Idyllic Woodland Scenery on the Wye Valley Walk

The Wye Valley Walk is an easy grade walking holiday in Wales that follows the river valley from Chepstow to Rhayader, ultimately arriving at its source near Pumlumon in the hills above Aberystwyth.

Highlights
  • The historic ruins of Tintern Abbey cut an impressive figure in the landscape
  • Visit the charming riverside village of Ross-on-Wye
  • Goodrich Castle, a huge Norman castle betweem Monmouth and Ross-on-Wye
  • See the 'Mapa Mundi' (a spiritual as well as geographical map of the medieval world) at Hereford Cathedral
  • Hay-on-Wye, 'Book Capital of the World' with a world-famous annual festival of literature
  • Important habitat for buzzards, peregrine falcons and red kites
  • 6 to 16 nights
  • 53 to 136 mls (view km)
  • Chepstow, Welsh Borders
  • Easy to Moderate
  • Mar to Oct
  • £490

Walking The Wye Valley

The 136 mile (218km) route intersect along the lower border between Wales and England. There are few challenges present with walks in the Wye Valley, as you follow the route through the dramatic limestone gorges that define this route. Walking through a protected area, you'll find allows for a more reflective experience as the trail weaves through the rolling countryside of Herefordshire and the remote green uplands of Mid-Wales.

The route along the river is a haven for wildlife - Red Kites, Peregrines and the Heron are all native to this area. The walk takes place in a recognised 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty', protected for both its cultural importance and its status as a site of 'specific scientific interest' (natural habitat of rare and protected species).

Wye Valley Walk Walking holidayStunning early medieval Tintern Abbey appears along your route, and old historic towns and villages – Monmouth, Hereford (with its famous Cathedral and Mappi Mundi) and Goodrich Castle. The route also meets the areas most famous old book-town, with walks around Hay-on-Wye. These are just a few of the many interesting places you can take time to explore and unwind along the way.

Where is the Wye Valley Walk?

Skirting the border between England and Wales, The Wye Valley is an internationally protected Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Its a predominantly rural region (there is one town Ross-on-Wye), where you can find some of the more dramatic scenery the UK has to offer. Walks in the Wye Valley cover dense woodland, riverside walks and climbs up forest tracks - offering you a far reaching vantage point over the valley.

Celtic Trails is based in the Wye Valley, and is the leading organiser of walking holidays on this interesting and enjoyable walk. You stay in comfortable accommodation along the way and each day your luggage is transported forward - while we take care of all the details.

Wye Valley Walk Route Update

Lydbrook Bridge Closure and Diversion 2017

The published route of the Wye Valley Walk is closed where the path crosses the river at Lydbrook Rail Bridge (National Grid Ref: SO 587 176) due to the unsafe condition of this former railway bridge.

As a consequence,:-

If walking upstream: walkers are advised to leave the Wye Valley Walk just east of Huntsham Hill (NGR 567 168) and follow the riverside footpath downstream to Huntsham Bridge (NGR 567 182), cross the Wye using this narrow road bridge and then, turning right, follow the riverside footpath upstream all the way to re-join the Wye Valley Walk at Lydbrook Bridge.

It is possible to remain on the south side of the river from Huntsham Hill and follow the Wye Valley Walk to the village of Lydbrook but as you cannot cross the river at Lydbrook the options between that point and Kerne Bridge necessitate walking along sections of the busy B4234 with no pavement.

If walking downstream: remain on the same side of the river at Welsh Bicknor (NGR 587 177) until reaching Huntsham Bridge (NGR 568 182), cross the river on this narrow road bridge and take the footpath on the left to walk upstream to re-join the Wye Valley Walk just east of Huntsham Hill (NGR 567 168)

All information on route diversions and updates will be included in your Walk Pack.

Path Walkthrough

Wye Valley Walk Map
Celtic Trails map detailing the Wye Valley Walk from Chepstow to Rhyd y Benwch (Llangurig)

The going underfoot along the Wye Valley will vary quite often, with idle stretches along the river interspersed with short, sharp sections climbing through forest tracks. That being said, the climb up does bring great rewards, with dedicated viewing platforms stationed along the valley - there really are some spectacular vantage points along your way. The best part of walking the Wye Valley will be spent bypassing mellow villages and walking out of dense woodland tracks into airy field tops, as you follow the river to its source in Rhyd y Benwch.

For such a long stretch of trail, there is surprisingly little compromise made in terms of tarmac. In fact, a lot of the route is fairly wild and rural, with very little in terms of development. Although this means that the route can be fairly unruly, it also means that a lot of the landscape stays intact, including the remnants of a more industrious past, with old victorian paper mills and railway lines left among the tributaries.

