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Walking in the Wye Valley

30 varied walks throughout the valley between Chepstow and Plynlimon

Guidebook to 30 varied walks of 3 - 10 miles, in the valley of the Wye, the most scenic river in England and Wales, between Chepstow in the south and Plynlimon. Landscape ranges from open moorland to wooded gorges and is dotted with the sites of Iron Age hillforts and castles. Centres include Ross-on-Wye, Hereford, Hay-on-Wye and Rhayader.


all walks can be enjoyed in any season, although care needs to be taken on the mountain and moorland walks in the upper valley in winter; risk of winter flooding between Hereford and Monmouth


Chepstow, Monmouth, Ross-on-Wye, Hereford, Hay-on-Wye, Builth Wells and Rhayader


a number of the walks, especially in the upper valley, require good navigational skills and (in one or two cases) a degree of stamina

Must See

spectacular river scenery, with huge meanders and a classic limestone gorge; soaring moorlands in the 'green desert' of md-Wales; ancient routes including part of the iconic Monks' Trod; Palaeolithic bone caves and Neolithic burial chambers; and border castles, Tintern Abbey and industrial archaeology
11 Feb 2015
1 Jun 2022
17.20 x 11.60 x 1.10cm

A guidebook to 30 walks exploring the Wye Valley, spanning both sides of the Welsh-English border. From Plynlimon and the river’s source to the Wye Valley National Landscape, the varied routes range from short, easy strolls to strenuous upland outings.

The walks can be enjoyed in 2–6 hours and range from 5 to 5km (3–10 miles) in length.

  • 1:50,000 OS maps, reproduced at 1:40,000, included for each walk
  • Sized to easily fit in a jacket pocket
  • Notes on public transport and parking
  • Information on the region’s rich geology, plantlife and wildlife
  • Handy route summary table and overview information make it easy to choose an appropriate route

Table of Contents
Mike Dunn Cicerone author DUNN

By Mike Dunn

Mike Dunn was born and bred in Leicester but has now lived in Penarth in the Vale of Glamorgan for over 30 years. He worked for the Welsh Assembly Government, latterly specialising in environmental and conservation issues, and has also written widely on landscape, walking, pubs and real ale. His books includeThe Penguin Guide to Real Draught Beer, Walking through the Lake District, Walking Ancient Trackways and Real Heritage Pubs of Wales (with Mick Slaughter). He is married and has two daughters, and his interests include playing and organising tennis (he's a former member of the Tennis Wales Board), birdwatching, cricket and real ale. Mike's favourite locations for walking are the Welsh borders, the Hebridean Islands and the Lake District. 

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