Wye Valley River Festival Ross on Wye Sunday 4th May 2014

2014 will see the first Wye Valley River Festival and Ross is taking part. The idea came from the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Beauty (AONB) organisation which covers an area just north of Hereford all the way to Chepstow. Many of the communities along this stretch of the river are putting on special events. The main day for Ross is Sunday 4th May when there will be a of of activity down on the Rope Walk and on the river. Plans are in their early stages at the moment but the day will have 4 themes Historic Ross, Natural Ross, the creative arts and food and drink. More will be revealed as plans are confirmed. Continue reading

Ross Walking Festival Friday 28th to Sunday 30th September

Friday 28th

Walk1. Hartleton Lake Walk

Catch the number 32 bus from Ross and alight at Hill Top, Upton Bishop. Bus fare payable on the day, English bus passes accepted. A moderate walk around Hartleton Lakes and along the Rudhall Brook takes us back to Ross in time for afternoon tea.

Distance: 5 miles, Moderate
Time: 1.45pm returning about 4.30pm
Leader: David Collin, Ross-on-Wye Group Ramblers.

Walk 2. Through the Hole in the Wall.

This is a moderate, circular walk near Ross. It follows a section of the Wye Valley Walk alongside the river Wye through the quaintly named “Hole in the Wall”. The return route offers lovely views across the Wye Valley towards the Black Mountains.

Distance: 7½ miles, Moderate
Time: 1.00pm returning about 4.30pm.
Leader: Elinor Kelly, Ross-on-Wye Group, Ramblers

Walk 3. Mary’s Foodie Walk
Wander around the local food providers in Ross town centre. Taste specialities unique to Ross and the surrounding area. Your guide will also be able to fill you in on some of the vast history of Ross between tastings.

Distance: Less than a mile, easy walking
Time: 2.30pm returning about 4.30pm
Guide: Mary Sinclair-Powell
Cost: £4 pre booked, £5 on the day. Not suitable for dogs

Walks on Saturday 29th September
For legend see top of page.
Walk 1. Three Castles Stage 1

The Three Castles walk is a circular walk of about 19 miles, set on the borderland of England and Wales. The three castles of Skenfrith, White Castle and Grosmont were built by the Normans to defend the Monnow Valley against the marauding Welsh. The 19 miles of the walk will be undertaken in 2 stages.
Stage 1 starts at Skenfrith Castle alongside the river Monnow. Skenfrith, peaceful now, has a 13th Century church that contains a 15th Century Cope and has a wooden belfry. Today’s terrain, on the way to White Castle (entry fee charged), is mainly meadows and valleys (many stiles). The route has many good views and uses part of an old stagecoach route. The first day ends just short of Graig Hill with 11 miles covered. Transport will be provided back to Skenfrith.

Distance: 11 miles, Energetic
Time: 9.30am returning about 4.30pm
Leader: Neville Littleford, Ross-on-Wye Group, Ramblers. Not suitable for dogs. Bring a picnic

Walk 2. William & Kate’s Future Home?

An easy walk across farmland to Hoarwithy’s famous Italianate church then back through Harewood Park (Duchy land) viewing possible site for a rebuilt Harewood House for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Distance: 4½ miles, Easy
Time: 10.00am returning about 1.00pm
Leader: Harry Britten-Austin, Ross-on-Wye Walking Group. Not suitable for dogs. Pub lunch. Catch the bus

Walk 3. Dark Hill Furnace

An opportunity to see some of the extraordinary industrial heritage of the Forest of Dean. See Roman, or even pre-Roman iron workings that may have inspired the Lord of the Rings stories. Visit the partially restored iron works that produced some of the rails for our early railways. Find out how to become a Free Miner and pass long abandoned coal tips. All this, as you pass through some of the loveliest forest landscape.

Distance: 9 miles, Moderate
Time: 10.00am returning about 3.00pm
Leader: Sam Phillips, Ross-on-Wye Group, Ramblers. Bring a picnic

Walk 4. Hoarwithy Circular Walk
A route along country lanes, the bank of the River Wye and fields. Some relatively moderate climbs along two stretches. There will be an opportunity to visit the “Italianate” style church of St. Catherine’s in Hoarwithy and the historical churches in Kings Caple and Sellack. Finish at the New Harp Inn where refreshments and/or lunch can be taken after the walk.
Distance: 4½ miles, Easy to Moderate
Time: 10.00am returning about 12.30pm
Leader: Malcolm Hill, Ross-on-Wye Group Ramblers. Pub lunch

Walk 5. Skenfrith and its Castle to the top of the world

Starting at Skenfrith Castle there is a long, steady ascent alongside the river Monnow to White Rocks, then a steeper ascent to the summit of Garway Hill. Here are fine all round views – look for the Black Mountains, the Malverns and May Hill. The return is via Garway Church (with its amazing Norman Arch and connections with the Knights Templar) and dovecote.