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Our Wye Valley Walk Itineraries

Prices are per person, based on two people sharing, single person supplements apply.

Chepstow to Rhyd y Benwch

Length: 136 miles/217.6km | Difficulty: Moderate

CodeDurationStart Price* 
WVW116 nights, 15 days£1,265 (pp)View Itinerary
WVW213 nights, 12 days£1,045 (pp)View Itinerary

Chepstow to Hay-on-Wye

Length: 76 miles/122.7km| Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

CodeDurationStart Price 
WVW310 nights, 9 days£835 (pp)View Itinerary
WVW48 nights, 7 days£670 (pp)View Itinerary

Chepstow to Hereford

Length: 53 miles/85.2km | Dificulty: Easy to Moderate

CodeDurationStart Price 
WVW57 nights, 6 days£585 (pp)View Itinerary
WVW66 nights, 5 days£500 (pp)View Itinerary

Hay-on-Wye to Rhyd y Benwch

Length: 62 miles/99.3km | Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

CodeDurationStart Price 
WVW77 nights, 6 days£575 (pp)View Itinerary
WVW86 nights, 5 days£490 (pp)View Itinerary

Chepstow to Rhyd y Benwch

Sixteen nights, Fifteen days
Price: £1,265 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £35 (pn)
Holiday Code: WVW1
DayLocationDistance
Day 1:Arrive Chepstow
Day 2:Chepstow to Tintern5.5 miles/8.8km
Day 3:Tintern to Redbrook8.75 miles/14km
Day 4:Redbrook to Symond’s Yat8 miles/12.8km
Day 5:Symond’s Yat to Kerne Bridge8 miles/12.5km
Day 6:Kerne Bridge to Brockhampton12.5 miles/20km
Day 7:Brockhampton to Hereford10 miles/16km
Day 8:Hereford to Bridge Sollers9 miles/14.4km
Day 9:Bridge Sollers to Bredwardine6 miles/9.6km
Day 10:Bredwardine to Hay on Wye8.5 miles/13.6km
Day 11:Hay on Wye to Llanstephan Bridge11 miles/17.66km
Day 12:Llanstephan Bridge to Builth Wells10 miles/16km
Day 13:Builth Wells to Newbridge on Wye7 miles/11.2km
Day 14:Newbridge on Wye to Rhayader9.5 miles/15.2km
Day 15:Rhayader to Llangurig12 miles/19.2km
Day 16:Llangurig to Rhyd y Benwch12.25 miles/19.6km
Day 17:Depart Llangurig

Itinerary Information: Sixteen nights accommodation, with fifteen walking days. Arrive in Chepstow on day one, start walking from day two and depart from Llangurig on morning of day seventeen

Departure Dates: This itinerary can be walked any time between Mar to Oct. You simply choose which day you would like your holiday to start on.

Rest Days: Should you wish, rest days can be taken at stops along the route, view details.

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Chepstow to Rhyd y Benwch

Thirteen nights, Twelve days
Price: £1,045 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £35 (pn)
Holiday Code: WVW2
DayLocationDistance
Day 1:Arrive Chepstow
Day 2:Chepstow to Whitebrook.11.5 miles (18.4 km).
Day 3:Whitebrook to Symonds Yat.11.25 miles (18 km).
Day 4:Symonds Yat to Ross on Wye11.75 miles (18.8 km).
Day 5:Ross on Wye to Fownhope11.25 miles (18 km).
Day 6:Fownhope to Hereford.6.25 miles (10 km).
Day 7:Hereford to Byford.10 miles (16 km).
Day 8:Byford to Hay-on-Wye.13 miles (20.8 km).
Day 9:Hay-on-Wye to Erwood13.75 miles (22 km).
Day 10:Erwood to Newbridge on Wye.14.25 miles (22.8 km)
Day 11:Newbridge on Wye to Rhayader.9.5 miles (15.2 km).
Day 12:Rhayade to Llangurig12 miles (19.2km).
Day 13:Llangurig to Rhyd y Benwch12.25 miles (19.6 km).
Day 14:Depart Llangurig.

Itinerary Information: Thirteen nights accommodation, with twelve walking days. Arrive in Chepstow on morning of day one, start walking from day two and depart from Llangurig on morning of day fourteen

Departure Dates: This itinerary can be walked any time between Mar to Oct. You simply choose which day you would like your holiday to start on.

Rest Days: Should you wish, rest days can be taken at stops along the route, view details.

