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 final day of a 4 day walk running from Hereford to Monmouth entitled ‘Picturesque Wye’. We will clock up 10.9 miles on this section from Lydbrook to Monmouth. 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). The walk will commence in Lydbrook where we will give a jolly send-off to a flotilla of artists in vintage boats making the journey by river. Local historian Heather Hurley will join you along the route with stories about The Picturesque Wye Tour. In the afternoon paddlers, walkers and artists will meet up at the Biblins, near Symonds Yat, where wild swimming expert Angela Jones will take anyone interested for a spot of wild swimming in the Wye. Enjoy hot chocolate around a warming campfire and some creative exchanges before the final couple of miles down to Monmouth and the end of this 40 miles challenge.
The meeting point for the start of the day is Monmouth Rowing Club Steps (on the town side of the river, just off Old Dixton Road (NP25 3YT). Transport will be provided from here to the start of the walk in Lydbrook. The walk will finish back at Monmouth Rowing Club. Please bring a packed lunch and plenty to drink and wear suitable walking attire – walking boots, wet weather clothing and sunscreen in case the sun shines! For those who wish to stay overnight in the area you can find accommodation here: