Trek Notes - Wales

Wye Valley Walk

General Information
Highlights of the trail include historic market towns like Rhayader, Builth Wells, Ross-on-Wye, Monmouth and Chepstow; Hay-on-Wye, the 'book capital' of Britain; Hereford with its magnificent cathedral, whose treasures include the Mappa Mundi and the largest chained library in the world; Gilfach, a unique Medieval Welsh Longhouse; sleepy villages with ancient parish churches; the Monnow Bridge Gate at Monmouth, the only surviving example in Britain of a fortified bridge gateway of a medieval walled town; the parishes of the Victorian diarist, the Rev Francis Kilvert; the romantic ruin of Tintern Abbey; and magnificent viewpoints including Merbach Hill, Yat Rock and the Eagle's Nest, which provides views of seven counties.

The Wye Valley is noted for its wildlife. The Wye provides superb fishing not only for wader-clad fly fishermen seeking salmon and trout but also for heron, kingfisher and otter. The ancient broad-leaved woodlands bordering the river support deer, squirrel and a wide variety of birds. Nesting peregrine falcons may be seen near Yat Rock and the rare red kite may be spotted soaring over the hills of mid-Wales.

Total Distance: 137 miles (219km)
Duration: 8 nights, 7 walking days (There is also other tours which offer up to 12 nights/ 13 days)Minimum/maximum daily distances: 161/2 miles (26.5km)/241/4 miles (39km).
Waymarking: The Wye Valley Walk is very clearly waymarked by discs with a leaping salmon logo and is very easy to follow.
Season: All year

Starting point of holiday:
End of holiday: Chepstow
Most convenient railway station (start of trail): Newtown
Onward travel: There is a regular bus service between Newtown and Llanidloes (Service 75).   The journey takes 35 minutes.
Most convenient railway station (end of trail): Chepstow

Day 1: Travel to Llanidloes. 

Day 2: Transfer to Rhyd-y-benwch, Hafren Forest after breakfast. Rhyd-y-benwch, Hafren
Forest to Rhayader.241/4 miles (39km).

Day 3: Rhayader to Builth Wells.161/2 miles (26.5km).

Day 4: Builth Wells to Hay-on-Wye.21 miles (33.5km).

Day 5: Hay-on-Wye to Hereford.23 miles (37km).

Day 6: Hereford to Ross-on-Wye.171/2 miles (28km).

Day 7: Ross-on-Wye to Monmouth.73/4 miles (28.5km).

Day 8: Monmouth to Chepstow.163/4 miles (27km).

Day 9: Depart from Chepstow.

Accommodation & Meals

8 nights accommodation in en-suite rooms with private bathrooms (where available) in selected hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail.
Traditional cooked breakfast

What’s Included
Door to door luggage transfer.
Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook describing the trail
An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night, town plans, information about facilities and places of interest along the trail and a kit list.
Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.
Emergency assistance.

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