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Chepstow to Hay-on-Wye

Ten nights, Nine days
Price: £835 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £35 (pn)
Holiday Code: WVW3
DayLocationDistance
Day 1:Arrive Chepstow
Day 2:Chepstow to Tintern5.5 miles/8.8km
Day 3:Tintern to Redbrook8.75 miles/14km
Day 4:Redbrook to Symond’s Yat8 miles/12.8km
Day 5:Symond’s Yat to Kerne Bridge8 miles/12.5km
Day 6:Kerne Bridge to Brockhampton12.5 miles/20km
Day 7:Brockhampton to Hereford10 miles/16km
Day 8:Hereford to Bridge Sollers9 miles/14.4km
Day 9:Bridge Sollers to Bredwardine6 miles/9.6km
Day 10:Bredwardine to Hay on Wye8.5 miles/13.6km
Day 11:Depart Hay on Wye

Itinerary Information: Ten nights accommodation, with nine walking days. Arrive in Chepstow on day one, start walking from day two and depart from Hay-on-Wye on morning of day eleven

Departure Dates: This itinerary can be walked any time between Mar to Oct. You simply choose which day you would like your holiday to start on.

Rest Days: Should you wish, rest days can be taken at stops along the route, view details.

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Chepstow to Hay-on-Wye

Eight nights, Seven days
Price: £670 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £35 (pn)
Holiday Code: WVW4
DayLocationDistance
Day 1:Arrive Chepstow
Day 2:Chepstow to Llandogo10.5 miles (16.8 km).
Day 3:Llandogo to Symonds Yat.12.25 miles (19.6 km).
Day 4:Symonds Yat to Ross on Wye11.75 miles (18.8 km).
Day 5:Ross on Wye to Fownhope.11.25 miles (18 km).
Day 6:Fownhope to Hereford.6.25 miles (10 km).
Day 7:Hereford to Monnington.11.6 miles (18.6 km).
Day 8:Monnington to Hay-on-Wye.11.4 miles (18.3km).
Day 9:Dept after breakfast

Itinerary Information: Eight nights accommodation, with seven walking days. Arrive in Chepstow on day one, start walking from day two and depart from Hay-on-Wye on morning of day nine

Departure Dates: This itinerary can be walked any time between Mar to Oct. You simply choose which day you would like your holiday to start on.

Rest Days: Should you wish, rest days can be taken at stops along the route, view details.

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Chepstow to Hereford

Seven nights, Six days
Price: £585 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £35 (pn)
Holiday Code: WVW5
DayLocationDistance
Day 1:Arrive Chepstow
Day 2:Chepstow to Tintern5.5 miles/8.8km
Day 3:Tintern to Redbrook8.75 miles/14km
Day 4:Redbrook to Symond’s Yat8 miles/12.8km
Day 5:Symond’s Yat to Kerne Bridge8 miles/12.5km
Day 6:Kerne Bridge to Brockhampton12.5 miles/20km
Day 7:Brockhampton to Hereford10 miles/16km
Day 8:Depart Hereford

Itinerary Information: Seven nights accommodation, with six walking days. Arrive in Chepstow on day one, walk from day two and depart from Hereford on morning of day eight

Departure Dates: This itinerary can be walked any time between Mar to Oct. You simply choose which day you would like your holiday to start on.

Rest Days: Should you wish, rest days can be taken at stops along the route, view details.

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Chepstow to Hereford

Six nights, Five days
Price: £500 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £35 (pn)
Holiday Code: WVW6
DayLocationDistance
Day 1:Arrive Chepstow
Day 2:Chepstow to Llandogo10.5 miles/16.8km
Day 3:Llandogo to Symond’s Yat12.25 miles/19.6km
Day 4:Symond’s Yat to Ross on Wye11.75 miles/18.8km
Day 5:Ross on Wye to Fownhope8 miles/12.5km
Day 6:Fownhope to Hereford6.25 miles/10km
Day 7:Depart Hereford

Itinerary Information: Six nights accommodation, with five walking days. Arrive in Chepstow on day one, walk from day two and depart from Hereford on morning of day seven

Departure Dates: This itinerary can be walked any time between Mar to Oct. You simply choose which day you would like your holiday to start on.

Rest Days: Should you wish, rest days can be taken at stops along the route, view details.

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Hay-on-Wye to Rhyd y Benwch

Seven nights, Six days
Price: £575 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £35 (pn)
Holiday Code: WVW7
DayLocationDistance
Day 1:Arrive Hay on Wye
Day 2:Hay to Llanstephan Bridge11 miles (17.6 km).
Day 3:Llanstephan to Builth Wells10 miles (16 km).
Day 4:Builth to Newbridge on Wye 7 miles (11.2 km).
Day 5:Newbridge to Rhayader 9.5 miles (15.2 km).
Day 6:Rhayader to Llangurig12 miles (10 km).
Day 7:Llangurig to Ryd y Bewch.12.25 miles (19.6 km).
Day 8:Dept after breakfast

Itinerary Information: Seven nights accommodation, with six days walking. Arrive in Hay-on-Wye on morning of day one, walk from day two and depart from Llangurig on morning of day eight

Departure Dates: This itinerary can be walked any time between Mar to Oct. You simply choose which day you would like your holiday to start on.