Distance: 9.5 miles, Energetic
Time: 10.00am, returning about 4.00pm
Leader: Martin Shenley, Ross-on-Wye Group, Ramblers. Bring a picnic

Walks on Sunday 30th September
For legend see top of page.
Walk 1. Three Castles Stage 2
Today’s walk is a little stiffer with two good climbs. The first climb ascends Graig Hill for great panoramic views from the top. The path then traverses woodland and farm tracks to the beautiful, sleepy village of Grosmont. Its castle sits on a commanding mound overlooking the Monnow. After leaving Grosmont the route climbs through fine deciduous woodland before the steep descent back to Skenfrith.

Distance: 8 miles, Energetic
Time: 9.30am returning about 3.30pm
Leader: Neville Littleford, Ross-on-Wye Group, Ramblers. Not suitable for dogs. Bring a picniuc

Walk 2. The Roman Side of Ross
Route starts from Bromsash on The Ross Round (fine views over Ross and Welsh Mountains beyond), past Bolitree Castle (Richard Hammond’s House) to Weston-under-Penyard, past a Norman church, skirting Penyard woods, onto Dancing Green and Pontshill passing Handley (birthplace of Ann Greening – mother of Elgar), along the remains of the Roman Road from Ariconium (Weston-under-Penyard) to Blestium (Monmouth) where part of the cobbled surface and bridge over the stream can be seen. Through Weston and return via site of Ariconium settlement back to Bromsash. Optional tea and cake at Eastview, Bromsash at end if you wish.

Distance: 6½ miles, Moderate.
Time: 11.00am returning about 3.00pm
Leader: Sue Powell, Ross-on-Wye Walking Group. Not suitable for dogs. Bring a picnic

Walk 3. On the Beautiful Doorstep of Ross
A satisfying journey around the local hills, woods and valleys. Includes a pause halfway at a church and a pub for those whose senses thirst!

Distance: 6½ miles, Moderate
Time: 10.00am returning about 3.00pm
Leader: Judith Stares, Ross-on-Wye Walking Group. Not suitable for dogs. Bring a picnic.

Walk 4. Woodlands, Roman Roads & Iron Ore
A woodland walk, in the depths of the Forest of Dean, starting from New Fancy car park and going via Parkend, Moseley Green and Blackpool Bridge, with its Roman road, and the Drummer Boy stone.

Distance: 7 miles, Moderate
Time: 10.00am returning about 2.30pm
Leader: Alan Gillespie, Forest of Dean Group, Ramblers. Bring a picnic

Walk 5. The Last Cream Tea of Summer.
Walk along field paths and lanes to the cider orchards at Broome Farm. Enjoy a superb Cream Tea (£5 per person, payable on the day) before returning to Ross.
Distance: 5 miles, Moderate
Time: 1.30pm returning about 4.00pm.
Leader: David Collin, Ross-on-Wye Group, Ramblers

Booking Conditions
Booking Fee for all walks is £3 except the foodie walk on Friday 28th September.

Health & Safety.

It is the responsibility of all walkers to ensure that they are physically fit enough to take part in the walks that they have selected and that they have appropriate clothing and equipment.

– For most walks, walking boots/shoes are essential
– Carry sufficient water for the length of the walk

– Carry both sun protection and wet weather protection

– Take high energy snacks

The walk leaders will exercise their right to refuse to take ill-equipped walkers.


Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult


Please arrive at the meeting point at least 10 minutes before the start of each walk. This is especially important for walks that include a bus or train journey. Walks will commence at the given time, whether all participants have arrived or not.

Please note the finishing times for all walks are approximate.

The walk leader will be at the meeting place whatever the weather. However, in exceptional weather conditions, the walk may be re-routed or cancelled to ensure your safety.


Well behaved dogs are welcomed on some walks. Dogs must be kept on a short lead at all times. Walks are not guaranteed to be dog friendly; you may need to help your dog over stiles.

The booking fee – £3.00 per adult per walk – is non-refundable. If the booking includes additional payment for transport or a meal, we will try to re-sell your tickets, provided you notify us of cancellation no later than 21 days in advance of the walk date. However, our own unsold tickets will take priority. A £1.00 administration fee will be charged per ticket resold. Any cancellations within 21 days of the walk will not be refunded. Please inform us of any cancellation as soon as possible, since many of the walks have a waiting list.


