This section is a pleasant mix of woodland and farmland walking in low hills overlooking the Wye. Despite being urban walking to start with there is much of historical interest as the route climbs up from the river taking in St Mary's Church and The Prospect Gardens with its viewpoint looking out over a swooping loop of the Wye.
Leaving town there is a steady climb to the hillfort on the top of Chase Hill, passing Merrivale Wood Nature Reserve on the way. The route continues through a mix of woodland and fields with glimpses of the imposing Goodrich Castle nearing the descent down to Kerne Bridge.
When the Reverend John Egerton began entertaining his guests on the river Wye at Ross, little did he know that he would start a fashion for travel down the Wye Valley that continues to this day. The Wye Tour became the height of fashion and by the 1770s the trip was firmly established as a two-day outing from Ross to Chepstow. This was a new type of travel, focusing on the appreciation of scenery. William Gilpin did much to popularise ‘the Tour’ when he published a best-selling guide book, ‘Observations on the River Wye’. Image: Nicholas Pocock, Norfolk Museum Service
Made in Ross is a co-operative of local arts and crafts producers living within 20 miles of the beautiful market town of Ross-on-Wye. The unique work created by these artists and makers is on display to view (and buy!) upstairs in the historic 16th century Market House, one of the oldest buildings in Ross, where you can also meet the artists and makers behind these original works.
Ross-on-Wye has a rich and fascinating history and the ‘Museum without Walls’ project is using augmented reality to bring back lost aspects of the town’s past on a smart phone or tablet. See the Wye Tour boats and trows down at the town wharf. Discover how the centre piece of John Kyrle’s pleasure garden, The Prospect, looked in 1700 when a fountain flowed with water pumped up from the Wye and then provided the town with its first water supply.
It’s a fantastic achievement to walk all 136 miles. Mark the miles by keeping a record of your journey, collecting (digital) passport stamps along the route…MAKE A PASSPORT