Wye Valley & Forest Of Dean

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 The River Wye from Symonds Yat, Herefordshire, England  (Matthew Dixon/Shutterstock) 

The River Wye from Symonds Yat, Herefordshire, England (Matthew Dixon/Shutterstock) 

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Why Go To The Wye Valley & Forest Of Dean?

Nestling on the England / Wales border, the River Wye is a glorious place. Just some of things you can do in the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean that you can't do anywhere else...

  • Have a lazy float down the lovely River Wye
  • Enjoy great views from Symonds Yat Rock
  • Walk and mountain bike in the ancient Forest of Dean 

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For a laid back float down a river, you may struggle to do better than canoeing through the beautiful Wye Valley - especially if you're dozing off at the back as the person in front paddles, oblivious. Stunning views of the watery meanders from Symonds Yat Rock. Right next door is the Forest of Dean - known for its huge old trees, walking and mountain biking. The drive down the valley towards Tintern and the huge ruined abbey is also top notch. The river (and road) winds across the border, and sat nav doesn't work brilliantly in these parts, so - pleasingly - most of the time you've no idea which country you're in.

 The Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, England  (Billy Stock/Shutterstock)

The Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, England (Billy Stock/Shutterstock)

 

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The essential journey in these parts is most definitely a float down the famous River Wye... 

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But that's not the only way to get around...

 Paragliding from Hay Bluff, Wye Valley, Wales  (Crown copyright 2018 / Visit Wales)

Paragliding from Hay Bluff, Wye Valley, Wales (Crown copyright 2018 / Visit Wales)

Getting To The Wye Valley & Forest Of Dean, Maps & Guides

Getting there: 2 hrs train from Cardiff, 0.5 hr by car. From London 2.5 hrs by car. Trains not brilliant.

Travel times from where you are: See the Wye Valley & Forest of Dean on Google Maps.

Maps: Find the right Ordnance Survey maps and / or get a month's free subscription to their excellent OS Maps app.

Guidebooks: Best bet is the Lonely Planet Guide to Wales.

Walking route guidance: Wye Valley AONB walking guides.

Tourist board: Wye Valley & Forest of Dean Tourism


More Wye Valley & Forest Of Dean Adventure Inspiration

 The Symonds Yat view of the river Wye again  (SuxxesPhoto/Shutterstock)

The Symonds Yat view of the river Wye again (SuxxesPhoto/Shutterstock)

It's more about quality than quantity when it comes to good adventure inspiration in the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean... Roger Deakin's book Wildwood has a chapter on the area, and here's an intriguing look at the Forest of Dean's relationship with ochre from Another Escape.

These BBC's Ramblings podcast episodes feature the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean... 

 
 

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