Ross-on-Wye Walkers are Welcome Steering Group reserves the right to alter this festival programme without prior notice. The details in this programme are believed to be correct at the time of going to press.


Ross-on-Wye Walkers are Welcome Steering Group has endeavoured to ensure the safety of all festival participants. It cannot, however, be held liable for any injury or loss of, or damage to, personal property, however caused, except to the extent to which it is unlawful to exclude such liability under the applicable law. You are advised to take out insurance against accident and personal injury.

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Email your name and address saying you would like information on the Ross-on-Wye Walking Festival to
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Diamond Day Trow takes shape for Queens June 3rd Celebrations

The Wye Trow being built to represent Herefordshire in a pageant on the Thames to mark the Queens Diamond Jubilee is taking shape. And now the captain of Ross Rowing Club, Jeremy Picton-Tuberville, who is the Wye Trow Rowing Director, is inviting applicants to crew this prestigious craft.

The Wye Trow will carry a complement of 14 people, including the oarsmen/woman, who will row the craft from fixed seat positions using 15ft oars. It is expected that they will be dressed in period costume and the distance rowed is likely to be between 11-15 kilometres (which will take between 1 ½ and 2 hours).
The Lord Lieutenant of Herefordshire, Lady Darnley, will be on board the Trow when it joins 1000 other water craft on June 3rd for what will be the biggest pageant of boats and ships the River Thames has seen for many centuries.
The Wye Trow project team is looking for athletes from Herefordshire to put their names forward for selection into a team of rowers to train for and take part in this historic event.
A squad of 16 oarsmen and woman will be selected from the volunteers to attend trials and crew training on the Sharpness Canel in Gloucester in April and May. From this squad, eight will be chosen to row the Wye Trow at the Pagaent.
The basic requirments for the trow rowers are: Must be aged 16 or more: Must be an experienced rower. (Fixed seat rowing experience an advantage but not essential); Good reach and flexibility; Excellent level of fitness; Must be available for crew training (likely to be in the first two weeks of April and the second week in May) and the Pageant weekend (May 31st to June 4th).
Applicants are invited to write to the Wye Trow Rowing Director summarising how they meet each of the basic requirements and adding briefly any other information they wish.
The address to write to is: Jeremy Picton-Turbervill, Coughton House, Coughton, Ross-on-Wye HR9 5SF or by email to

Wye Valley resounds to chamber music

Highlights of the 2012 Wye Valley Chamber Music Festival, from January 14 to 22, include an opening Saturday Schubertiade at the Bishop‘s Palace in Hereford, with the Trout Quintet and the song cycle, Die Winterreise.
The festival then celebrates the chamber music of Elgar at the picturesque St Briavels Church and the second weekend includes Discovery Day, always the festival’s hottest ticket, at Treowen Manor near Monmouth. The finale at Helen’s Manor near Ledbury features Hungarian and gypsy-inspired music and there’s a choice of pre-concert talks. 
The Kreisler Quartet will be the first participants in an exciting addition to this year’s festival – the resident Quartet Scheme, a new project for young musicians.
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Wye Valley Ends a Celebration Year

The Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is coming to the end of its 40th anniversary year in which several family events have been held throughout the area.

With just a few events to go, staff from the Wye Valley AONB and Overlooking the Wye Partnership scheme which involved over 40 projects. Improvement and interpretation work has been carried out at the sites which range from Brockweir Quay, the Angidy Furnace, and Piecefield viewpoints along the Wye Valley walk to the recently launched viewing point for Devil’s Pulpit.

The four main historically themed events, Hands on History at Old Station Tintern, Iron Age Rampage at Symonds Yat Rock, The Way to the Wye Georgian event at Ross-on-Wye and Medieval Mayhem at Chepstow Castle bought in thousands of visitors and introduced many to the beauty of the Wye Valley landscape. Community partnership working at its very best was demonstrated with local communities joining to share the message about this unique landscape. Community partnership working at its very best was demonstrated with local communities joining to share the message about this unique landscape and its history.

The last few events for 2011 are now available for booking. The Hidden Past of Chase Hill walk, Ross-on-Wye in November 14 led by historian and author Heather Hurley Brockweir, Devil’s Pulpit walk on December 4 and the family event Natural Festivities at Puzzlewood, Coleford with willow weaver Judith Hartley on Saturday December 3 will round off the celebration year.

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