Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)
Independent arrival at the Speech House Hotel in Coleford. Check in is from 2pm.
GOODRICH - COPPETT HILL – WELSH BICKNOR - GOODRICH
A coach takes us to the village of Goodrich and we take a walk along Coppett Hill and then beside the Wye looking up to the craggy heights of Coldwell Rocks; a nesting place for Peregrines in the spring and summer months. We return via the meadows of Welsh Bicknor over Coppett Hill to meet our coach at Goodrich Castle. Probably there will be time for refreshments in the castle tea rooms and an optional visit to the impressive ruins. (English Heritage, charges apply)
Distance; 9 miles with about 200m of ascent and descent.
COLEFORD to NEWLAND along THE SLADE BROOK to ST. BRIAVELS
We take the local ‘bus to Coleford and walk the uplands above to the Wye and bordering the Forest of to visit Newland church, the “Cathedral of the Forest”. We drop down to walk alongside a petrifying stream and finish the day at the charming village of St. Briavels. Time to look at the church, another castle and a tea room.
Distance; 9 miles with about 450 m of undulating ascent and descent
ST. BRIAVELS to TINTERN ABBEY via the DEVIL’S PULPIT
We take a short coach ride to St Briavels, our finishing point on Day 3, and set off through farmland and forest above the Wye, visiting some of the best-preserved parts of Offa’s Dyke. We reach the Devil’s Pulpit rock with views of Tintern Abbey far below. We return via a long-forgotten railway line to Tintern where a visit to the abbey ruins (and another tea room) is a possibility.
Distance; 10 miles with about 440m of ascent and 500m of descent
THE FOREST of DEAN INDUSTRIAL HERITAGE TRAIL
Today we walk from the hotel mainly in deciduous woodlands, past Cannop Ponds, occasionally catching a glimpse of the industrial past hidden in the forest. There are leafy quarries, old mine workings, tramways, tunnels, old railways, and even the remains an experimental iron works complex. We return on a circular route to the hotel.
Distance; 10.5 miles with about 150m of ascent and descent
ENGLISH BICKNOR to MONMOUTH via SYMONDS YAT ROCK and THE KYMIN
We are dropped off at the village of English Bicknor and walk to Symonds Yat Rock. Below we can see the path on the opposite bank of the Wye we took on day 2. We descend to the river and walk along peaceful sections before ascending to the Kymin viewpoint. From here we descend again to the historic town of Monmouth.
Distance; 8.75 miles with about 200 m of ascent and descent
TINTERN to CLEDDON FALLS and return on the WYE VALLEY WALK to TINTERN
Our coach takes us down the Wye Valley to Tintern. The walk starts with a look at the remains of the once thriving 17th century wireworks industry as we ascend the pathways of the Angidy Valley. Then we strike out across farm and woodland to Cleddon Falls, returning along the Wye Valley Walk in the steps of Wordsworth to Tintern Station. We can have tea there or further into Tintern at the Abbey Mill.
Distance; 8.5 miles with about 270 m of ascent and descent
Depart the Speech House Hotel after breakfast. Check out is by 10.30am.