Wye Valley Walk

Wye Valley Walk Map

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Ever since the 18th century, when it was 'discovered' by artists, writers and poets like Turner, Coleridge and Wordsworth, the Wye has been described as the most beautiful river in Wales. This delightful trail follows the Wye from Chepstow, where the waters of the river empty into the Severn Estuary, to its source on the slopes of Plynlimon in mid-Wales. The river passes through some of the finest scenery in Wales; sweeping through deep gorges beneath towering limestone cliffs and ancient woodland, meandering through the water meadows, farmland and apple orchards of Herefordshire and tumbling through the rolling hills and secluded valleys of the Cambrian Mountains.

Highlights of the trail include historic market towns like Rhayader, Builth Wells, Ross-on-Wye, Monmouth and Chepstow; Hay-on-Wye, the 'book capital' of Britain; Hereford with its magnificent cathedral, whose treasures include the Mappa Mundi and the largest chained library in the world; Gilfach, a unique Medieval Welsh Longhouse; sleepy villages with ancient parish churches; the Monnow Bridge Gate at Monmouth, the only surviving example in Britain of a fortified bridge gateway of a medieval walled town; the parishes of the Victorian diarist, the Rev Francis Kilvert; the romantic ruin of Tintern Abbey; and magnificent viewpoints including Merbach Hill, Yat Rock and the Eagle's Nest, which provides views across seven counties.

The Wye Valley is also noted for its wildlife. The Wye provides superb fishing opportunities, not only for wader-clad fly fishermen seeking salmon and trout, but also for heron, kingfisher and otter. The ancient broad-leaved woodlands bordering the river support deer, squirrels and a wide variety of birds. Nesting peregrine falcons may be seen near Yat Rock and the rare red kite may be spotted soaring over the hills of mid-Wales.

Holiday Highlights

  • Crossing through five counties as you zigzag along the River Wye on the border of England and Wales.
  • Admiring the majestic Red Kites in the skies above Rhayader.
  • Walking through unspoilt riverside scenery.
  • Enjoying the sight of Tintern Abbey as it emerges on the route from Chepstow.

Wye Valley Walk

Total Distance 137 miles (219 km)
Start and Finish Chepstow to Rhyd-y-Benwch/Llangurig
Availability 2nd January to 24th December
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Wye Valley Bluith Wells Bridge
River Wye
Wye Valley and Forest of Dean
Tour Code Itinerary Tour Price    
WVW1(R) 11 nights, 10 days walking £920 per person More Information Book Online
WVW2(R) 12 nights, 11 days walking £1000 per person More Information Book Online
WVW3(R) 13 nights, 12 days walking £1090 per person More Information Book Online
WVW4(R) 14 nights, 13 days walking £1165 per person More Information Book Online
Our prices are based upon two people sharing a room. If you are walking on your own, or are part of a group, but require a room of your own, one of the following charges applies:
£35 per person / per night
£25 per person / per night
You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:
Extra night (Standard)
£60 per person / per night
All of our prices are in British pounds (£). Use our currency converter to convert British pounds (£) to your country’s currency.

The price that you pay includes:

  • accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • door to door luggage transfers for every day of your tour.
  • maps, guidebooks and a tour pack detailing specific information about your holiday.
Tour Code Itinerary Tour Price    
WVW1(R)-D 11 nights, 10 days walking £1030 per person More Information Book Online
WVW2(R)-D 12 nights, 11 days walking £1120 per person More Information Book Online
WVW3(R)-D 13 nights, 12 days walking £1220 per person More Information Book Online
£8 per dog / walking day
Our prices are based upon two people sharing a room. If you are walking on your own, or are part of a group, but require a room of your own, one of the following charges applies:
£35 per person / per night
£25 per person / per night
You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:
Extra night (Standard)
£65 per person / per night
All of our prices are in British pounds (£). Use our currency converter to convert British pounds (£) to your country’s currency.

