As well as the Walkers are Welcome annual walking festival and 100s of forest paths and trails the Wye Valley is also is home to many longer, signed paths (which you can do short sections of) including:
- The Wye Valley Way – Beginning in Chepstow this walk follows the river for 136 miles. See www.wyevalleywalk.org or more information.
- Offa’s Dyke Path – Following the ancient border of Anglo-Saxon territories this walk is one of the UK’s official Long-Distance Paths and will take you from Beachley on the banks of the Severn Estuary 177 miles North. For more info see www.nationaltrail.co.uk/en_GB/trails/offas-dyke-path/
There’s around 30 downloadable maps for shorter walks available here.
And, to help you decide which walks to complete, some of the best views (and in the Wye Valley competition is high) can be found here.
Wintours Leap and Symonds Yat, as well as the many disused quarries, allow climbers, from beginner to expert, to have some vertical adventures. There are plenty of outdoor activity companies who can teach and guide you on the imposing limestone cliffs of the Valley.
The River Wye is the most paddled river in Britain. Owing to its sedate pace (in right conditions) and the lack of any technical or dangerous sections (e.g. no rapids, weirs, narrow gorges or waterfalls) means that it’s easy to get started here. There is also many, many canoe hire companies on river especially around the highlight of Symonds Yat, Ross-on-Wye and Monmouth. Canoeing is a great way to get a different view of the valley – from the true centre of the landscape.
The forest that edge the river Wye provide mixed tracks from cyclist from casual trips to serious mountain bikers. You can hire bikes and get trail maps from various locations. See www.wyedeantourism.co.uk/cyc for more into.