The Wye Valley creates the western border of the Royal Forest of Dean.

The valley was designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1971.

The rich nutrient unpolluted waters of the River Wye resulted in the river being designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), the first major river to be given this recognition.

Around the 18th century the River Wye was used to transport merchandise from Chepstow to Hereford, with a number of boat building yards along the route. The Wye Valley also became popular at this time, when poets, artists and well-to-do gentlemen of leisure came to consider the "Wye Tour" a high priority in their pursuit of the picturesque.

The Wye Valley is enjoyed today for the magnificent scenery. The colours changing from the lush green foliage of spring to the reds and golds of autumn. Today the Valley is enjoyed for quiet recreation waiting to be discovered on foot, by canoe or by car.

Westlich des Forest of dean leigt das Wye Tal mit seiner großartigen Landschaft, als Grenze zwischen England und Wales.

das Wye Tal ist als "Area of Outstanding Beauty" (gegend von außergewöhnlicher Schönheit) ausgezeichnet, und wird als eines der romantischesten Täler Englands beschreiben. Das Frühjahr und der Herbst sind besonders farbenprächtige Jabreszeiten, in denen das reiche Blattwerk zur vollen Geltung kommt.

Ein Besuch im malerischen Wye Tal bleibt ihnen als unvergeßliche Erinnerung!

A l'Ouest de la Forét Rotale de Dean, se trouve la Vallé de la Wye offrant une vue magnifique aux frintières de l'Anleterre et du pays de Galles.

La Vallée de la Wye est une Région d'une Beauté Naturelle Remarquable aux mille et une splendeurs, réputée pour être l'une des vallées les plus romantiques d'Angleterre. Le printemps et l'Automne sont des saisons colorées où la frondaison luxuriante des vallées offre une palette de couleurs sans égal.

Votre promenade dans la Vallée de la Wye pittoresque sera un souvenir mémorable!

Ten westen van het "Kininklijke Forest of Dean" schept de "Wye Valley" schitterend natuurschoon op de grens tussen Engeland en Wales.

De "Wye Valley" is eenGebied met Buitengewoon Mooni natuurschoon, en er wordt beweerd dat het een van de meest romantische valleien van Engeland is. Vooral de lente en de herfst zijn zeer kleurrijke tijden van het jaar voor deze lommerrijke vallei.

U zult zich uw bezoek aan de schilderachtige "Wye Valley" zeker nog lang herinneren!


In addition to the many short walks, the Wye Valley Walk meanders along the River Wye for 52 miles. Offa's Dyke Footpath is a National Trail of some 177 miles! - a small section of which is within the Wye Valley. The walks around Tintern, Wye Valley & Forest of Dean Map & Guide, can be purchased from Coleford Tourist Information Centre.


For the novice canoeist there are Activity Centres along the Wye Valley willing to provide tuition, such as canoeing and kayaking, and also quad trekking and cycling, etc.

The River Wye is not recommended for swimmers or inexperienced canoeists.

Other activities include cycling, rock climbing, abseiling, caving, archery, golfing, fishing, horse riding, quad trekking, and even 4x4 driving, with experts on hand to help you at the Activity Centres and Leisure Centres throughout the area.

Outdoor Activities in The Royal Forest of Dean and Wye Valley Area

 Youth Hostels Association

Other places of Interest in the Wye Valley

 Symonds Yat  - superb viewpoint and forest walks
 Pergrine Falcons - RSPB viewpoint at Symonds Yat Rock
Tintern Abbey
Goodrich Castle
The Butterfly Centre

The Lumleys Guest House - near Kerne Bridge

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