Walk 1: Puddingstones & Pubs
Bluebells and ransomes (wild garlic) in Prisk Wood are a highlight of this 3 mile circular walk, passing two pubs, one at the top of the hill and one at the bottom! Find out about Penallt's hidden millstone industry. Walk across traditional wildflower meadows at Pentwyn Farm, down country lanes, beside the Wye and up a steep ascent from the river to Penallt.
Walk 2: Capler Circular Walk
A lovely mix of walking through ancient woodland carpeted with bluebells, beside the River Wye and up to Capler Viewpoint where a short detour will take you to Capler Camp Iron Age Hill Fort.
Walk 3: Manor Wood Walk & Manor Wood Leap
Manor Wood Walk leads to a viewpoint overlooking the Whitebrook valley whilst Manor Wood Leap gets up close to the tumbling Manor Brook, which once provided the power for paper, corn and cider mills. The brook is perfect for a game of poo sticks or some splashing about in wellies! There is also a play area for children in the Narth Glade, from where both walks start. With the bluebells out and the beech trees a gorgeous lime green this is the perfect time to explore. Details of these and nearby woodland walks in the download.
Walk 4: Brampton Abbots & Hole in the Wall Circular
Starting in Brampton Abbotts, this walk takes you on a circuit northwards along the route of the Herefordshire Trail to Hole in the Wall, where the path meets the River Wye, and then returns along the Wye Valley Walk. Look out for sand martins nesting in the holes on the far bank at Backney Common and a great variety of other river birds. You can make a little detour further to the ruins of Backney Bridge. The route turns left back up to Townsend Farm (look out for The Little Meal House, a horsebox selling drinks and treats in the farmyard) and back into the village and the church.
Walk 5: Ross Town Buggy Route
The Ross-on-Wye Buggy Route is a family and buggy-friendly walk popular with users of electrically powered scooters and wheelchairs, as well as people with young children in pushchairs. This barrier-free walk around the town passes many of its landmarks. It also takes advantage of an old railway line around the edge of the town which is a haven for wildlife. There's also a newly planted linear arboretum of around 100 specialist trees. The Buggy Walk starts at the Ross-on-Wye Bandstand on Wye Street, near to Wilton Road carpark.
Walk 6: Coppett Hill Walk
A walk from Goodrich Castle carpark over Coppett Hill. The hill is managed for wildlife by a community trust and forms one of the largest commons in Herefordshire. It is a great leg-stretching climb up at the beginning of the walk, but it ends with an easier stroll along the river bank.
From the top of the hill, where there is a Trig point and a derelict Folly, there are spectacular views north across the local farms, the meandering Wye and the distant hills of the Black Mountains and beyond. The walk is a brilliant place to spot deer, fungi and birds – including the peregrines that nest on the rugged Coldwell Cliffs.
Walk 7: Picturesque Piercefield
Follow in the footsteps of the Wye Tourists, discovering the picturesque landscape of Piercefield Park. This 6 mile walk takes you across the Piercefield Estate, retracing paths laid out in the 1750s by Valentine Morris, passing romantically named viewpoints such as the Lover’s Leap, the Giant’s Cave and The Eagle’s Nest, with its fabulous panorama. The route follows the Wye Valley Walk out of Chepstow (from the Leisure Centre). Alternatively you can start from the Lower Wyndcliff carpark north of St Arvans. Allow 5 hours or so for leisurely stops to enjoy the views.
Walk 8: Wye Valley Greenway
The new Wye Valley Greenway is a 5 mile off-road path linking Sedbury and Chepstow to Tintern. It provides a safe walking and cycling route for people of all ages. It's a great way to arrive in Tintern under your own steam (especially whilst the main A466 road is closed between Tintern and Chepstow). Once over the Wireworks Bridge in Tintern you will find plenty of local refreshment stops and attractions to visit. Why not venture to the furthest reaches of the village - to the Old Station (where railway passengers would have alighted in the past), or Parva Farm Vineyard, Kingstone Brewery or the Wye Valley Sculpture Garden?
Walk 9: Beacon Bimble
Discover the return of an ancient landscape on this gentle, short 1.5 mile
walk from the carpark at Beacon Hill, near Trellech, and around the recovering heathland owned by Natural Resources Wales. The Bimble includes a stunning view of the
Brecon Beacons, especially at sunset when the distinctive outlines of Skirrid, Sugarloaf and Blorenge are beautifully silhouetted. And if you are out at dusk do listen out for the churring Nightjar, a master of camouflage, and a conservation success story at Beacon Hill. Please do keep your dogs on leads or well under control as this site is a haven for ground-nesting birds.
Distance: 1.5m/2.4km; Time: 1 hour; Grade: easy and mainly level.
Walk 10: Woolhope Dome
This 5 mile walk showcases a fantastic landscape for wildlife. The landscape in the north around Woolhope is very different to the Welsh and southern sections of the AONB, with features along this walk such as an old square oast house used for drying hops. It is a walk for lovers of nature and geology as it wanders across the interesting geological feature of the Woolhope Dome and passes several local nature reserves. You may encounter some rough terrain, occasional inclines and in summer some long undergrowth to negotiate!
Walk 11: Lancaut
This 6 mile walk from Chepstow Castle visits a special place where the river makes a massive loop around a peninsular of land which seems lost in time. The walk follows a path running along the edge of cliffs where peregrines nest and down through ancient woodland to the romantic ruins of Lancaut Church. The views from Lancaut are unusual in that they look up to the surrounding limestone cliffs towering above the lost medieval village.
There is a shorter 1.5 mile circular walk from the carpark at Tidenham through the Lancaut Nature Reserve.
Walk 12: Offa's Dyke & Wye Valley Walk Circle
This 6 mile walk follows Offa's Dyke Path National Trail between Monmouth, via the Kymin with it's fabulous views, to Redbrook and returns along the Wye Valley Walk beside the river Wye. Steep climb up to the Kymin, decent into Redbrook and level return through riverside fields.
Walk 13: King Arthur's Cave and the Doward
Perfect for school holiday adventures, this short walk on the Doward Hill to King Arthur's Cave and the hyena's den will delight young explorers. The bones of Ice Age animals – woolly rhinoceros, mammoth and hyena were found here. Some 12,000 years ago people sat around a fire in this cave eating red deer.
Fast forward to the 19th century and' Slippery Jem' and his wife Betsy lived in a nearby cave. He boasted he had lived in his cave for 30 years (and not washed during that period)'!