Wales

Wye Valley

Many years young or many years wise, two legs or four, everyone can find something to fall in love with in the Wye Valley. Made up of rocky peaks, limestone gorges, rolling fields, rivers and woodland, natural beauty is in abundance. Fanning out into Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Monmouthshire, it is of both huge historical and conservational importance. In other words, a must-visit for all.

So where to begin? Whether you want to soak in the landscapes, take part in an action-packed adventure, learn about the area’s heritage or wine and dine in some exceptional restaurants and pubs, there is everything to look forward to here. Home to a multitude of activities, you can discover the array of both natural and manmade attractions that make exploring the area a delight, whatever the weather. You may even recognise some of its famous places and landmarks too, like the enchanting Puzzlewood, from big-screen appearances such as Star Wars, Doctor Who and Atlantis.

To get started, one of the best ways to uncover the area is on foot. Covering a range of distances and difficulty gradings, there are countless walks that allow you to venture as near or far as you please. Spanning 136 miles, the Wye Valley Walk is a natural choice for new and seasoned Wye Valley explorers. Although, we’re not expecting you to do the whole thing at once. Starting in Chepstow in Monmouthshire, the route zigzags along the England and Wales border, following the river valley all the way to Plynlimon in Powys. Waymarked all the way, the route offers freedom and beauty aplenty.

For something a little different, the Wye Valley is a real playground for little kids and big kids alike. Hop on a quad bike or Segway to check out your skills or go underground into the depths of the valley and try your hand at caving. You can even pay a visit to the Great Escape Flying Club to take to the skies and enjoy a whole new perspective of the incredible landscapes below. From paintballing to pottery, climbing to cookery, every interest can be pursued, whether you are trying something new or pursuing a favourite hobby.

In the summer months, why not top off the day with an alfresco feast? Afterall, there’s no faster way to the heart than through the tum and in the Wye Valley, picnics are taken to a whole new level. The site of an Iron Age hill fort and location for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows I, we thoroughly recommend heading to Symonds Yat Rock. Overlooking a jaw-dropping gorge dissected by the River Wye, you can revel in the fantastic views of the valley 120m below. Make sure you keep an eye out for the peregrine falcons who nest in the area too.

For something a little more undercover, the Wye Valley is home to some of the finest food and drink producers in the country. Including everything from organic juices to wine, and cheese to sausages, you can head to a local restaurant or take some goods home to your luxury accommodation and savour the fresh tastes forged from the area.

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