Bed & Breakfast in The Wye Valley

Symonds Yat Sunsets

Symonds Yat Sunsets

The Wye Valley is, in parts, an AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) and is a popular tourist destination. In fact, The Wye Valley was one of the first areas which gave rise to the UK tourist industry during the Victorian era, with tourist handbooks and quaint and accessible rail journeys from all over Britain.

Where To Stay In The Wye Valley?

If you are looking to visit the Wye Valley then the most central county is Herefordshire. There are plenty of bed and breakfasts in Herefordshire which offer great value for money. A cosy Herefordshire bed and breakfast will cost between £60 – £90 per room per night for two people sharing. Hotels will be slightly more expensive costing between £70 – £150.

Hereford City offers some fine accommodation with many hotels and boutique shops. The city is very central for visiting the rest of the county and has the magnificent Hereford Cathedral at its heart, not forgetting the River Wye itself.

Goodrich Castle

Goodrich Castle

North Herefordshire offers Ledbury, with its quaint rural lifestyles, great restaurants and an historic market place. North Herefordshire is also home to part of the Malvern Hills which are renowned for the spring water and stunning hillside walks. If you’re looking for Michelin starred food then you might like to seek out the Stagg Inn at Titley, which also offers country style bed and breakfast accommodation. A fine export of north Herefordshire is old Weston’s Cider.

West Herefordshire’s crown is Hay On Wye, the ‘Book Capital of The World’ and it’s within easy reach of the wonderful Welsh ‘Brecon Beacons’ and ‘Black Mountains’. There are plenty of other small villages and places for a traveller to res their weary head.

South Herefordshire is home to the town of Ross On Wye, with antique shops, ancient market place and the historic ‘John Kyrle’ legacy. The River Wye is also a feature here with riverside walks. One of Britain’s finest castles lies nearby, ‘Goodrich Castle’ is owned by English Heritage and is thought to be pre-Norman in parts.

Arguably one of the most picturesque areas of the Wye Valley is Symonds Yat in southern Herefordshire. Here the River Wye creates an ox-bow bend and there is dense ancient woodland either side of the limestone gorge.

The valley continues down from Symonds Yat into Monmouthshire, and the mystical Tintern Abbey and more woodland.

River Wye

River Wye

Popular Walks and Outdoor Pursuits

The Wye Valley is extremely popular for walkers and hikers who frequently take advantage of the beautiful Herefordshire countryside. The River Wye offers scenic tranquil walks along much of its route, from Hay On Wye through Herefordshire and into Monmouthshire. Walkers and hikers can expect to find woodland walks, hills and gorges with far off views and plenty of fauna, flora and wildlife to keep them entertained.

The Wye Valley’s most popular feature is without doubt the River Wye. This is used by walkers and hikers, but also by fishermen and canoeists.

There are plenty of fishing clubs along the Wye which is famed for its trout and salmon to name but a few. Fishing permits can also be purchased from various outlets such as GB Sports in Ross On Wye.

Canoeing is by far the best way to explore the Wye Valley, you gain a completely different perspective on the area and there are plenty of pubs en route to stop off at. Canoe hire centres begin as far up stream as Hay On Wye and much of the river route can be navigated easily. The river can be extremely dangerous and many have lost their lives in the Wye so life jackets and instructions from an experienced canoeist is recommended before embarking on a trip. There are several rapids with the busiest being in Symonds Yat. There are several canoe hire centres around Symonds Yat and in summer this area can be a busy water way with sight seeing boats motoring steadily up and down stream.

For the brave at heart, rock climbing is catered for in places such as Symonds Yat, where the lime stone rocks drop vertically to the valley floor and are carpeted in forest and peppered with caves.

For a comprehensive list of where to stay in the Wye Valley, contact the local toursit information centres in Ledbury, Hereford, Hay On Wye and Ross On Wye. The tourist information centres will have detailed guides on a wide range of hotels, guest houses, and bed and breakfasts Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and Monmouthshire.

For great deals on Bed and Breakfasts in Herefordshire try the Saracens Head Inn, Symonds Yat East.

Article by Simon Lucas.

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