Ross-on-Wye is situated in the beautiful Wye Valley and the walking in the area is superb. Ross is known as “The Gateway to the Wye Valley” and is a wonderful base from which to explore the area on foot or other means.

Within a 30-minute drive you may enjoy the walking in the Forest of Dean, one of the finest ancient woodlands in the country, with a unique culture and a fantastic industrial heritage; the Malvern Hills are an incredible spine of ancient granite hills that push up from the flatter lands of Herefordshire and Worcestershire. To the West of Ross the Black Mountains are a visible marker of the border between England and Wales and offer some stunning walks. The Offa’s Dyke Path runs along the top of the range of mountains visible from Ross.

You can come to Ross-on-Wye and explore walks around the town’s hidden alleyways, accessible trail and historical buildings; you can go from here up or down the River Wye with its 8km wide Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) corridor through Herefordshire and Monmouthshire; you can head to the depths of the ancient Forest of Dean, or to the heights of old forts on the Malvern Hills or to the Black Mountains; or you can just ramble amongst the rolling landscapes of Herefordshire with its churches, artists, pubs and spectacular views.
Ross-on-Wye offers:

  • a 3-day guided walking festival in late September each year
  • self-guided local walks which are ideal for meeting friends or just getting fresh air
  • local walking groups who offer a regular programme of friendly rambles
  • special walking for health weekly walks
  • Other local walks taking in specific interest points
  • A key place to stay for people wanting to explore the various long-distance trails that pass by – including the Ross Round (29 km/18 miles), Herefordshire Trail (250km/154 miles), Wye Valley Walk (180km/112 miles) or the nearby Offa’s Dyke Walk (285km/175 miles

Ross was the first town in Herefordshire to gain Walkers are Welcome accreditation but now there are three others, Kington, Bromyard and Leominster. All three are within a 30 to 40 minute drive from Ross. In adition there is Chepstow in the Lower Wye Valley on the Welsh side of the border. Two long distance walks pass through Ross. The first is the linear Wye Valley Walk that runs from Chepstow to the source of the river Wye in Central Wales. The second is The Herefordshire Trail, a circular walk of about 157 miles that connects all five of the County’s Market Towns; Ross, Kington, Leominster, Bromyard and Ledbury.

You can download a Mac app of a self-guided audio tour of Ross-on-Wye.
There are also heritage walking tours of Ross-on-Wye

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