On Foot

What better way to spot wildlife, appreciate the landscape and discover stunning viewpoints than on foot, wandering through the Wye Valley AONB?

There’s a walk to suit everyone in the Wye Valley AONB, from short riverside strolls to long-distance challenges, woodland rambles to windswept viewpoints. We have a selection of easy access routes that can be enjoyed by the less mobile, wheelchair and buggy users. These walks have been selected as they offer a taste of the Wye Valley in interesting, easy to reach places with a pleasant riverside aspect. Many are short strolls with access to refreshments and seating areas and none have steep hills or stiles to climb, making them suitable for dogs as well as their owners!

If you are looking for a longer walk then try our Overlooking the Wye leaflets which offer fascinating glimpses of the Valley’s history. For more of a challenge, two long-distance paths pass through the AONB, the Wye Valley Walk and the Offa’s Dyke National Trail, which you can combine to make a circular route through the AONB between Chepstow and Monmouth. Offa’s Dyke runs up the English side of the Wye, whilst the Wye Valley Walk keeps mostly to the Welsh side. Chepstow is the start (or finish) of the 870 miles (1,400km) all-Wales Coast Path where all 3 of these long-distance walking routes intersect.

The Wye Valley AONB is a superb base for a walking holiday. Use our selection of walking leaflets to plan a daily outing yourself, or let the walking holiday experts take the strain and organise routes, accommodation and luggage transfer for you. Why not plan your visit to coincide with the annual Walking Festivals run by our Walkers are Welcome towns in Chepstow, Ross on Wye and Monmouth? With a fascinating programme of guided walks, these festivals showcase the wonderful walking opportunities of the Wye Valley AONB.

If you are looking for somewhere new to walk then try out ‘walk of the season’, which will take you to the best places to experience the changing seasons in the Wye Valley – daffodils and bluebells lining the path in spring, walking through heavenly wildflower meadows in summer or listening to nightjars at dusk, scrunching through autumn leaves in our ancient woodlands or taking a wintery night time stroll to see the stars during the dark nights. 

 

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