Ross Walking Festival 25th to 27th September 2015

Ross on Wye Walking Festival

The walking festival takes place around Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire and its locality. The festival includes walks suitable for all everything from leg-stretchers to special interest strolls!

For general information on all walks call Sam Phillips on 01989 563874 or visit the Ross Walking Festival Website www.rosswalkingfestival.co.uk

To book an individual walking adventure use the booking system at BOOK WALK

The walking festival takes place from the 25th – 27th September 2015

Walk 1 – Backney Bridge – Friday 25th September

A circular walk from Ross-on-Wye with fine views following a section of the Wye Valley Walk. Heading out through pleasant riverside meadows and returning through the village of Brampton Abbotts. Mostly flat, with one gentle and one short sharp climb.

Backney Bridge

Backney Bridge

Distance: 5 miles, moderate

Time: 2.00pm to 4.30pm (approximately)

Walk 2 – John Kyrle Walk – Friday 25th September

The classic easy riverside walk. It follows the river downstream then cuts up onto the bluff overlooking the river Wye, on which Ross is built. The return leg passes through St Mary’s church yard and the Prospect Gardens. Hear about riots, plagues and the fire brigade.

St Mary's church yard

St Mary’s church yard

Distance: 3.5 miles, easy

Time: 2.00pm to 4.30pm (approximately)

Walk 3 – Building Stones of Ross – Friday 25th September

Building Stones provide a window back in time to the processes that shaped the landscape millions of years ago.  Join Hereford & Worcestershire Earth Heritage Trust for a gentle walk around Ross town centre to find out more about local geology.

Ross town centre

Ross town centre

Distance: 2 miles – easy

Time: 2.00pm to 4.30pm (approximately)

Walk 4 – Along the Wye by Boot & Boat – Saturday 26th September

Starting with a short walk of around 3 miles along the river bank to explore Symonds Yat West before returning to the car park for a picnic lunch. A minibus will then take us from the Canoe Centre to Kerne Bridge for an 8 miles canoe trip past the viewpoints of Yat Rock back to the start.

All equipment will be supplied with the trip accompanied by a qualified BCU instructor. Suitable footwear required for the canoe trip (no walking boots). Should river conditions dictate a cancellation of the canoe trip, we will refund £15 and take a longer walk alongside the river. Please bring a packed lunch. A bottle of water is recommended for the canoe trip. Some light refreshments are available at the Canoe Centre and the Old Court Hotel will be open after the trip. Not suitable for dogs.

Symonds Yat Canoe Hire

Symonds Yat Canoe Hire

Cost (including canoe hire) £20 per person.

3 miles moderate walk, 8 miles by canoe – 10 am to 5 pm (approximately)

Walk 5 – Follow the Wye from Sellack to Ross – Saturday 26th September

Catch the bus to Peterstow. Then it’s a fairly flat walk from Sellack to King’s Caple, How Caple, Hole-in-the-Wall and back to Ross.

Backney Bridge

Backney Bridge

Distance: 10 miles, moderate

Time: 10.00am to 4.00pm (approximately)

Park at Wilton Road car park. Catch the No 33 bus at 9.47am from the car park (or 9.47 from Cantilupe Road) and alight at Peterstow Post Office.

Walk 6 – Short Walk and Pub Lunch – Saturday 26th September

Gather at the Red Lion and order your lunch before setting off for an easy stroll around local fields and lanes before returning to enjoy your lunch.

Red Lion, Peterstow

Red Lion, Peterstow

Not suitable for dogs unless you are happy to eat in the bar.

Distance 3 miles, easy.

Time: 10.30 am to 2 pm. (approximately)

Walk 7 – Weston Cross Inn the ‘High’ Way – Saturday 26th September

From historic town to country, ending at a fine country inn for lunch. Only one stile but a fairly steep hill and a rough narrow woodland path. Lovely views. Return to Ross by bus. Not suitable for dogs

Weston Cross Inn

Weston Cross Inn

Distance: 4 miles, moderate

Time: 9.30 am to 3 pm (approximately)

Walk 8 – Around the Hope Mansell Valley – Saturday 26th September

A very attractive area just outside Ross-on-Wye. The walk goes through rolling fields and woodland. There are some short steep sections but mostly a moderate walk. We start with a visit to Hopes Ash Dairy Farm to see the milking robots in action, easy walking on hard forest tracks in the Forest of Dean. Bring a picnic. Dogs welcome on leads.

