Wye Valley Walk

Wye Valley Walk

A self-guided walk along the Anglo-Welsh Border and through Wales, from Chepstow to Rhyd-y-Benwch.

3 to 14 nights
23-140 miles
Easy / Moderate to Strenuous

From £355 per person

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About the trail

Follow the River Wye along the Anglo-Welsh border and across to the river’s source in Mid-Wales on a walk full of contrasts, from deep limestone gorges capped with ancient woodland to the water meadows and apple orchards of Herefordshire.

Some steep, rocky sections may provide a mild challenge, but the walk keeps primarily to easy pathways through gently undulating countryside. The Wye Valley Walk is an intensely green and enjoyable venture that walkers of all interests will enjoy.

We offer multiple holiday options along this trail. If you wish to experience the entire trail, simply select the first option from the list below.

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  • This route includes dog friendly tour options Wye Valley Walk
  • This route includes dog friendly tour options Wye Valley Walk - South Section
  • This route includes dog friendly tour options Wye Valley Walk - North Section
  • This route includes dog friendly tour options Wye Valley Short Break - Circular
  • This route includes dog friendly tour options Wye Valley Short Break - South Section

Dog friendly tours available

Dogs are welcome on select routes along this trail. Look for the pawprint icon when choosing your holiday.

About this route

8 to 14 nights
140 miles
Moderate to Strenuous
2nd January to 24th December
Includes Dog-Friendly Tours

From £945 per person

Wye Valley Walk

The Wye Valley Walk follows the River Wye from sea to source through dramatically varied Welsh and English terrain. Starting from Chepstow, the trail traverses 140 miles as it weaves back and forth across the border between England and Wales.

The contrasting scenery found on this walking holiday is complemented perfectly by the engaging, undulating terrain. There's a real sense of achievement when looking out from the far-reaching viewpoints, which are often found en route to receiving a warm welcome at various friendly towns and villages.

Available tours

Code Tour Duration Difficulty Price per person
WVW1 From Chepstow to Rhyd-y-Benwch/Hafren Forest 8 nights, 7 days walking Strenuous £945
WVW2 From Chepstow to Rhyd-y-Benwch/Hafren Forest 11 nights, 10 days walking Demanding £1290
WVW3 From Chepstow to Rhyd-y-Benwch/Hafren Forest 12 nights, 11 days walking Moderate / Demanding £1405
WVW4 From Chepstow to Rhyd-y-Benwch/Hafren Forest 13 nights, 12 days walking Moderate £1520
WVW5 From Chepstow to Rhyd-y-Benwch/Hafren Forest 14 nights, 13 days walking Moderate £1620

Short breaks

Code Tour Duration Difficulty Price per person
WVSB1 A circular trail beginning at Chepstow 3 nights, 2 days walking Demanding £355
WVSB2 A circular trail beginning at Chepstow 4 nights, 3 days walking Moderate £475
WVSB3 A circular trail beginning at Chepstow 6 nights, 5 days walking Easy / Moderate £700

Wye Valley Way 8 nights, 7 days walking

£NNN per person
  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Route profile
  • Travel info
  • Weather
  • Holiday Highlights

Important information

Your last days walk along the Wye Valley Walk begins at the Rhyd-y-benwch car park in the middle of Hafren Forest, close to the source of the River Wye. The route will head along the river south back to Llangurig.

 

Start

Travel to Chepstow where your first night's accommodation will be booked

Day 1

Chepstow to Monmouth. 17.5 miles (28km)

Day 2

Monmouth to Ross-on-Wye. 18.5 miles (29.5km)

Day 3

Ross-on-Wye to Hereford. 18 miles (29km)

Day 4

Hereford to Hay-on-Wye. 23 miles (37km)

Day 5

Hay-on-Wye to Builth Wells. 21.5 miles (34.5km)

Day 6

Builth Wells to Rhayader. 16.5 miles (26.5km)

Day 7

Rhayader to Rhyd-y-Benwch/Hafren Forest. 24.5 miles (39km)
Transport is provided from Rhyd-y-Benwch/Hafren Forest to your accommodation in Rhayader

Finish

Depart from Rhayader after breakfast

Your Itinerary

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this tour. Sometimes there may be a shortage of available accommodation in a preferred location, in which case we will transfer you from the trail to your accommodation and back again at no extra charge. Overnight stops marked with a (T) will always require transfers as standard.

Overnight stops marked with an (L) have very limited accommodation, and therefore more often than not will also require a transfer, particularly on bank holidays and weekends. We will use non-transfer accommodation wherever possible.

The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to travel more than a mile from the trail to your accommodation in most cases; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard if practical. A very limited number of stops will require you to travel on foot up to two miles off the trail, however these instances will be clearly communicated to you if applicable.

Further transfers may also be required due to some accommodations having a two-night minimum booking policy, especially at weekends.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Dog-friendly tours are subject to a Daily Dog Charge, which will be listed below if applicable. Our standard prices per person are based upon two people sharing a room; if you are on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Traveller or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Traveller Supplement
£60.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£50.00 per person / per night


You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£65.00 per person / per night
Standard
Interactive
© Contours Walking Holidays Wye Valley Walk map
Chepstow to Rhyd-y-Benwch/Llangurig
140 miles (224 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday highlights

Crossing through five counties as you zigzag along the River Wye on the border between England and Wales.

Admiring the majestic red kites swooping and soaring in the skies above Rhayader.

