including locally-grown hops.” A staunch supporter of the great British pub, the brewery’s beers can be found in several local watering holes. If you’re passionate about beer, book yourself on a brewery tour and learn how these great beers are made. Alternatively, visit the onsite shop and stock up on all your favourites.
The easternmost of the four ranges of hills that comprise the Brecon Beacons National Park, the Black Mountains are located between Hay-on-Wye, Abergavenny and Llangors. A popular destination for walkers and ramblers, the dramatic landscape was carved from the rock by the last ice age. As well as walking, the mountains are a great destination for mountain biking, hand gliding, paragliding and horse riding. The Offa’s Dyke National Trail, Beacons Way and Marches Way all pass through the mountain range.
Symonds Yat Rock
Symonds Yat Rock is one of the best places in the country to watch peregrine falcons. From the lofty viewpoint, you can see the birds sweeping and gliding in the valley below. Goldhawks, sparrowhawks and buzzards are also common visitors to the area and, if you’re lucky, you might even be able to spot some ospreys. From the viewpoint, there are a number of walking trails leading down to the river and into the nearby countryside. Spend a day exploring these routes and getting to know this beautiful part of the Wye Valley.
Clearwell Caves make a great alternative to the many outdoor attractions and activities on offer in the area. The perfect destination for a rainy day, and for anyone who wants to learn about the history of the region, the caves have something for everyone. The caves were formed by miners searching for iron ore and there are several levels of tunnels and caverns to explore. If you and your family want to see corners of the caves normally off-limits to visitors, book a private tour of the network’s deepest recesses.
With so much to do and see, the Wye Valley makes an excellent destination for a family holiday or weekend retreat. Find out more, and start planning your escape, by exploring our site today.