If you love walking you will love walking in the Wye Valley, and what better chance to learn about this beautiful area while getting your fill of exercise and fresh air, than by joining in the Ross-on-Wye Walking Festival – 3 days of guided walks along trails and footpaths offering a taste of the town and the surrounding countryside. There are 16 walks incorporating everything from steam trains and forests, caves and hills to alleyways and cream teas.
Our strong advice is to book early if you can, to avoid missing out. Take a look at the programme to book your walks. They range from 3 easy miles to 9 tougher ones and take in local geology, bird spotting, picnics, visits to local pubs and food outlets and a number let you bring your dog (or dogs!) too. All of them are headed up by knowledgeable local guides
Today Ross-on-Wye is recognised as an accredited “Walkers are Welcome” town – offering something special for walkers and others who love the outdoors.
Visitors to our wonderful group holiday home in Symonds Yat, Hollytree House, are particularly well placed to take advantage (one walk goes right past the front door). You’ll find yourselves within a stones throw of Ross on-Wye which is acknowledged as the birthplace of modern tourism, drawing visitors for over 200 years. It sits at the heart of the River Wye along which the original tourists travelled by boat and later by train and on foot. If you’re sat in the front garden at Hollytree you can look down on the river and experience the same view, largely unaltered, as that seen by William Gilpin when he travelled down in 1770 and wrote his guidebook “Observations on the River Wye”
For today’s visitors, in addition to walking there is so much to do and see, cycling, canoeing, caving, climbing and a host of other outdoor activities. There are studios and galleries to visit, and the annual Hereford Art Festival; the Borderlines Film Festival; an annual Beer Festival by the river; the lively Ross Regatta and so much more. the varied and picturesque background scenery – from the dramatic cliffs and wooded hills of the lower Wye to the rolling farmland and towering border hills, or the ancient Forest of Dean it remains much as it would have been in those past years.
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