Taking in the sight of the romantic ruin of Tintern Abbey as it emerges on the route past Chepstow.

What's included?

  • 8 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail, or a short distance away via taxi provided at our expense.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.

Extra Nights & Rest Days

Taking an extra night can be the perfect way to extend your holiday. Whether you spend your time exploring the area, visiting its attractions of simply resting your legs, an extra day can give you more time to cherish your surroundings.

Chepstow, with its wealth of historic buildings including Chepstow Castle, the Gate and Port Wall, Priory Church of St Mary, is another interesting location to spend a rest day.

The border town of Monmouth is another fascinating place for a rest day, with its 13the century bridge over the River Monnow, the Norman church of St Thomas and the ruins of Monmouth Castle.

Ross-on-Wye, located on the River Wye, is a picturesque town with a range of historic buildings, including the ruins of Wilton Castle. There are also a range of shops along the quaint streets.

The sleepy town of Hay-on-Wye is a good choice for a rest day, particularly if you are keen on books. There are over 30 book stores in houses, shops, the old cinema and the ramshackle stone castle.

The historic market town of Rhayader is a good choice for a rest day. Set in the beautiful Elan Valley, there are a range of local walking routes to discover along with a range of historic buildings. For wildlife lovers, a visit to the Gigrin Farm Red Kite Centre is a must. From here, you can see the majestic Red Kite come down to feed.

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£65.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 139.5 miles (223.5 km)
Duration: 8 nights, 7 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 16.5 miles (26.5 km)
Maximum daily distance: 24.5 miles (39 km)
Code: WVW1 Grade: Strenuous
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Chepstow
End of holiday: Rhyd-y-Benwch/Hafren Forest

Route Profile

Wye Valley Way Route Profile

Travel Information

Useful information and travel links that will assist you in your plans to travel to the start of the holiday and back from the end of it are sent to you with your full tour pack. A summary is given below:

By Air - The most convenient major city and international airports are Bristol, Birmingham and Cardiff.

By Rail - There is a rail station at the start of the trail (Chepstow). The nearest rail station to the end of the trail (Llangurig) is at Caersws (about 13 miles away), although Newtown (Powys) (about 20 miles away), may work out better for some journeys.

By Bus - Various bus services run to Chepstow. A bus runs from Llangurig to Caersws and Newtown Monday to Saturday only, so you would need to take a taxi on Sundays.

From London - Trains run from London Paddington station to Chepstow.

Return To The Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail, is to take a bus/taxi from Llangurig to Caersws rail station. From there trains run to Chepstow.

Weather Information

To find out more about the weather forecast for your chosen holiday's general location, please see the following websites:

  • MetCheck - This website allows you to look up detailed weather information for specific locations as far as six months in advance.
  • Met Office - This website shows regional area forecasts a few days in advance, with a general UK forecast description of up to 30 days in advance.
  • Mountain Forecast - This website shows what the forecast is like up on specific hills and fells, and offers forecasts a few days in advance.
"Tintern Abbey" by Benjamin Hoyle (2023) "Tintern Abbey" by Benjamin Hoyle (2023)
"River Wye from Brockweir Bridge" by Benjamin Hoyle (2023) "River Wye from Brockweir Bridge" by Benjamin Hoyle (2023)
"River Wye and Tintern Abbey" by Benjamin Hoyle (2023) "River Wye and Tintern Abbey" by Benjamin Hoyle (2023)
"Chepstow Bridge" by Val Ball (2021) "Chepstow Bridge" by Val Ball (2021)
"Tintern Abbey" by Val Ball (2021) "Tintern Abbey" by Val Ball (2021)
"Duke of Beaumont Bridge" by Val Ball (2021) "Duke of Beaumont Bridge" by Val Ball (2021)

Customer reviews from the Wye Valley Walk

“Lovely walk. All arrangements were smooth.”
Mr Jones, UK
“Great organisation, great accommodation, amazing scenery and weather - great for dogs!”
Miss Featherstone, UK
“I’ve been meaning to do this one for ages, and am so glad I finally got round to it. The Wye is a beautiful tranquil river and, except at a few tourist-y hotspots, pleasantly bereft of other people. The scenery is stunning pretty much throughout, with lots of wildlife.”
Mr Julyan, UK
“We really did enjoy the holiday from start to finish. We liked the fact the route was tailored for a stay/dinner at one of our favourite restaurants. We also appreciated the old guide book being printed for us and the extra guide notes at the start of the walk from the source of the Wye river. The walk to Builth Wells and also Symonds Yat were beautiful but sections had their charm. The remoteness of the start was dramatic. We loved the whole walk.”
Mr Powell, UK
“Excellent walk with spectacular autumn colours.”
Mr Parish, UK
“A really lovely walk, all made very easy. All went very well, no problems. Fantastic countryside, easy path and no one else to be seen the whole way. I keep looking at the website and planning the next.”
Mr Wilsdon, UK
“Everything ran very smoothly - even the weather cooperated! Thoroughly enjoyed the experience! This was our second walk with Contours and both times I have been impressed with the attention to detail and the professionalism of the company. If we return to do another walk I would not bother considering anyone else.”
Mrs Betts, Australia
“It was lovely to explore an area we’re not familiar with. Overall, it was a great holiday in a part of the country we have not explored before. Once again, many thanks. All of staff we have spoken too have been friendly and very helpful. Though the terrain did change, all parts of the walk were enjoyable and had their merits.”
Mr Yates, UK
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