The price that you pay includes:

  • accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • door to door luggage transfers for every day of your tour.
  • maps, guidebooks and a tour pack detailing specific information about your holiday.
Don’t have the time for the complete walk?

We also offer the Wye Valley Walk in two sections, each of which is a spectacular walk in its own right, giving those with less time the opportunity to complete the trail in stages.

If you've only got three or four days to spare, the Wye Valley Short Break is a fantastic circular break from Chepstow which utilises part of the Offa's Dyke Path, encountering some incredible scenery across the Wye Valley.


Wye Valley Walk - North Section

Wye Valley Walk - North Map

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Total Distance 62 miles (99 km)
Start and Finish Hay-on-Wye to Rhyd-y-benwch
Availability 2nd January to 24th December

The North Section of the Wye Valley Walk starts at Hay-on-Wye on the eastern bank and finishes at the pretty settlement of Rhyd-y-Benwch. The trail passes through some of the most spectacular scenery in Wales, taking in the winding valleys and wild Cambrian Mountains.

After spending your first night in Hay-on-Wye - known as the ‘town of books.&rsquo - the walk sets off along the banks of the Wye through Boughrood and towards Builth Wells, where the remains of Edward I’s Builth Castle can be explored. The wild rapids of Penddol Rocks then appear among open moorland walking into Rhayader, a small market town from which to spot the stunning and rare Red Kite, which can be seen gliding among the hills near to the Gigrin Farm Red Kite Centre.

From here the trail passes through lush farmland and rugged hills on the way to Llangurig, before heading on to Plynlimon, the highest point in the Cambrian Mountains and the source of the River Wye. From here, there are far reaching views over mid-Wales and on a fine day, over to the Welsh coastline, as well as the five heads of Plynlimon. The final leg of this walk then encounters heather-clad slopes and quiet woodland before reaching Rhyd-y-Benwch, marking the end of this stretch of the Wye Valley Walk.

Holiday Highlights

  • Following the River Wye from Hay-on-Wye, through the Cambrian Mountains and to its source on Plynlimon.
  • Watching the fantastic Red Kites glide through the skies of mid wales.
  • Exploring the second hand and antiquarian bookshops in Hay-on-Wye.
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Tour Code Itinerary Tour Price    
WVWN1(R) 6 nights, 5 days walking £500 per person More Information Book Online
WVWN2(R) 7 nights, 6 days walking £585 per person More Information Book Online
Our prices are based upon two people sharing a room. If you are walking on your own, or are part of a group, but require a room of your own, one of the following charges applies:
£35 per person / per night
£25 per person / per night
You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:
Extra night (Standard)
£60 per person / per night
All of our prices are in British pounds (£). Use our currency converter to convert British pounds (£) to your country’s currency.

The price that you pay includes:

  • accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • door to door luggage transfers for every day of your tour.
  • maps, guidebooks and a tour pack detailing specific information about your holiday.
Tour Code Itinerary Tour Price    
WVWN1(R)-D 6 nights, 5 days walking £560 per person More Information Book Online
£8 per dog / walking day
Our prices are based upon two people sharing a room. If you are walking on your own, or are part of a group, but require a room of your own, one of the following charges applies:
£35 per person / per night
£25 per person / per night
You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:
Extra night (Standard)
£65 per person / per night
All of our prices are in British pounds (£). Use our currency converter to convert British pounds (£) to your country’s currency.

The price that you pay includes:

  • accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • door to door luggage transfers for every day of your tour.
  • maps, guidebooks and a tour pack detailing specific information about your holiday.

Wye Valley Walk - South Section

Wye Valley Walk - South Map

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Total Distance 75 miles (120 km)
Start and Finish Chepstow to Hay-on-Wye
Availability 2nd January to 24th December

The southern section of the Wye Valley Walk starts in the historic market town of Chepstow and continues along picturesque riverside scenery to the famous ‘book town’ of Hay-on-Wye.

