Wye Valley Walk
The full Wye Valley Walk follows the River Wye and flows from sea to source through dramatically varied Welsh and English terrain. Starting from Chepstow, the trail traverses 137 miles (220 km) as it weaves back and forth across the border between England and Wales.
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Activity Level Moderate / Challenging
- 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.
This 12 day/11 night Wye Valley Walk follows the River Wye from sea to source through dramatically varied Welsh and English terrain. Starting from Chepstow, the trail traverses 137 miles (220 km) as it weaves back and forth across the border between England and Wales.
The contrasting scenery found along this walk is complemented perfectly by the engaging, undulating terrain that provides a sense of achievement when looking out from the wonderful viewpoints, which are often found on route to receiving a warm welcome at various friendly towns and villages.
- 11 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 packing list.
- Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.
Total distance: 137 miles (219 km).
Duration: 12 days/11 nights, 10 days walking
Minimum/maximum daily distances: 8.5 miles (13.5km)/18 miles (29km)
Waymarking: The trail is easy to follow with the assistance of the guidebook and maps provided.
Season: Start on any Saturday from March 7 to October 24 (other days of the week on request)
Tour Starts: Chepstow.
Tour Ends: Rhyd-y-Benwch.
Nearest Available Airport: London Heathrow.
Arrival in Chepstow
Travel to Chepstow where your first night’s accommodation has been booked. Chepstow, with its wealth of historic buildings including Chepstow Castle, the Gate and Port Wall, Priory Church of St Mary is an interesting village in its own right.
Chepstow to Monmouth. 17 miles (27km)
This section of the walk is almost entirely made up of paths through woodland along the celebrated lower Wye gorge. Expect dense woodland, narrow and sometimes steep paths emerging to viewpoints at Upper Wyndcliff and Whitestone. The walk also visits some attractive villages, most notably Tintern with its famous Abbey. The last few miles of the walk drop to the river, leaving the woods to follow the grassy banks of the Wye into Monmouth town.
Monmouth to Ross-on-Wye. 18 miles (29km)
Starting in open fields this is an almost entirely level stretch of riverside walking following the meanders of the Wye and passing under the spectacular limestone cliffs and woodlands of the upper Wye gorge. Pass through busy Symonds Yat with its riverside pubs, boat trips and canoeists. Then, at just over half way to Ross, the path climbs through steeply wooded hills and narrow valleys around Leys Hill and Howle Hill, before dropping into Ross from the heights of Chase Hill.
Ross-on-Wye to Hereford. 17.5 miles (28km)
Another day of contrasts going from pastoral riverside walking to a hilly up and down scramble through a patchwork of woodlands and fields forming part of the Woolhope Dome. Views of traditional Herefordshire orchards, black and white villages and mellow sandstone buildings. The final section of the walk follows the Wye floodplain into the City of Hereford, dominated by its fine cathedral.
Hereford to Monnington-on-Wye/Byford. 10 miles (16km)
Today begins as a pastoral stretch, with an easy ramble out of Hereford along the riverside, climbing a few gentle hills and passing through small mellow villages and orchards.
Monnington-on-Wye/Byford to Hay-on-Wye. 13.5 miles (21.5km)
The scenery begins to change today, with a stiff climb up to the summit of Merbach Hill, then dropping again and follow a series of less demanding hills, fields and dingles into Hay-on-Wye.
Hay-on-Wye to Boughrood. 8.5 miles (13.5km)
From the border town of Hay, famed for its bookshops and Literary Festival, a sequence of fields follow the increasingly boisterous Wye as the walk heads into Wales.
Boughrood to Builth Wells. 13 miles (21km)
Occasional climbs today to bracken covered commons with views into the valley. In the final few miles, the walk leaves the river, crossing common land and small fields into Builth Wells.
Builth Wells to Rhayader. 16.5 miles (26.5km)
The character of the landscape begins to change, with a taste of the uplands to come. Initially, the walk is a riverside ramble through tree-lined avenues, fields, small woods and plantations. Towns and villages are fewer and further between. The Wye is turning to rapids and in the final four miles of the walk there’s a climb up to open, undulating moorland with views down from Carngafallt to Rhayader.
Rhayader to Llangurig. 12 miles (19km)
The most exposed and mountainous section of the walk, it starts in small fields and woods but rises quickly into rugged hills with mountains rising ahead. There are drops to the rocky banks of the river and short stretches along narrow lanes and railway embankments, but the inevitable climb begins after about 10 miles at the Dernol Valley, before dropping to Llangurig.
Llangurig to Rhyd-y-Benwch. 12.5 miles (20km)
Your last days walk along the Wye Valley Walk begins at the Rhyd-y-benwch parking lot 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.
Depart from Llangurig
Depart from Llangurig after breakfast.
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.
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 walk more than a mile from the trail to your accommodation; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard.
Transfers allow your holiday to go ahead when accommodation directly on the route is unavailable. Local taxi operators (or your hosts for the night) will pick you up from a suitable location near the trail and take you to your night’s stay; then, the following morning they’ll drop you back off right where you were picked up so you can continue your walk.
Since we foot the extra bill for transfers, you can rest assured that we’ll get you on the trail whenever we can.
11 nights accommodation in en-suite rooms with private bathrooms (where available) in selected guesthouses, inns and hotels and B&B’s.
Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Our standard prices per person 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, then the Solo Walker or Single Supplements apply respectively:
Singles: Add $52 per night for a single room; Solo traveler add $72 per night.
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) add $124.00 per person / per night
There is a rail station at the start of the trail (Chepstow). Train from London Paddington to Chepstow via Newport (approx 2 hrs 30 min).
The nearest rail station to the end of the trail (Llanidloes) is at Newtown (Powys) (about 14 miles away). Train from Newtown to London Euston via Brimingham New Street (3 hr 30 min)