Wye Valley Guided Walking

View of the river wye as the wye valley meanders past symonds yat rock viewpoint.
Duration: 4 nights
Type: Guided Walking
Walking Grade: 2, 3 & 4
from £685pp £655pp

Discover the wonderful Wye Valley, an area full of iconic views, historic interest and breathtaking scenery. With dramatic limestone gorges, native broadleaved woodland and the meandering River Wye at its heart, this landscape is waiting to be explored. Wildlife abounds; herons, kingfishers, otters, peregrine falcon and red kites thrive in what is considered to be one of the most unspoilt river valleys in Britain. Now a tranquil place of beauty, you may also be surprised to find out that the area has a strong industrial past. Coupled with the Cistercian history and the famous Tintern Abbey, the Wye Valley has a fascinating story to tell. Lace up your boots and enjoy the journey, knowing all your accommodation, transport and meals are taken care of.

Holiday Highlights

  • Spectacular views from the Devil's Pulpit, overlooking Tintern Abbey and the River Wye
  • Keep a watchful eye out for peregrine falcons and enjoy iconic views of the Wye Valley from Symonds Yat Rock
  • Explore the historic Angidy Valley and discover Tintern’s hidden industry
  • See the Seven Sisters Rocks and visit the legendary King Arthur’s Caves
  • Enjoy beautiful riverside walking and see the thundering Cleddon Falls

What’s included

  • High quality en-suite accommodation at The Wild Hare, a charming countryside inn, at the heart of the Wye Valley
  • Full board from dinner upon arrival to breakfast on departure day
  • All transport to and from walks
  • 3 days of guided walking
  • Choice of 2 guided walks each walking day
  • The services of HF Holidays Walking Leaders
  • Evenings are free for you to relax in the lounge/bar

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDF’s for each holiday, please click the button below to find the right trip notes for your departure date.

On our Guided Walking holidays, we believe that choice is key. Our walks descriptions will help you choose according to your interests and fitness. The walks are grouped together with care by local experts to give the best experience. While every effort will be made to adhere to the described itinerary, we may occasionally vary the sequence shown here or substitute an alternative route to suit local conditions or for other operational reasons, potentially at short notice. Some of our breaks have more than one itinerary. To check which itinerary is running on your holiday date please refer to the Dates, Prices & Trip Notes tab.

You're welcome to check in at The Wild Hare from 3pm onwards, a charming countryside inn and our base for the next few days. Your HF walk leaders will be on hand from 6:30pm, when we’ll gather to give you a warm welcome and explain the plan of action before dinner.


Explore the area around Tintern Abbey, one of the great monastic ruins in Wales, and discover Offa's Dyke.

Option 1 - Tintern and the Devil's Pulpit

Distance: 7 miles (11.5km)

Total ascent: 1,250 feet (380m)

In summary: Starting at Tintern we follow the western bank of the River Wye, before crossing over to Brockweir.  We head uphill to join the Offa’s Dyke footpath which takes us to our highlight of the walk, the Devil’s Pulpit. Here we’re rewarded with stunning views of Tintern Abbey and the beautiful Wye Valley below. We descend steeply through woodland back to the village, where there is plenty of time to visit the abbey, considered to be one of the greatest ruins in Wales. Alternatively, take time out and wander along to Parva Farm vineyard, or the Kingstone Brewery and enjoy a taste of some award-winning local produce.

Highlight: Discover the local myth of the Devil's Pulpit, a superb rocky viewpoint that overlooks the village of Tintern and its famous Abbey.

Option 2 - Tintern, Brockweir and the Devil's Pulpit

Distance: 10½miles (16.5km)

Total ascent: 2,000 feet (600m)

In summary: We first head north from Tintern to explore the attractive village of Brockweir, before following the Offa’s Dyke footpath south to reach the Devil’s Pulpit. Here we’re rewarded with stunning views of Tintern Abbey and the beautiful Wye Valley below. We continue our journey on this impressive, wooded stretch of path, alongside the great earthwork boundary dyke built by King Offa. We descend through woodland and return along the eastern bank of the River Wye, where we retrace our steps through Brockweir to Tintern. If there is time left in the day, you may wish to visit to the abbey, considered to be one of the greatest monastic ruins in Wales.

Highlight: Spectacular views from the Devil's Pulpit and a chance to walk beside the great earthwork boundary dyke, built by King Offa.


Explore the River Wye and soak up the views from Symonds Yat Rock

Option 1 - Symonds Yat

Distance: 7 miles (11.5km)

Total ascent: 1,550 feet (460m)

In summary: We enjoy breathtaking views from Symonds Yat Rock, then descend to the riverside, where we follow a delightful stretch of the Wye Valley walk. Ascending through ancient broadleaved woodland, abundant with interesting flora and fauna, we circuit back to the viewpoint.

Highlight: Keep a watchful eye out for Peregrine Falcons and enjoy iconic views of the Wye Valley from Symonds Yat Rock.

