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THE WYE VALLEY & FOREST OF DEAN

from £725
Perhaps the most unspoilt river valley in Britain, the Wye flows through breathtaking scenery rich in both Welsh and English history. 

Guided Walking Holidays The Wye Valley & Forest of Dean

Rambling through the Wye Valley, the ruins of Tintern Abbey come into view – beauty in stone in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The chants of long-ago monks seems to echo round these stones.

Perhaps the most unspoilt river valley in Britain, the Wye flows though breathtaking scenery rich in both Welsh and English history. From the source of northern Wales down to the Bristol Channel, the river passes many evocative and famous sites – Symonds Yat, Kilvert country, Tintern Abbey – and conjures up vivid memories of the 19th century Wye-tourers in search of the ‘picturesque’.

The area enjoys a relatively mild climate and its vineyards continue the tradition of producing wines probably started by the Romans. Over 800 years ago an abbey was built at Tintern and its ruins still stand tall. Further downstream lies the historic border town of Chepstow with its early Norman, stone built castle.

We’ll follow sections of the Wye Valley Walk, the Offa’s Dyke Path and surrounding trails meandering along the hillsides high above the majestic River Wye often emerging at superb viewing points such as Symonds Yat Rock and the Eagle’s Nest. We can take in the area’s rich history and discover the myths and legends of these borderlands.


Holiday Highlights

  • Admire the view from the top of Symonds Yat Rock.
  • Explore the ruins of Tintern Abbey below the Devil’s Pulpit.
  • Walk sections of long distance trails through the tranquil Wye Valley.
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Half board en-suite accommodation.
      Transport to and from the trailheads, if necessary.
      Price based on sharing a twin room with private facilities.
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised program, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

This departure: Grade 5

  1. Day 1

    Independent arrival at the Speech House Hotel in Coleford. Check in is from 2pm. 

  2. Day 2

    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.

  3. Day 3

    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

  4. Day 4

    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

  5. Day 5

    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

  6. Day 6

    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

  7. Day 7

    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

  8. Day 8

    Depart the Speech House Hotel after breakfast. Check out is by 10.30am. 

Travel Details

Transport to and from the trailheads, if necessary, is included.

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The Speech House Hotel, Coleford

Built in 1676 as a hunting lodge for King Charles II, the three star Speech House Hotel has been refurbished to offer modern facilities and comfortable rooms while retaining its period features.

The Speech House is located 5 miles from the Wye Valley in the heart of the Forest of Dean. Rooms are set in the main house or in the courtyard, with many offering forest views. All rooms are decorated in a traditional style and have TVs with Freeview and tea and coffee-making facilities. Wifi is available in the public areas of the hotel.

The Verderer’s Court restaurant has beamed ceilings and offers modern European cuisine.


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