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SCENIC PLACES OF INTEREST IN ROSS-ON-WYE AND THE WYE VALLEY
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The picturesque market town of Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, 'Gateway to the Wye Valley' overlooks the River Wye and is located in the county of Herefordshire between the ancient cities of both Hereford and Gloucester. Scroll down the page to watch video and view photographs of scenic places of interest close to Ross-on-Wye.

SHORT FILMS SHOWING SCENIC PLACES CLOSE TO ROSS-ON-WYE
   
ROSS-ON-WYE VIEWS

The photograph below left was taken during April 2002 at river bank level from a short distance along the Rope Walk, a riverside park area so named due to the rope making industry, which took place by the river during the 18th century. It shows St Mary's church behind one of the town's hotels and the 19th century Gazebo Tower. The photograph to the right was taken during September 2002 from about a mile up river towards Backney.

Scenic Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire.
A view of Ross-on-Wye from river bank level.

The exact opposite or the view, left - taken from the church spire.

CANOEING AND SCENIC CRUISES ON THE RIVER WYE

Both kayaking and canoeing are popular summertime activities on the River Wye. The photograph below left shows some people enjoying a leisurely paddle from the cathedral city of Hereford to Ross-on-Wye and to the right, one of the scenic River Wye cruises which can be taken from Symonds Yat.

Scenic Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire.
Wye canoeists, photographed during the summer of 2005.
Scenic Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire.
Scenic cruises are available on the River Wye from Symonds Yat.

THE WYE ROPE FERRY

Symonds Yat, famous for its spectacular views from Yat Rock and originally known as Symonds Gate is a scenic village divided in two by the river. Crossing the Wye by ferry here is always a pleasurable experience. As can be seen from the sequence of photographs below, the ferry is manually pulled from one side to the other by means of a rope.


The Symonds Yat Rope Ferry.

At Symonds Yat East - the Saracen's Head and Rose Cottage Tea Garden.

SCENIC VIEWS FROM SYMONDS YAT ROCK AND THE SEVEN SISTERS

At 500 feet above sea level, Yat Rock, above the villages of Symonds Yat East and West affords spectacular views of the river and its surrounding countryside. For bird watchers, the rock is a popular place for sighting the Peregrine Falcon during summer months. There are also many other places nearby from which the view of the Wye is particularly beautiful, especially if exploring on foot. The view from the Seven Sisters Rocks, below right being just one example. See also the views from Garway Hill, May Hill and Hay Bluff.

Scenic Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire.
The view from Yat Rock in February 2003.
Scenic Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire.
The view from Seven Sisters, October 2002.

COUNTRY WALKS

As well as exploring the main Wye Valley Walk, the village of Brampton Abbots is just one of the many scenic villages close to Ross to which a short walk along a public footpath through fields is always a relaxing experience. The photograph below right shows a view of St. Michael's Church, Brampton Abbotts while below left shows a view looking back towards Ross from the village.

Scenic Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire.
Looking towards Ross from Brampton Abbotts, summer 2000.
Scenic Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire.
St. Michael's Church, Brampton Abbotts, July 2002.

CYCLING IN THE WYE VALLEY AND FOREST OF DEAN

Although quite a hilly area, cycling is without doubt one of the best ways to see the Wye Valley. In Ross-on-Wye part of the old railway track has been converted to a scenic cycle and walkway and there are many other places where one can cycle both on and off road within the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean, discovering views which can be completely overlooked when travelling by car. If you don't wish to bring your own bike it is possible to hire cycles from several places both in Ross and from elsewhere in the area.

Scenic Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire.
My son, Matthew out cycling with me whilst taking photographs for this web site during the summer of 2002.
Scenic Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire.
One of the many scenic lakes in the Forest of Dean which can be discovered close to a cycle and walkway.

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