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 second day of a 4 day walk from Hereford to Monmouth, entitled ‘Crossing the Wye’. We will be clocking up 9.8 miles on this section from Little Dewchurch to Ross On Wye. Led by local guides from Chepstow Walkers Are Welcome you will discover the rich heritage of this special landscape, which has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Local historian Heather Hurley will drop in along the way with stories from the past, along with visiting artists Harriet & Rob Fraser who will be creating poems and capturing images en-route. Today we will visit a cider farm and sample local juice and cider.
The walk starts in Little Dewchurch. Arriving in Hoarwithy we will give a jolly send off to a flotilla of artists making a parallel journey down the Wye in vintage boats, led by Simon and Anne Cooper in a traditional Irish Currach. Paddlers, poets, artists and walkers will have the opportunity to meet up in the evening at the Hope and Anchor in Ross on Wye for some creative exchanges over a pint in the pub!
The meeting point for the start of the day is Wilton Road car park, Ross on Wye, HR9 5JA. Transport will be provided from the car park to the start of the walk. The walk will finish back in Ross, 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: