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The Wye Valley Walk - Official Cicerone guidebook to the trail

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Available as eBook
15 Jan 2018
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.1cm
1st Published
13 Sep 2011
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The Wye Valley Walk

by The Wye Valley Walk Partnership
Book published by Cicerone Press

The Wye Valley Walk follows the River Wye for 136 miles through the beautiful and varied landscape of the Welsh borders. Typically taking 10 days to walk, the route starts in Chepstow and follows the Wye valley to the slopes of Plynlimon, Powys. The Wye Valley Walk is a perfect mix of river and hill walking, suitable for any reasonably fit walker.

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The Wye Valley Walk is river and hill walking at its finest, with beautiful and interesting landscape every step of the way.

This, the official guide to the Way, has been produced in conjunction with the Wye Valley Walk Partnership. The partnership works to conserve and enhance the natural beauty of the area, and team works hard to maintain the area's beauty for future generations.

Passing sites such as Tintern Abbey, Goodrich Castle, Hereford Cathedral and Hay-on-Wye, the walk is accessible throughout the year and is suitable for all walkers with a reasonable level of fitness.

The Wye is one of the most important rivers for nature conservation. The Wye and its banks are designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) from the source to the mouth, one of the few British rivers to receive this designation.

You can keep a record of your walk by collecting the WVW passport stamps along the route. Once you have collected six stamps – which must include Chepstow and Hafren you can send from your exclusive badge and completion certificate from the Wye Valley Walk Partnership.

  • Seasons
    accessible at all times of the year but spring is best for watching birdlife and spring flowers, autumn shows the woods at their best and winter widens the views; the walk can be muddy during rainy spells and the river can flood making certain stretches impassable
  • Centres
    Chepstow, Monmouth, Ross-on-Wye, Hereford, Hay-on-Wye, Builith Wells, Rhayader
  • Difficulty
    The Wye Valley Walk has some hilly sections but is suitable for any reasonably fit walker
  • Must See
    Chepstow Castle, Angidy Valley, Tintern Abbey, Symonds Yat, Goodrich Castle, Hereford Cathedral, Hay-on-Wye, Hafren Forest, Plynlimon

Oct 2017

page 58/59 Lydbrook Bridge Closure and Diverson 2017

The published route of the Wye Valley Walk is closed where the path crosses the river at Lydbrook Rail Bridge (National Grid Ref: SO 587 176) due to the unsafe condition of this former railway bridge. Download a copy of the map diversion.
As a consequence:

If walking upstream: walkers are advised to leave the Wye Valley Walk just east of Huntsham Hill (NGR 567 168) and follow the riverside footpath downstream to Huntsham Bridge (NGR 567 182), cross the Wye using this narrow road bridge and then, turning right, follow the riverside footpath upstream all the way to re-join the Wye Valley Walk at Lydbrook Bridge.

It is possible to remain on the south side of the river from Huntsham Hill and follow the Wye Valley Walk to the village of Lydbrook but as you cannot cross the river at Lydbrook the options between that point and Kerne Bridge necessitate walking along sections of the busy B4234 with no pavement.

If walking downstream: remain on the same side of the river at Welsh Bicknor (NGR 587 177) until reaching Huntsham Bridge (NGR 568 182,) cross the river on this narrow road bridge and take the footpath on the left to walk upstream to re-join the Wye Valley Walk just east of Huntsham Hill (NGR 567 168).


August 2012

Stage 7 (pg. 81)

The text should read as follows:

…Enter the field and head straight across to a stile on the edge of the road. The route turns right and follows the road for approx 50 metres. Cross over the road here (take care of fast-moving traffic) and up the steps onto the floodbank.

Thanks to Wendy and Stephen Olivant


Lower reaches of the Wye
Middle and Upper reaches of the Wye
Wildlife and nature conservation
When to go
How to use this guide
Public Rights of Way
Your Wye Valley Walk
Safe walking
Easy access
Wye Valley Walk Passport
The Route
Stage 1 Chepstow Castle to Tintern Abbey
Stage 2 Tintern Abbey to Monmouth
Stage 3 Monmouth to Symonds Yat
Stage 4 Symonds Yat to Kerne Bridge
Stage 5 Kerne Bridge to Ross-on-Wye
Stage 6 Ross-on-Wye to Fownhope
Stage 7 Fownhope to Hereford
Stage 8 Hereford to Byford
Stage 9 Byford to Bredwardine
Stage 10 Bredwardine to Hay-on-Wye
Stage 11 Hay-on-Wye to Glasbury
Stage 12 Glasbury to Erwood
Stage 13 Erwood to Builth Wells
Stage 14 Builth Wells to Newbridge-on-Wye
Stage 15 Newbridge-on-Wye to Rhayader
Stage 16 Rhayader to Llangurig
Stage 17 Llangurig to Rhyd-y-benwch (Hafren Forest car park)
Leaving the Walk Rhyd-y-benwch to Llanidloes
Appendix A Route Summary and Suggested Itineraries
Appendix B Tourist Information and Advice
Appendix C Accommodation and Public Transport
Appendix D Suggestions for Circular Walks
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