The trail begins in the wonderful walled town of Chepstow, where the great presence of Chepstow Castle, high on the cliffs over the River Wye, serves to inspire the start of the walk along the south section of the Wye Valley Way. From here the trail passes the Cistercian abbey of Tintern, which inspired the poetry of William Wordsworth and remains one of the most romantically beautiful buildings in England and Wales, before continuing through rich pastures to Redbrook-on-Wye.

The trail the visits Monmouth, a border town steeped in history, including the 13th century bridge over the River Monnow, the Norman church of St Thomas and the ruins of Monmouth Castle, the birthplace of Henry V. From here, the walk leads to the beautiful riverside village of Symonds Yat in the Forest of Dean. Goodrich Castle is located a short distance away and from its battlements, there are superb views over the surrounding riverside woodlands.

Soon, the way reaches Ross-on-Wye, where the town’s location on top of a high sandstone cliff offers wonderful views over the River Wye. The walk then leads to Fownhope, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, not far from the Iron Age Hill Fort at Capler Hill, and continues against a backdrop of the Black Mountains and the Brecon Beacons through the historic city of Hereford and the town of Brewardine.

The final leg of this walk visits the tiny hamlet of Monnington-on-Wye, where the Welsh prince, Owain Glyndwr is said to be buried, before journeying through pretty fields and woodland to Hay-on-Wye. Also known as ‘The town of books’, Hay-on-Wye is a charming market town on the border of England and Wales, home to more than thirty second hand and antiquarian bookshops. Along with the annual Hay Festival, the town is particularly popular with fans of art and literature and will provide much to see and explore at the end of your walk.

Holiday Highlights

  • Exploring the many book shops in the ‘book town’ of Hay-on-Wye.
  • Enjoying the tranquil riverside scenery as you follow one of Britain’s longest rivers from Chepstow to Hay-on-Wye.
  • Visiting a series of historic attractions, including the castles at Chepstow and Goodrich and the romantic Tintern Abbey.
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Tour Code Itinerary Tour Price    
WVWS1(R) 7 nights, 6 days walking £585 per person More Information Book Online
WVWS2(R) 8 nights, 7 days walking £670 per person More Information Book Online
WVWS3(R) 10 nights, 9 days walking £835 per person More Information Book Online
Our prices are based upon two people sharing a room. If you are walking on your own, or are part of a group, but require a room of your own, one of the following charges applies:
£35 per person / per night
£25 per person / per night
You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:
Extra night (Standard)
£60 per person / per night
All of our prices are in British pounds (£). Use our currency converter to convert British pounds (£) to your country’s currency.

The price that you pay includes:

  • accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • door to door luggage transfers for every day of your tour.
  • maps, guidebooks and a tour pack detailing specific information about your holiday.
Tour Code Itinerary Tour Price    
WVWS1(R)-D 7 nights, 6 days walking £655 per person More Information Book Online
WVWS2(R)-D 8 nights, 7 days walking £750 per person More Information Book Online
£8 per dog / walking day
Our prices are based upon two people sharing a room. If you are walking on your own, or are part of a group, but require a room of your own, one of the following charges applies:
£35 per person / per night
£25 per person / per night
You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:
Extra night (Standard)
£65 per person / per night
All of our prices are in British pounds (£). Use our currency converter to convert British pounds (£) to your country’s currency.

The price that you pay includes:

  • accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • door to door luggage transfers for every day of your tour.
  • maps, guidebooks and a tour pack detailing specific information about your holiday.

Wye Valley Walk - Short Break

Wye Valley Walk - Short Break Map

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Total Distance 34.5 miles (55 km)
Start and Finish Circular trail beginning at Chepstow
Availability 2nd January to 24th December

From Chepstow the walk skirts along the western side of the valley to Monmouth, a delightful market town enclosed on three sides by the rivers Wye and Monnow. After this, the walk then follows part of the Offa’s Dyke Path along the eastern flanks of the Wye Valley and returns to the starting point at Chepstow.

