All tickets £5 per person unless specified otherwise - Bookings taken from 1st January 2019

Friday 27th September

Walk 1. With Birds in Mind

Walk along the river Wye to see both riverine species and maybe some late summer migrants.

Although no species is guaranteed kingfisher and grey wagtail occur regularly along this stretch.

Return via John Kyrle Way. 

Distance: 3 miles, easy      Time: 9:00am to 11:30am     Not suitable for dogs

Walk Sponsored by Clare & Pat O'Reilly


Walk 2. Mysteries of Penyard Castle

Lovely walk through the wooded slopes of  Penyard Hill to the relatively unknown ruins of the

mysterious Penyard Castle, with its secrets and legends. There are two fairly steep ascents;

the reward of one being a great view over Ross. Please bring a drink for the break at the ruins.

Distance: 5 miles, moderate      Time: 2:00pm to 4:30pm      Not suitable for dogs
Walk Sponsored by Wye Angling and The King's Head Hotel


Walk 3. A Rural Ramble

An amble along the footpaths and quiet country lanes, through orchards and fields in this lovely

corner of Herefordshire, with good views. Returning to the Alma Inn (CAMRA pub of the year 2019),

a cosy village pub with good food and beer for an early evening meal.
Distance: 5 miles, moderate      Time: 2:00pm to 5:00pm      Suitable for dogs

Walk Sponsored by Escape to the Great Outdoors



Walk 4. The Lanes & Alleyways of Ross

Explore “backstage” Ross along some of its old lanes and alleyways. Find out fascinating bits of

history and “meet” some of the characters and benefactors of our town who starred in these

events and shaped our destiny.

Distance: 3 miles, easy          Time: 2:00pm to 4.30pm      Suitable for dogs
Walk Sponsored by Thorns Coffee Lounge


Saturday 28th September

Walk 5. Gorsley to Ross by Bus and Foot

Catch the bus from Ross to Gorsley. The walk passes through Oxlodge Wood previously used as

a stop-over for cattle drovers heading for Gloucester.  There is also an SSSI Quarry that shows

fine examples of the local geology.  From Gorsley the walk takes a steady climb to Linton Ridge

giving glorious view towards the Welsh Hills.  Bring a picnic.

Distance: 7.7 miles, moderate           Time: 9:20am to 3:30pm          Not suitable for dogs
Walk Sponsored by Truffles Delicatessen

Walk 6. Wye Valley Walk North of Ross

A varied walking route following part of the Wye Valley Walk (LDP) along the river and through

open farmland; returning via the Perrystone Estate and Yatton Wood. Takes in the three local

communities of Brampton Abbotts, Hole in the Wall and How Caple and at one point runs close

to the River Wye popular with fishermen as well as wildlife. Fabulous views back to Ross and

across to the Welsh Mountains. Bring a picnic.

Distance: 8 miles, moderate           Time: 10:00am to 2:00pm          Not suitable for dogs
Walk Sponsored by Ross-on-Wye Turkish Resturant

Walk 7. Three Special Churches

Walk through rolling Herefordshire countryside to visit the churches of Woolhope, with links to

Lady Godiva; Sollers Hope, associated with Dick Whittington; and nearby Brockhampton with

its beautiful ‘Arts and Crafts influences. A full day, that also encompasses an iron age fort, a

Roman camp and ancient oak woods - but takes it all at a gentle pace.  Bring a picnic

Distance: 8 miles, moderate           Time: 10:00am to 4:30pm          Suitable for dogs
Walk Sponsored by Field Fayre - The Organic Store

Walk 8. Ancient Views of 12 Counties

Climb up to the open and exhilarating summit of May Hill via the Gloucestershire Way and Wysis

Way to enjoy the spectacular views from this ancient wooded beacon and Iron Age fort site. 

Find out who planted the striking trees and why and where did the name May Hill come from. 

Descend back through varied woodland & fields stopping at the Glasshouse Inn for lunch.

Distance:  5½ miles, moderate           Time: 10.00am to 3.00pm.          Not suitable for dogs
Walk Sponsored by Multiprint - Print & Design

Walk 9. Geology of the Wye Valley Gorge Area

Explore the gorge and hear geological tales of flash floods and tropical seas. Look at man’s

impact from an iron age fort to King Arthur’s cave. See what a Victorian ironmaster and MP

did to the landscape to impress his guests.  Bring a picnic.