Rest Days: Should you wish, rest days can be taken at stops along the route, view details.

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Hay-on-Wye to Rhyd y Benwch

Six nights, Five days
Price: £490 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £35 (pn)
Holiday Code: WVW8
DayLocationDistance
Day 1:Arrive Hay-on-Wye
Day 2:Hay-on-Wye to Erwood.13.75 miles (22 km).
Day 3:Erwood to Newbridge on Wye.14.25 miles (22.8 km)
Day 4:Newbridge on Wye to Rhayader.9.5 miles (15.2 km).
Day 5:Rhayade to Llangurig.12 miles (19.2km).
Day 6:Llangurig to Rhyd y Benwch.12.25 miles (19.6 km).
Day 7:Depart Llangurig.

Itinerary Information: Six nights accommodation, with five walking days. Arrive in Hay-on-Wye on day one, walk from day two and depart from Llangurig on morning of day seven

Departure Dates: This itinerary can be walked any time between Mar to Oct. You simply choose which day you would like your holiday to start on.

Rest Days: Should you wish, rest days can be taken at stops along the route, view details.

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  • What's Included?

    We include:

    • High standard accommodation ranging from Guesthouses, Farmhouses, local inns and B&B's with en-suite or private facilities wherever available
    • Breakfast
    • Luggage transfers
    • Personal transfer between accommodation and path where necessary
    • Route planning and Walk Pack including Trail Guide, itinerary, accommodation direction, local interest leaflets and holiday planning

    Optional:

    If you wish to upgrade your overnight accommodation on occasion, we will be happy to arrange this wherever availability allows - prices to be advised

    The Official Guide Book should be sufficient to undertake this walk, but if you would like the relevant OS maps we can supply these at a reduced cost. The maps required to cover the whole path are:  OS Explorer 13, 14, 188, 189, 200, 201, 202 and 214

  • Price Info.

    Bank Holidays & Short notice bookings may incur extra charges.

    Rest Days ~ From £45.00 pp per night

    Single supplements ~

    Solo person bookings: £35.00 per night

    Where singles are walking as part of a larger group and are willing to share a Walk Pack: single room occupancy supplements will apply.

    Postage Overseas ~ £5.00 (Europe), £10.00 (Rest of the World) ~ per walk pack

    You can keep a record of your walk by collecting the WVW passport stamps along the route. Once you have collected six stamps – which must include Chepstow and Hafren you can send from your exclusive badge and completion certificate from the Wye Valley Walk Partnership.

  • Getting There

    Rail

    Railway stations are located in Chepstow and Llandrindod Wells, Caersws.

    www.nationalrail.co.uk

    Bus

    Bus stations are located in Chepstow and Llangurig, Llanidloes.

    www.traveline-cymru.info

    Car

    If you prefer to arrive by car, we can advise on car parking arrangements at the start of your walk

    (approximately £2.00 per vehicle per day in Chepstow) and transfers back to your vehicle at the end.

    Approximate taxi costs

    Llangurig – Llandrindod Wells - £30

    Llangurig – Caersws - £25

    Llangurig – Chepstow    £125

    Chepstow Railway Station – Chepstow accommodation  £5

     

  • Best Time to Travel

    The Wye Valley can be walked quite comfortably in any season, depending on the section and undertaking involved.  We advise walkers to avoid January to February, as the river tends to flood, making progress quite difficult underfoot.

    Walkers may want to consider visiting in Autumn, where the surrounding woodland of the valley are lit up in colours of red and gold - it's an ideal place to witness one of natures most dazzling phenomenons.

                                                                                          

Client Reviews of Our Wye Valley Walking Holidays

Our past clients rated this walk 4.7 out of 5, read a selection of 3 reviews below.

"[I enjoyed] the variety of the landscape, the river, the silence - all in all there is not much tarmac on this walk. I find walking a long-distance track most relaxing, especially when there is enough time and only a light backpack to carry. There is nothing much to decide. You just get up in the morning and go on. It’s a very good way to slow down."

4.6 out of 5

August 2016

"I like being able to focus on the walking, knowing the details are being taken care of. Thanks again for another lovely walking holiday – I recommend you to all my friends."

4.7 out of 5

September 2016

"Thank you for your friendly professional service."

4.8 out of 5

October 2016

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