Wye Valley Walk (Hay-on-Wye to Chepstow)
Total distance covered; 75 miles (122kms)
6 days walking based in Ross-on-Wye
Ross-on-Wye, our base for the southern section of the Wye Valley Walk, is an attractive market town situated on a bend in the River Wye. The handsome 17th century market hall is surrounded by half-timbered Tudor buildings with streets of Georgian buidings radiating out from the centre. The graceful spire of the parish church of St Mary the Virgin is particularly fine when viewed from the riverside path. The town has a particularly fine park - The Prospect - with views across to the Black Mountains. The park was originally laid out by the 17th century philanthropist, John Kyrle - 'The Man of Ross' - who also introduced a public water supply, paid for repairs and embelishments to the church tower, constructed a causeway across the water-meadows to the bridge over the river, and lived frugally in one of the houses overlooking the market square.
Ross-on-Wye offers all the services you would expect from a small rural market town, including a range of inns, restaurants and takeaways serving food in the evenings. It has a number of shops where one can purchase the makings of a packed lunch.
The daily meeting point in Ross-on-Wye is outside the Market House Heritage Centre, which is located in the old Market House, which sits prominently at the end of the High Street, right on the central junction.
Accommodation; There is a variety of accommodation in Ross-on-Wye, including hotels, guesthouses and self-catering cottages. Details can be found on the following websites:
How to reach Ross-on-Wye by public transport. The nearest railway station is Gloucester, 17 miles distant. From Gloucester bus station there are two bus services to Ross-on-Wye; one being a more frequent than the other. They are Stagecoach service No.s 32 and 33. Service No. 33 also links Ross-on-Wye to Hereford railway station.
General information on the Wye Valley Walk and the area through which it passes, can be found on the following websites:
Holiday Options 2021
Day 1: Hay-on-Wye to Byford 14 miles (23kms)
Day 2: Byford to Mordiford 14 miles (23kms)
Day 3: Mordiford to Ross-on-Wye 13 miles (21kms)
Day 4: Ross-on-Wye to Symonds Yat 11 miles (18kms)
Day 5: Symonds Yat to Whitebrook 10 miles (16kms)
Day 6: Whitebrook to Chepstow 13 miles (21kms)
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