Ross-on-Wye sits above the beautiful River Wye and below the hills of Chase and Penyard. At the time of the Domesday, it was a village and a manor of the Bishops of Hereford. In the 12th century, King Stephen granted a charter to establish a market here.
In the 17th century, the town suffered from the plague and the Civil War. From the 1750s, Ross developed as a popular place for those seeking the picturesque scenery of the Wye.
Today the town remains a busy market and tourist centre serving a community of around 11,500 residents – over double the population 100 years ago.
The Ross-on-Wye Heritage Trail takes in a route of two miles, starting from the Market House. It passes sites of historical and architectural interest which were identified and marked with blue plaques erected by the Mayor’s Project. The Heritage Trail leaflet was researched and written by local historian Heather Hurley for the Ross-on-Wye & District Civic Society.
Download a copy of the trail here.