Highlights include the spectacular viewpoints of Wintours Leap, the Devil's Pulpit, the Eagle's Nest and Kymin Hill; Chepstow's magnificent castle, the first stone-built fortress in Britain; the unique medieval fortified bridge gateway into Monmouth; the romantic ruin of Tintern Abbey; the varied birdlife along the river and ancient woodlands containing the finest selection of native British trees to be found anywhere in the wild.

Holiday Highlights

  • Visiting the fascinating castles at Monmouth and Chepstow.
  • Admiring the view from Wintour’s Leap and spotting Peregrine Falcons on the cliff tops.
  • Enjoying beautiful riverside walking in ancient woodlands.
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Tour Code Itinerary Tour Price    
WVSB1 3 nights, 2 days walking £255 per person More Information Book Online
WVSB2 4 nights, 3 days walking £340 per person More Information Book Online
WVSB3 6 nights, 5 days walking £510 per person More Information Book Online
Our prices are based upon two people sharing a room. If you are walking on your own, or are part of a group, but require a room of your own, one of the following charges applies:
£35 per person / per night
£25 per person / per night
You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:
Extra night (Standard)
£60 per person / per night
All of our prices are in British pounds (£). Use our currency converter to convert British pounds (£) to your country’s currency.

The price that you pay includes:

  • accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • door to door luggage transfers for every day of your tour.
  • maps, guidebooks and a tour pack detailing specific information about your holiday.
Tour Code Itinerary Tour Price    
WVSB2-D 4 nights, 3 days walking £380 per person More Information Book Online
£8 per dog / walking day
Our prices are based upon two people sharing a room. If you are walking on your own, or are part of a group, but require a room of your own, one of the following charges applies:
£35 per person / per night
£25 per person / per night
You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:
Extra night (Standard)
£65 per person / per night
All of our prices are in British pounds (£). Use our currency converter to convert British pounds (£) to your country’s currency.

The price that you pay includes:

  • accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • door to door luggage transfers for every day of your tour.
  • maps, guidebooks and a tour pack detailing specific information about your holiday.

Wye Valley Walk Taster Break

The most southerly section of the Wye Valley Walk is filled with enticing sights and varying terrain, making this trail taster a fantastic option for those looking for a short break. Starting from Chepstow, the trail heads northwards towards Symonds Yat, encountering charming villages, old railway stations, dramatic waterfalls and a vast range of historical architecture, such as the New Weir Ironworks and Wyastone Leys Country House.

This section of the trail meanders back and forth across the Wales-England border several times, and follows a range of woodland tracks, disused railway lines, riverside paths and hilly climbs, with a wide selection of viewpoints from which to take in the stunning scenery.

Holiday Highlights

  • Hopping between England and Wales on a historical journey of discovery and amazing scenery.
  • Catching rare glimpses of fallow deer, wild boar, bats and a variety of birdlife from the various viewpoints along the trail.
  • Setting off from the historic town of Chepstow, home to the first stone-built Norman castle in Britain.
Total Distance 23 miles (36.5 km)
Start and Finish Chepstow to Symonds Yat
Availability 2nd January to 24th December
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Tour Code Itinerary Tour Price    
WVWT1(R) 4 nights, 3 days walking £345 per person More Information Book Online
Our prices are based upon two people sharing a room. If you are walking on your own, or are part of a group, but require a room of your own, one of the following charges applies:
£35 per person / per night
£25 per person / per night
You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:
Extra night (Standard)
£60 per person / per night
All of our prices are in British pounds (£). Use our currency converter to convert British pounds (£) to your country’s currency.

The price that you pay includes:

  • accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • door to door luggage transfers for every day of your tour.
  • maps, guidebooks and a tour pack detailing specific information about your holiday.