This guidebook includes 30 day walks in the stunning and varied lands of the Wye Valley. From its source on Plynlimon in the Welsh Cambrian mountains, down along the Wales-England border through Hay-on-Why, Hereford and Chepstow to the Severn Estuary.
The routes in this guide are circular, and range in length between 5 and 15km. Every route description is accompanied by an annotated OS map, and includes details on points of interest along the way to enhance your wandering.
The Wye Valley is known for its beauty and wide range of scenery; a walkers' paradise at any time of year. From the high moorland near the source, down through gentle green hills, before diving into the woods and limestone gorge near the sea.
Practical details such as the amount of ascent and timings information are included for every walk, as are details on public transport and parking facilities. Other useful information on the river's history, geology and wildlife ensure that this is an ideal companion to exploring the impressive range of walking the Wye Valley offers.
Mike Dunn was born and bred in the English Midlands but has lived in Penarth in the Vale of Glamorgan for over 25 years. He has worked for the Welsh Assembly Government, specialising in environmental and conservation issues, and has also written widely on landscape, walking, pubs and real ale. Mike's favourite locations for walking are the Welsh borders, the Hebridean Islands and the Lake District.
Map key Overview map Introduction Geology and landscape Plants and wildlife Man's impact on the landscape Getting to and around the Wye Valley Where to Stay When to go and what to take Maps and waymarking Using this guide 1 The Lower Wye: Chepstow to Ross on Wye Walk 1 The Lancaut Peninsula Walk 2 The Wyndcliff Walk 3 The Devil's Pulpit from the East Walk 4 Tintern and the Angidy Valley Walk 5 Trellech and Beacon Hill Walk 6 The Kymin Walk 7 King Arthur's Cave and the Seven Sisters Walk 8 Coppet Hill and Goodrich 2 The Middle Wye: Ross-on-Wye to Hay-on-Wye Walk 9 Sellack and Hoarwithy Walk 10 Capler Camp from Fownhope Walk 11 Haugh Wood Walk 12 Aconbury Hill Walk 13 Breinton Springs Walk 14 Black and White Weobley Walk 15 Arthur's Stone and Merbach Common Walk 16 Kilvert's Clyro 3 Upper Middle Wye: Hay-on-Wye to Newbridge-on-Wye Walk 17 Talgarth and Llanelieu Walk 18 The Begwns Walk 19 Brechfa Pool Walk 20 Llewellyn's Cave and Aberedw Rocks Walk 21 Llandeilo Hill and Twm Tobacco's Grave Walk 22 Builth and Banc-y-Celyn Walk 23 Cors y Llyn Walk 24 Shaky Bridge 4 The Upper Wye: Newbridge-on-Wye to Plynlimon Walk 25 Above the Elan Valley reservoirs Walk 26 Drygarn Fawr Walk 27 Gilfach Farm Walk 28 The Monks' Trod Walk 29 Llangurig to Llanidloes Walk 30 Plynlimon and the source of the Wye Appendix A Route Summary Table Appendix B Useful contacts