Take A Journey into Britain’s Ancient Past
Herefordshire and the Wye Valley truly is a must visit resplendent in all the best that nature, gastronomie and history has to offer.
Starting with Hereford, a beautiful and ancient cathedral city, the civil parish and county town of Herefordshire, resplendent in its past glory and nestled on the picturesque River Wye with its adrenalin pleasing rapids.
Meander gently down towards the 17th century market town of Ross-on-Wye, especially pleasing for the culturally captivated who take time to live, breathe and absorb our art, history, poetry and literature.
Perched dramatically above the River Wye, Ross is the southern gateway to Herefordshire, the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean and the dramatic Symonds Yat. Hailed as the birthplace of modern tourism, Ross-on-Wye was central to the 18th Century Reverend Gilpin spotting a great opportunity and then establishing The Picturesque Wye Tour., it’s no surprise that Ross on Wye has long been a magnet for visitors.
Visit the 17th Century Market House which still shelters the twice weekly markets beneath its standstone arches and don’t forget to visit the ‘Man of Ross’ – a 17th Century Philanthropist, Sir John Kyrle brought clean water feet (when he built a causeway from the river crossing) to the town.
With over twenty bookshops, it is often described as “the town of books”, and is both the National Book Town of Wales and the site of the annual Hay Literary Festival.
Follow the River Wye downstream, passing Godric Castle, established in 1095, standing majestically on a wooded hill commanding the passage of the River Wye in the picturesque valley of Symonds Yat. And on to HAY-ON-WYE – known as the town of books, a small market town lying on the south-east bank of the River Wye, on the north-easternmost tip of the Brecon Beacons National Park, just north of the ethereal Black Mountains.
Hay as it is fondly referred to locally has been the venue since 1988 for a world literary festival, now sponsored by the Daily Telegraph newspaper, drawing more than 80,000 visitors over ten days at the beginning of June attracting some of the leading names in the literature glitterati from all over the world.