Wye Valley and the Forest of Dean
The Wye Valley offers a unique landscape with a fascinating history with so much to see and so much to do.
Get Out and About
The beauty of the Wye Valley inspires throughout the year, and the secret to its irresistible attraction lies in its quiet wooded glades, peaceful riverside pathways, spectacular viewpoints and towering historic ruins. All these, as well as intriguing local churches, picturesque villages and historic market towns, guarantee a wealth of attractions for the visitor.
An area of outstanding natural beauty
Within the AONB, a 58 mile/92km stretch of the River Wye winds down through the valley through spectacular limestone gorge scenery and dense ravine woodlands. Superb wildlife, intriguing archaeological and industrial remains and impressive geological features all make it one of the most fascinating Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.Tourism is a vital part of the Wye Valley economy and here is arguably the birthplace of the modern tourist industry when Reverend Egerton started to take guests down the River Wye..
The area has many castles and lofty hill forts - and we visit some of these on our travels.
This holiday is about getting out and exploring this landscape, treading it.s magical paths, woods and rivers.The Wye Gorge is the jewel in the area's crown. A narrow zone running from Goodrich Castle to Chepstow, it is centred on the river, but also includes the steep slopes on either side. Its broadest point is at Welsh Bicknor, south of Goodrich. Here it is approximately 3 kilometres (nearly 2 miles) wide..Woods along the length of the gorge from Symonds Yat to just north of Chepstow are recognised as internationally important.
Villages in the zone include Goodrich, overlooked by its imposing castle, and the riverside settlements of Symonds Yat, Redbrook, Brockweir, Llandogo and Tintern. The area has an interesting industrial heritage associated with the river, and based on industries such as iron forges (Tintern, Symonds Yat and Redbrook), wire works (Tintern) paper mills (Whitebrook) and tinplate and copper works (Redbrook).
The Ancient Forest of Dean and St Briavels Plateau - our Walking and Strolling paradise
This area consists of Highmeadow Woods and Knockalls enclosure woods, extending to the Kymin Hill (east of Monmouth). Mostly ancient semi-natural woodland, these woods were historically managed through coppicing and timber growing. The introduction of commercial conifer plantations during the 20th century means there is now a mosaic of mature deciduous trees and younger conifers, divided by forest roads and rides. The surrounding fields are used mostly for grazing sheep. The only village in this zone is Staunton, centred on its 13th century church with its castle-like church tower.
St Briavels Plateau
This area forms the edge of the Forest of Dean plateau, extending from just north of Newland village to Tidenham Chase in the south. It comprises a gently undulating plateau, with some steep slopes around Stowe and Slade Bottom (west of Clearwell) and along the valley fHewelsfield to Brockweir. Small streams drain into the River Wye at Brockweir, Bigsweir and Redbrook.
We aim to give you variety of strolling - down by the river, in the ancient forests, along side castles, and bubbling streams.
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