Your guide to exploring an Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1971, the beauty of the area has been attracting visitors for centuries,The Wye Valley with the most breathtaking natural scenery in Britain combines a unique blend of Welsh and English influences and offers a warm welcome to visitors to the UK world wide
Symonds Yat Rock provides a fabulous viewpoint of the River Wye, and is reputed to be the best viewpoint in Britain. From the rock, the river can be seen to follow dramatic U-bends around Huntsman and Coppet Hill. In the distance you can see across Herefordshire towards the mountains of mid Wales.
The river Wye is famous for its salmon fishing and has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest for its nutrient unpolluted water, which supports an abundance of animal and plant life. At any time of year you may see kingfishers
darting across the waters, and the swans as they glide gracefully along the river surface.
As the river passes many famous sites – Symonds Yat, Kilvert country, Tintern Abbey, there are many places to visit, things to see and do, and it provides a perfect location at any time of year. It is indeed a valley for all seasons. In Spring visualise swaths of bluebells under leafy glades, in summer green and fertile landscapes, in Autumn the striking tints of woodland, and in winter crisp snow-dusted hills. Many artists, poets and writers have sought to capture its tranquil charm and elusive beauty.
Fought over for centuries by the English and the Welsh and many more before them has awesome castles around every bend and twist in the River Wye, hawks soaring over the fields and forests, and secret places along every stream. bustling market towns, fresh farm produce, an artisan tradition, generous hospitality, and sunshine and showers,the Wye Valley is a captivating experience that treats the senses at any time of year.
The Wye Valley is steeped in rich industrial heritage, and near the town of Abergavenny lies the Blaenavon Industrial Landscape World Heritage Site where visitors can go underground with a miner and uncover real stories about people from the past.
Monmouth has one of the world’s best collections of artefacts and information about Lord Nelson, Britain’s most famous admiral, and even includes his fake glass eye.