Hope Mansell Valley

Hope Mansell Valley

Distance: 6 miles – moderate

Time: 10 am to 2 pm (approximately)

Walk 9 – Walk to the Top of the World – Saturday 26th September

Gentle at first along field paths and farm tracks before the steep ascent through White Rocks to the summit of Garway Hill with wonderful 360 degree views. Then a gentle descent via Little Garway and an opportunity to visit St. Michaels Church, dating from 1180 when Garway was granted to the nights Templar. Bring a picnic. Suitable for well-behaved dogs on leads.

Garway Hill

Garway Hill

Distance: 7 miles – energetic

Time: 10 am to 2.30 pm (approximately)

Walk 10 – Forest Steam Train Ride – Sunday 27th September

Travel by train down to Lydney, then back to Norchard and on to Parkend. Alight from the train at Parkend for a short walk to a local pub for lunch. After lunch walk back to Parkend for the return journey to Norchard.

Forest Steam Train Ride

Forest Steam Train Ride

Cost:  £15 per person (includes train ticket)

Distance: 4 miles – easy

Time: 10 am to 3.30 pm (approximately)

Walk 11- Wye Walk and Lunch Cruise – Sunday 27th September

Cross the Wye using the ancient rope ferry then it’s an easy walk along river to Biblins where go over the small suspension bridge and back to Symonds Yat.

River Wye Cruise

River Wye Cruise

 

Here we’ll join our river boat for a 40 minute cruise while we enjoy our picnic lunch. Bring a picnic lunch. Not suitable for dogs.

Kingfisher Cruises Symonds Yat

Kingfisher Cruises Symonds Yat

Distance: 3 miles – easy

Time: 10.30 am to 1.30 pm (approximately)

Cost: £10 per person (includes ferry & cruise)

Walk 12 – Marvellous Much Marcle & Cider – Sunday 27th September

A walk with easy walking at the start; a longish, gentle climb; superb views; agricultural diversification, with a superb end product; a little historical whimsy; a wonderful piece of modern communications technology; a world famous tree, a magnificent church.   Optional (£8.00) tour of cider mill and tasting. Bring a picnic. Not suitable for dogs.

Much Marcle & Cider

Much Marcle & Cider

Distance: 8 miles – moderate

Time: 10 am to 4 pm (approximately)

Walk 13 – Redbrook Circular – A Good Leg Stretcher – Sunday 27th September

We head south along the Offa’s Dyke path above the Wye. A vigorous ascent will take us to the Slade Brook which is so saturated with salts that it petrifies the branches which lie in its waters.

Newland Church the Cathedral of the forest

Newland Church the Cathedral of the forest

 

We head for Clearwell village and then to Newland Church; the “Cathedral of the forest” before turning towards our starting point. Bring a picnic. Suitable for well behaved dogs on leads.

River Wye Bridge at Redbrook

River Wye Bridge at Redbrook

Distance: 11 Miles – energetic

Time: 10 am to 4.30 pm (approximately)

Walk 14 – PLUTO, Port and Venison – Sunday 27th September

A circular walk that takes in a disused railway a stiff climb to a hill with super views to the Black Mountains, together with a sad memorial and echoes of both World Wars.

views to the Black Mountains

views to the Black Mountains

Optional lunch at the Anchor Inn, Lydbrook. Suitable for well behaved dogs on leads.

The Anchor Inn Lydbrook

The Anchor Inn Lydbrook

Distance: 6 Miles – moderate/energetic

Time: 10 am to 1 pm (approximately)

Walk 15 – The Last Cream Tea of Summer – Sunday 27th September

Walk along field paths and lanes via the cider orchards of Broome Farm. Enjoy a superb Cream Tea before returning to Ross. Usually time for a visit to the cider shop (for a tasting) and an opportunity to meet the resident alpacas.

Cream Tea

Cream Tea

Distance: 5 Miles – easy

Time: 1.30 pm to 5.30 pm (approximately)

Cost £10 per person (includes Cream Tea).