Wye Valley Walk
The Wye Valley Walk is an attractive route following the course of the river Wye from its source near the rugged and remote Hafren Forest, via Rhayader, Builth Wells, Hereford and Monmouth. Along its length of 136 miles (218km) the Walk crisscrosses the border of England and Wales, offering startling contrasts from the uplands of mid Wales, through the rolling countryside of Herefordshire and dramatic limestone gorges in the south.
This beautiful river descends 2230 ft or 680m from its source to the sea and the very varied landscape includes open moorland, mountains, densely wooded gorges, riverside meadows, orchards and arable fields.
Most of the Wye Valley Walk follows official Public Rights of Way and there are also permissive sections of path where owners have agreed for them to be used. The Wye Valley Walk should be simple to follow, marked as it is by circular yellow waymark arrows to show direction, ‘leaping salmon’ discs and/or finger posts.
From the Hafren Forest, the Wye Valley Walk follows the river south-east to Llangurig, where Wales Cottage Holidays has Bryncylla, a very comfortable and spacious farmhouse for up to 9 people, along with fine far reaching views.
The Walk continues to Rhayader, passing a group of properties on an attractive organic hill farm with an abundance of bird and wildlife, nature trails, badger watching from a treehouse, a games room, bike hire and more! Couples should take a look at The Loft, while families might enjoy The Tollant sleeping 6, or The Granary sleeping 4.
In the town itself, see Wynberg, a three-bedroomed bungalow sleeping 4, and 2 Alma Cottages also sleeping 4. Both properties are about 5 miles from the renowned splendours of the Elan Valley.
The Walk follows the River Wye south to Builth Wells with much of the path being right alongside the river. See 5* Orchard House for 4 and just 100 yards down a no-through road to the river. This nearby detached property sleeping 4, Reading Room House, offers luxurious contemporary accommodation.
Nearby Wales Cottage Holidays properties include fine accommodation converted from a large C16th barn; see Dan-y-Coed sleeping 4 and suitable for disabled visitors, Tycanol for 7 people, and Pwllyn sleeping 6.
To the south of the town is 5* Dan yr Eglwys sleeping 8, a particularly well-appointed barn conversion with beams dating back to the C18th. Continuing to Erwood, see Lower Rheol with double and twin bedrooms, situated deep in the countryside.
The Wye Valley Walk turns east to Hay-on-Wye before crossing the border into England. Wales Holidays offers The Old Mill, a delightful C17th stone character cottage sleeping up to 6 in three bedrooms and quietly located within the Brecon Beacons National Park.
The river passes through Hereford and Ross-on-Wye before becoming the border again near Symonds Yat. From Monmouth the Walk continues south past stunning Tintern Abbey until it joins the Severn Estuary at Chepstow.