Join the River Festival walks team as we meander along intimate footpaths, stride across farmland, stroll through woodland and amble along the riverbank discovering what makes the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty so special. Along the way we will be joined by artists, poets, historians, foodies, paddlers and wild swimmers who will share their passion for the area and awaken you to the simple pleasures of slow travel. You can choose to book a single leg of the walk or undertake the whole challenge, staying in local accommodation.
This is the first day of a 4 day walk between Hereford and Monmouth, titled ‘Wye & Lugg’. We will be clocking up 9.7 miles through the wonderful landscape of the Wye Valley on this section from Hereford to Little Dewchurch. Led by local guides from Chepstow Walkers Are Welcome, you will discover the rich heritage of this special landscape, which was designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in 1971. The walk will start in Hereford with a jolly send off for a flotilla of artists in vintage boats who will be making the journey afloat, led by Simon and Anne Cooper in a traditional Irish Currach. Local historian Heather Hurley will drop in along the way with stories from the past, and visiting artists Harriet & Rob Fraser will create poems and capture images en-route. Paddlers, poets, artists and walkers will have the opportunity to meet up in the evening at The Harp in Hoarwithy for some creative exchanges over a pint in the pub!
The meeting point for the start of the day is Little Dewchurch. Please park in the village where you will meet fellow walkers at the bus stop adjacent to the Village Hall (HR2 6PN). Transport will be provided from Little Dewchurch to the start of the walk in Hereford. The walk will finish back at Little Dewchurch allowing you freedom to find your own accommodation for the night if you want to continue on the next day’s walk. Please bring a packed lunch and plenty to drink and wear suitable walking attire – walking boots, wet weather clothing and sun screen in case the sun shines! For those who wish to stay in the area you can find accommodation here: