The River Wye and the Wye Valley are perhaps the best known areas of Herefordshire. In fact, the Wye starts over in Mid Wales and meanders its way through Herefordshire and the Welsh border, into our beautiful southern region of the county and then back out down to the Severn Estuary.
The water's route takes it through several market towns, including to the south, the sandstone cliff-top settlement of Ross-on-Wye, known as the birthplace of British tourism.
Ross can rightly boast to have the first tourist built hotel in the country to accommodate those undertaking the 'Wye Tour' in the eighteenth century – the British equivalent to the European Grand Tour. So bring your sketch pad and paints to make the most of this areas 'Picturesque' beauty.
With panoramic views, the streets of Ross tumble like the strands of a maypole from the highest point at the 13th century St Mary's Church and its almshouses, to the Tudor buildings, stone pillared market place right down to its riverside pubs and hotels. For shopping, the town is dotted with independent retailers and a just outside sits a large clothing and home outlet, Labels, ideal for the designer bargain hunter.
Further south Symonds Yat is an activity enthusiast's heaven, putting the Wye and its banks to full use with rock climbing, water sports and ferries, amazing walks and picnic spots and a plethora of watering holes and restaurants. Add to that the aMazing Hedge Puzzle maze and Butterfly Zoo and you won't be short of occupation.
While Ross tells important stories about its historical residents through interesting street trails following plaques and monuments, it also gives convenient access to a wealth of visual attractions like the surrounding castles of Wilton, Bollitree and Goodrich, but only 20 minutes away to the north is Hereford City and another more celestial treat.
"Excellent location for visiting and eating in Ross as well as looking around the Wye Valley. Our host, Patrick, was extremely helpful, informative and welcoming...."