Autumn in Ross on Wye

Ross on Wye

Ross on Wye

Ross on Wye is a quaint old market town situated in the heart of Herefordshire. The town sits high above the River Wye and is clearly visible for miles around.

The church steeple is marker for Ross, both day and night. The town owes a great deal to the philanthropist John Kyrle and his achievements can still be seen in the town with areas such as ‘The Prospect’ and he is remembered by name in the local high school.

There is much to see in Ross on Wye from the old sandstone architecture with castellated walls still i existence. The High Street is quaint with antique shops and several independent retailers.  The overall feeling to the town is that it has not changed for many years and the old stone Market Place in the centre of the town is testament to that.

Ross Market Place

Ross Market Place

One of the main features of Ross is the River Wye. It’s long meandering route passes the town and there are some beautiful walks to be had along the river banks from the rowing club to the ancient Wilton Bridge where swans often nest.

Autumn is a special time for Ross, the surrounding rural countryside is abundant with beech, oak and ash trees which offer a combined multi coloured blanket as the leaves begin to turn colour in anticipation of leaf fall. There are nearby forest walks in Chase Woods, Symonds Yat and The Forest of Dean, but in reality it’s easy to pick up many woodland routes and walks from the town itself.

There are plenty of old pubs and inns in and around and the accommodation in Ross on Wye is quite varied. The town is a very popular tourist attraction and popular with people who want to explore Herefordshire and also The Forest of Dean.

Nearby Symonds Yat

Nearby Symonds Yat

You will find small bed and breakfasts in Ross on Wye, however there are also larger guest houses and some beautiful hotels such as the Chase Hotel and The Royal, there are also smaller Inns/Hotels as well such as the Kings Head which also serves good food. For the camper and caravan tourer there are plenty of camp sites and caravan parks in Ross and also nearby in Symonds Yat.

There are sadly no train services in Ross, these were lost many years ago, but some of the rail legacy still survives with two rail tunnels in nearby Kerne Bridge and Symonds Yat. The route from the Saracens Head Inn in Symonds Yat towards Monmouth follows the old rail route and is an easy walk with the river to keep you company.

Ross is beautiful all year round, but autumn is when the surrounding countryside transforms into a vibrant colage of reds, yellows and browns.

Article by Simon Lucas

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