Friday, 19 July 2013
Wye Valley Circular Walk from Symonds Yat to Monmouth
After a short walk you will come across the rapids at Symonds Yat, very popular with canoeists, not just the rapids but the whole section of this part of the river, with canoe hire readily available.
Once past the rapids the river is very calm with great woodland surroundings to view along the way.
The walk is clearly marked out with plenty of signs to keep you on the right path
As you proceed along the walk you will see Biblins Bridge, this is a single track rope bridge with solid flooring and feels very safe walking across. At this point you could cross the bridge and double back on yourself and catch the rope ferry back across the river to where you started. If not keep walking straight on.
You will pass Lady Wood Park, one of the few woods in Britain where long term research has been carried out to study the changes that take place when people do not interfere with natural processes.
The route is popular with walkers and cyclists alike along the way
When you reach the Wye Bridge at Monmouth, which itself is a grade 2 listed building, cross over and you will see the Monmouth rowing club, there is easy access to join the river bank and walk along past the rowing club.
Just as you pass the rowing club glance back to the bridge and admire the views
So far this walk would have taken about two hours, along the return path you will encounter a few kissing gates
A point of interest along the way is St Peter’s Church
You will pass through a pleasant woodland area with some great views of the limestone rock. After which you will exit onto open fields
As you approach to the point at which you started you will clearly see a wooden sign post for ‘The Rope Ferry’.
The whole circular walk takes about 4 hours.
Hope you enjoy part of the Wye Valley Walk an area of outstanding beauty.
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