Option 2 - Symonds Yat, Seven Sisters Rocks & King Arthur’s Cave

Distance: 11 miles (18km)

Total ascent: 2,300 feet (700m)

In summary: We enjoy breathtaking views from Symonds Yat Rock, then descend to the River Wye and catch the historic hand-pulled ferry across to the opposite side. We make our way to the Seven Sisters Rocks and then visit the legendary King Arthur’s Cave. From here we re-join the riverside and cross back over using Biblins suspension bridge. We return through wooded hills via Staunton to Symonds Yat.  

Highlight: Take in the views from Symonds Yat Rock, explore the Seven Sisters Rocks and visit the legendary King Arthur’s Caves.


Spend time getting to know the historic Angidy Valley or choose to walk a beautiful stretch of the River Wye up to Bigsweir bridge.

Option 1 - Iron Trail via Penterry Church

Distance: 5½ miles (8.5km)

Total ascent: 950 feet (300m)

In summary: We walk up the historic Angidy Valley and discover Tintern’s hidden industry. We’ll visit ancient iron works and see many other points of interest on route, before leaving the valley behind and climbing through woodland to Cot. On our way back to Tintern we’ll visit the remote Penterry Church.

Highlight: Explore the historic Angidy Valley and discover Tintern’s hidden industry.

Option 2 - Bigsweir Loop

Distance: 11 miles (17.5km)

Total ascent: 1,850 feet (560m)

In summary: A fantastic circular walk, we follow the famous Offa’s Dyke footpath beside the River Wye, heading north from Tintern all the way to Bigsweir Bridge. Here we’ll cross and climb through Cuckoo woods to meet the Wye Valley Way, our path of return to Tintern. On route we’ll pass through the village of LLandogo and take in the thundering Cleddon Falls.

Highlight: Enjoy beautiful riverside walking and see the thundering Cleddon Falls.


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home.


The Wild Hare Hotel, Tintern

The Wild Hare is a charming countryside inn, nestled in the centre of picturesque Tintern and at the heart of the Wye Valley. Perfectly situated for exploring the local countryside and only a stone’s throw away from Tintern Abbey. Walkers and muddy boots are very welcome! A relaxing place to retreat, the Wild Hare focuses on creating a laid-back atmosphere. Guests have use of a shared lounge with comfy sofas and a cosy log burner. There’s also a beautiful garden terrace to enjoy in the summer months. A true countryside pub experience, the inn serves excellent, locally sourced food with seasonal menus. Bedrooms are all ensuite and have been decorated in a modern style. They include flatscreen TV, tea and coffee making facilities, free Wi-fi and the use of a hairdryer. Should you wish to have an even greater degree of comfort, you can choose to upgrade and stay in The Shy Hare suite. A beautiful space with a touch of understated luxury, as well as a wonderful bedroom you will have the use of your own sitting room, so you can completely unwind in the most peaceful setting. Free private parking is also available.

Food & Drink

Meal Service Times

To help ensure a smooth service at meal times, sittings will be staggered. At check-in, you will be allocated a time for breakfast and dinner, and we kindly ask that you stick to these times. Doing so will help make the service manageable for the kitchen and waiting staff, and ensure an exceptional dining experience for all. Seating arrangements and table size will still encourage sociability. 

Packed lunches

Packed lunches provided by our partner hotels may be too much food for some and not enough for others. As a minimum, they will include a bread sandwich or roll with a choice of filling, fresh fruit, crisps, and a biscuit/flapjack or piece of cake. If you feel you might need more food during the walk, please bring a supply of snacks to supplement this.

Dietary Requirements

Our partner hotels can cater for most dietary requirements, but it is important you advise us of any allergies and dietary restrictions you have at the time of booking.

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Getting to The Wild Hare Hotel, Tintern

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Essential Information

“There’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong type of clothing!” goes the adage. Come prepared for all eventualities and you’ll walk in comfort as well as safety. Britain’s famous for its changeable weather, so here’s our advice on what to wear and bring.

Essentials

  • Waterproof walking boots providing ankle support and good grip.
  • A waterproof jacket and over-trousers
  • Gloves and a warm hat (it can be chilly at any time of the year)
  • Rucksack
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre capacity)
  • A small torch (everywhere in winter, year round in mountains)
  • Sun hat and sunscreen
    Denim jeans and waterproof capes are not suitable on any walks.

Recommended

  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed
  • Specialist walking socks to avoid blisters.
  • A first aid kit inc plasters– your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication
  • Sit mat (insulated pad to sit on when you stop for a break)

You might also want

  • Walking poles, particularly useful for descents.
  • Insect repellent
  • Flask for hot drinks
  • Rigid lunch box
  • Gaiters
  • Blister kit (eg Compeed) just in case
  • Waterproof rucksack liner

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £30 per person.

Holiday Prices

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Duration:
4 nights
Type:
Guided Walking
Walking Grade:
2 & 3

4 nights from £685pp £655pp

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