The Wye Valley is excellent walking territory, offering the dedicated hiker and the afternoon stroller a wealth of interest and variety - from spectacular viewpoints overlooking the Wye to quiet wooded trails.
There are plenty of public footpaths as well as open access woodland to let you wander off the beaten track. You'll soon discover some beauty spots, wildlife and evidence of the rich cultural and industrial heritage. There are gems waiting for you. And you'll soon understand why the Wye Valley is designation as one of the UK's most outstanding landscapes.
For a range of local walks click here or follow the two long-distance walking routes that cut through the heart of this specatular pice of countryside: the Wye Valley Walk and Offa's Dyke Path National Trail.
Walk this Wye This 75 page book has 12 mainly circular walks with OS maps in the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty accessible by public transport, ranging from easy to advanced, 2 miles - 10 miles. To order your copy inc postage and package call AONB office 01600 713977 and send a cheque for £2 plus postage & packing made payable to Herefordshire Council and send to Information Officer, Wye Valley AONB, Hadnock Road, Monmouth NP25 3NG
Wye Valley Walk
Please Note. Due to the closure of the bridge over the Wye at Lydbrook, the Wye Valley Walk is being diverted via Huntsham Bridge. Full details are on Wye Valley Walk website.
The 136-mile Wye Valley Walk, way-marked by the distinctive 'leaping salmon' logo, starts at Chepstow Castle, near the mouth of the River Wye, and follows the valley to the source of the river in mid-Wales. The official updated and revised Wye Valley Walk Guide published by Cicerone, is available from the Wye Valley AONB unit. The book will help you plan your walk, and it comes with detailed route directions and maps.
Price: £12.95 plus post and package. To order send cheque ,made out to Herefordshire Council, to the AONB Offices. AONB office 01600 713977.
Offa's Dyke Path
The Offa's Dyke Path National Trail runs for 177 miles through the Welsh border country. starting from Sedbury Cliffs near Chepstow. The Offa's Dyke Association publish an accommodation guide with public transport information. For further information click on website
Walking with Offa is a cross border co operation project between Welsh and English Local Action Groups, three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a National Park and local authorities whose territories include the border area along the Offa’s Dyke Path National Trail.
Wales Coast Path
The 870 mile (1,400km) all-Wales coast path starts in Chepstow. For information go to website Wales Coast Path
Many towns and villages have now joined the Walkers are Welcome scheme, including Ross on Wye, Monmouth, Chepstow and Tintern. Several also host their own Walking Festivals.
Herefordshire Walking Festival http://www.walkingfestival.com/
MicBinks Walking Website - Lots of interesting images and info about walking in the Wye Valley
The Landscapes for Life Award recognises people who have contributed 20 years or more to the conservation and enhancement of Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs). It bestows national recognition and gratitude for the service given by staff, volunteers and elected members who have assisted the work of their AONB partnerships.
Thirty years of voluntary work by the Coppett Hill Common Trust has been recognised with the Trust winning the Wye Valley Area Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Farming Award for 2017.