Distance: 4 miles, moderate           Time: 10:00am to 3:00pm         Suitable for dogs

Walk Sponsored by the Bridge House


Walk 10. The Last Cream Tea of Summer

An easy stile-free walk along field paths and lanes to Broome Farm, a 300 year-old working

cider farm. Meet the resident alpacas, the cider-making team and enjoy a sumptuous cream

tea, returning back through the cider orchards. Opportunities to buy the cider at the end.

Distance: 3 miles, easy           Time: 2:00pm to 5.30pm             Suitable for dogs
Cost:  £12 (includes Cream Tea)     

Walk Sponsored by Ross Cider & Perry


Sunday 29th September

Walk 11. The Forest's Dirty Heritage

An opportunity to see extraordinary industrial heritage set amidst some of the loveliest forest

landscapes. Roman, or even Pre-Roman iron workings that may have inspired the Lord of the

Rings stories; the partially restored iron works that produced some of the rails for our early

railways; and long abandoned coal tips - and hear how to become a Free Miner!  Bring a picnic

Distance: 9 miles, moderate           Time: 9:30am to 3:00pm           Suitable for dogs

Walk Sponsored by Caffe Eleganza and Audrey's Fish Bar

Walk 12. The Ross Hills

Explore the woods and pastures of the range of hills that protect the town from the south, enjoying

views in all directions.  We will see features from ancient times, from the development of the

market town and the changing pattern of agriculture and forestry. We will be back in time for your

picnic, or lunch in town.

Distance: 4 miles, energetic     Time:  9.30am to 12:30pm    Not suitable for dogs

Walk Sponsored by Wilton Court Hotel

Walk 13. Castles and Crags of the Wye

Two walks starting and ending at Goodrich Castle (English Heritage). Together, we climb Coppett

Hill and descend to the river Wye opposite Symonds Yat rocks. Both walks return along meadows

beside the Wye but by totally different routes. You can choose your path, long or short but either

will give you time to visit the castle, and its fine tea room, on return.  Bring a picnic for the longer

walk. Coppett Hill was designated a Local Nature Reserve in 2000 and forms part of the iconic view from Symonds Yat Rock that is seen & photographed by many, many thousands every year.  Coppett Hill common is unusual in that it is owned by a Trust set up by local people and has been run by local volunteers for over 30 years.  The Trust has won awards for the outstanding contribution to conservation and enhancement of the natural beauty of AONB land.  As part of this walk, there will be a short talk by a member of the Trust about the conservation work they do, the local habitats and environmental considerations.

Distances: 8 or 5 miles, moderate      Time: 10:00am to 12:30pm or 3:30pm       Not suitable for dogs

Walk Sponsored by Avellino Italian Restaurant

Walk 14. Forest Steam Train Ride

Meet at Norchard Station to catch a restored steam train puffing up the country branch line

(£13 per person payable on the day). We then walk through the ancient Forest of Dean to the

Rising Sun at Parkend for lunch - CAMRAs 2018 pub of the year. Continue on a circular route

back to the station, then ride the full length of the Forest of Dean Railway for a brief stop at the

picturesque Lydney Harbour, before returning to the start point.

Distance:  4 miles, easy          Time:  10.00am to 3.30pm       Not suitable for dogs   

Walk Sponsored by The Old Court Bed & Breakfast

Walk 15. Views of the Wye

Visiting the Ganarew Deer Park and an Iron Age fort this walk follows the River Wye as it meanders

around the Monmouth area.  Coffee break will be high on a hill and bring a picnic lunch to enjoy at

a quiet spot on the river.

Distance: 7 miles, moderate          Time: 10:00am to 3:00pm          Not suitable for dogs

Walk Sponsored by Riceberry Thai Cuisine


Walk 16. Marcle Ridge Panorama

A chance to experience the panoramic views of Herefordshire as you walk along the top of the

Marcle Ridge. The walk includes 28 stiles and a slow 400ft climb to the ridge (paced to suit the

group); and also small lanes, villages, churches. The walk begins near Woolhope, passing close

to St George's church before taking an undulating cross-country route to the base of Marcle Ridge.

There will be an opportunity for a refreshment stop during the climb up to the Ridge. We then turn south and follow the ridgeline for just over a mile and throughout there should be marvellous views of the Malverns to the east. Leaving the ridgeline we head west for a lunch stop at the church of St Michael in Sollers Hope. The route then heads north back towards Woolhope via a combination of footpaths and a very short stretch of quiet country lane. Bring a picnic lunch.

Distance: 7½ miles, moderate           Time: 10:30am to 2:30pm          Not suitable for dogs
Walk Sponsored by The Priory Coffee Shop




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