The Wye Valley AONB Unit runs a series of walks, talks, courses and events throughout the year. We also advertise events and courses going on in the AONB.
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Welcome to 2015 Chepstow Walking Festival!
We have a fantastic programme for you this year. Whether you are a visitor or live locally, our experienced walk leaders and guides have created 22 fabulous walks including some favourites with a different slant and a rare chance to walk around Chepstow Racecourse. We've included some evening events this year including a Welcome Buffet with a talk by the Severn Area Rescue Association, a talk by Kevin Walker on 'Forgotten Wales' from the walker's perspective and an evening walk followed by stargazing with Monmouth Astronomical Research Society.
Full details of all walks and events please visit: www.walksinchepstow.co.uk If the Festival inspires you to visit Chepstow, check out our 'stay, eat and shop' pages for details of local businesses who support Chepstow Walkers are Welcome
Thursday 9th April - Sunday 12th April
Saturday 18th April, from 10am to 2pm,
Hidden from view for most of the year and only a stone’s throw from the Ledbury Road on the outskirts of Hereford, lies a nationally important and rare population of Snake’s head fritillaries which grow on the Lugg Meadow, one of Herefordshire Wildlife Trust’s nature reserves. Luckily the Trust will be at hand to lead you to these delicate and predominantly white petalled flowers which can only be seen over two to three weeks a year when they flower in April. The Trust’s annual fritillary guided walks will take place on Saturday 18th April, from 10am to 2pm, at its headquarters in Lower House Farm, Ledbury Road, Tupsley, Hereford HR1 1UT. Wildlife experts will explain the history and wildlife that make the Lugg meadow nature reserve unique. The guided walks will leave at half hourly intervals with the first one leaving at 10.30am and the last one at 1.00pm. The cost of admission is £3.50 per adult. Children go free.
On the same day the Floodplain Meadows Partnership will be surveying the fritillaries for the fourth year running and are looking for volunteers to help count them. Anyone interested in helping with the annual count should email either Sue Holland at email@example.com or Emma Rothero at firstname.lastname@example.org. No previous experience is required.
The Floodplain Meadows Partnership is also sponsoring Herefordshire Wildlife Trust’s WildPlay team who will be leading a ‘Marvellous Meadow Explorer Trail’ for children aged 6 years and upwards. Come and find out why there is a buzz about Lugg meadow. This event, which is free, will be limited to 15 children plus accompanying adults so booking is essential. Please contact the Trust on 01432 356872. For more information on this specific walk visit http://www.wildplay.org
Teas and coffees will be available and the Trust’s Orchard Origins team will be present selling apple juice, cider and chutneys. However it would be advisable to bring a packed lunch and come equipped with good footwear and warm clothing as it can be cold at this time of year. There will also be a plant stall.
Directions: A438 out of Hereford turn left opposite the Cock of Tupsley (signposted- Herefordshire Nature Trust), Lower House Farm is the 17th Century black and white farm house down the lane. Grid ref: SO 536 404.
Parking space will be available at the Bishop of Hereford’s Bluecoat school on Hampton Dene Road, Tupsley, Hereford HR1 1UU. This is a five minute walk from the Trust which is situated across from the Ledbury road.
For more information on the Herefordshire Wildlife Trust please visit www.herefordshirewt.org.
The Spring and Autumn Watch (and now Winter Watch) presenter talks about his life in natural history and introduces his new book “A Wild Life.” An evening packed with humour and insightful facts about our natural world.
Tickets £3 (redeemable against the price of the book).
Date: Tuesday 21st April
Contact: Tickets for our events are available online at www.chepstowbooks.co.uk by phone on 01291 625011 or in the bookshop.
Welcome to Rossbeerfest!
Date: 2nd & 3rd May
Venue: Ross Rowing Club
Open: Noon till Late
The first Ross-on-Wye Beer and Cider Festival was held on the 3rd and 4th May 2014 and was a big success for both organisers of the event, the Ross Rotary Club and the Ross Lions Club. All charity funds raised go to good causes in Ross and the international stage. The event takes a lot of organising and it is down to the dedicated members of both the Rotary and the Lions to make the event happen on a yearly basis. It would also be unforgivable not to mention our supporters of both clubs, these dedicated individuals come along and help us on the day and are considered friends of both clubs. Should you be interested in becoming friends of the clubs, or considering joining us please refer to the pages on the website and get in touch!
The next Festival is to be held on the May Bank Holiday, 2nd and 3rd of May, at the Ross Rowing Club down by the Wye. This venue offers us good parking, but also within walking distance of the town centre. So why not take a little time out to visit us next year and 'sup an ale' for charity!
The Walking Festival 13 - 21 JUNE 2015
25 October 2015 To 02 November 2015. Walk with us in this centenary year of World War 1 when we discover the people and places that played their part in this Great War and World War 2.
Thu 9 Apr 2015
Sat 18 Apr 2015
Tue 21 Apr 2015
Sat 2 May 2015
Wind: 32.19km/h, NNE
Sunrise: 5:53 am
Sunset: 6:34 pm