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Leaping salmon on named discWye Valley Walk

Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Monmouthshire, Powys

222 km / 138 miles
A walk following the banks of the river for most of its length but including some hill climbing, it passes Lovers Leap and Tintern Abbey. Several vantage points are achieved before crossing over the Wye at Redbrook to continue along the riverside to Monmouth.

The route then meanders on to pass English Bicknor, Welsh Bicknor and Goodrich Castle then leaves the Wye to go across country to Ross-on-Wye before reaching Hereford. Passing cider orchards, parkland and farmland, the Walk continues via Bredwardine, Merbach Hill, Hay-on-Wye, Builth Wells and Newbridge to Rhayader and now extended a further 24 miles, beyond Llangurig towards the source of the Wye on the slopes of Plynlimon, (image courtesy of Wye Valley AONB) eventually turning to meet the Severn Way in Hafren Forest, which route can be followed east to reach transport at Llanidloes.

While not part of the marked route, the source can be reached on Access Land. Explorer maps 201 and 202 are advised as they give better coverage of areas north of the route from OL 13 and 189.

In 2007 a significant re-launch of the route was completed with new signs, better waymarking and a new website with interactive maps of the route and comprehensive information about accommodation, transport and a new Passport scheme for completers.

See Wye Valley Walk website for details of a diversion around Lydbrook Bridge. The 2018 Cicerone guide shows the diversion route.


Waymark: Leaping salmon on named disc
Path Type: Paths Marked on OS mapping
Waymark: Leaping salmon on named disc
Attributes: Challenging
Start: ST533942 - Chepstow Castle, Monmouthshire View on StreetMap
Finish: SN857869 - Rhyd-y-Benwch Car park, Hafren Forest, Powys View on StreetMap
Web Sites: Wye Valley Walk Wye Valley Walk - Passport Scheme Wye Valley AONB Herefordshire County Council - walks and trails - long distance routes Visit Monmouthshire - Wye Valley Walk

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Guidebook Walking the Wye Valley Walk : from Chepstow to Plynlimon  (Cicerone Press  - 2018 )
Guidebook The Wye Valley Walk : Recreational Path Guide  (Aurum Press (an imprint of Quarto)  - 1998 )
Leaflet Wye Valley Walk - Source to Rhayader  (Wye Valley AONB  - 2007 )
Guidebook Walkers' Britain  (AA Publishing  - 2011 )
Guidebook Walking down the Wye : the Wye Valley Walk from Rhayader to Chepstow  (Cicerone Press  - 1992 )
External download Chepstow and the Lower Wye Valley by public transport  (Forest of Dean & Wye Valley AONB  - 2011 ) Download

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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
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Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps (path is named on OS maps):
OS Landranger 135, 136, 147, 148, 149, 160, 161, 162, 172
OS Landranger Active 135, 136, 147, 148, 149, 160, 161, 162, 172
OS Explorer 13, 14, 167, 188, 189, 200, 201, 202, 214
OS Explorer Active 13, 14, 167, 188, 189, 200, 201, 202, 214

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Walking, Hiking and Cycling Holidays (Let's Go Walking! Ltd)

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Route Profile:

221.9 km (137.9 miles)
5,579 m (18,304 ft) ascent
481 m (1,578 ft)  maximum height

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