WAW Towns (O-Z)


Accredited since: 2009

Ross-on-Wye holds an iconic position high above the sandstone cliffs and great horseshoe bends of the River Wye. It has a really high proportion of independent shops, including a Vintage Trail, food shops and tea rooms, local crafts and much more.
Ross is the only town that is entirely inside the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty; and claims to be the birthplace of British tourism when, in the 18th Century up market river tours replaced the Grand European Tour for many leading artists, poets and the like.
In normal years local annual events include the Beer and Cider festival first weekend in May, the summer carnival at the beginning of August; a Country and Western festival in July and a Winter fair in November. In alternate years there is a river festival that travels of the length of the river Wye from Hay to Chepstow. And, the Ross-on-Wye Annual Walking Festival takes place at the end of September/ early October and offers special interest features such as a Cream Tea Walk, birdwatching, local history/ geology, iconic views of the Wye gorge and surrounding countryside and a steam train ride in the nearby Forest of Dean. See Visit Ross On Wye – Official tourist guide courtesy of Ross-on-Wye Tourism Association
Ross-on-Wye is one of the early towns to gain WAW accreditation and takes its welcome of walkers seriously. Ross WaW Group specialises in providing led walks for visiting groups; and offers a range of self-guided routes as well as the annual walking festival at the end of September.
Walking in the Ross area has an amazing diversity to offer and opportunities to see/hear a range of wildlife when off the beaten track. It is also a great location for exploring more widely – from more demanding walks on the Brecon Beacons/ Black Mountains, to cycling in the Forest of Dean, the spectacles and history of Hereford Cathedral and Mappa Mundi, or just picnics by the river, open gardens, or enjoying the local food and drink products… We are off the beaten track; but still remarkably easy to get to with great road connections. We would love to see you…

Contact information

Contact Person: Sam Phillips

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