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Best things to do in Wye Valley 

Best things to do in Wye Valley 

The beauty of Wye Valley is that there is never a dull moment. Whether you’re on a family holiday, a couple’s retreat or a solo getaway, you can experience everything that Wye Valley has to offer, from the beautiful views, the numerous historical landmarks to visit and the various sports activities. With so much to do, however, where do you start?  

Here’s a few of our favourite things to do in Wye Valley to help you get started… 

Grab a canoe or kayak for the day

With nature right on your doorstep, Wye Valley offers various adventurous activities for you and your family to take part in. One of the best (and most popular ways) to see the area is embarking on a river adventure down the River Wye. As the 5th longest river in the UK, the River Wye extends through the border of England and Wales and has become an idyllic Herefordshire landmark. Trust us when we say, there’s nothing like being on the open water, with the sun shining down on you and the beautiful scenery that surrounds you. 

As it’s a relatively popular activity for tourists, canoe hire is available almost anywhere in Wye Valley. You’ll be able to get information about canoeing and kayaking; find out what’s best for you; and discover the best river routes – the best things about canoeing and kayaking is that you can decide how long you want to spend on the water so, whether it’s 20 minutes, or a 2 day trip, the choice is completely yours. 

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Hoarwithy to Ross on Wye route

A popular, and not too long, river route is Hoarwithy to Ross on Wye which is roughly 4 hours long. This a great way to take in the breathtaking scenery and wildlife that lives in Wye Valley. You’ll pass through various idyllic farms and villages until you eventually reach the historic Ross on Wye, famous for it’s market house. Take this opportunity to stroll around the charming town, visit some great boutiques and discover Goodrich Castle.

We do recommend taking a few essentials on the water with you; including snacks, water and waterproof clothing – especially if you’re going for a longer trip.

If you’re new to water sports, and a bit nervous about going on the water alone, there are also plenty of guided tours that you can take part in. Not only do tour guides offer exceptional knowledge about the area that you’re paddling in, but it’s also a great way to meet people who share the same love for the outdoors, as well as ensuring a safe and successful adventure.

So, whether you’re canoeing pro, or completely new to it, canoe or kayak hire is a great way to experience everything that Wye Valley has to offer…and it’s always great fun (so long as you’re fine with getting a bit wet!). 

Put on your walking boots and explore the local footpaths 

Offering beautiful riverside trails, woodland paths and some of the most mesmerising viewpoints, the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley area is a popular destination for walkers. Whether you’re looking for an afternoon stroll, or a day long hike, there are various walking trails that you can take part in – all including some of the best views that the Herefordshire has to offer. However, make sure you put on your walking boots as some of the walks can become quite steep very quickly and muddy – especially with the weather that the UK often brings…

There are hundreds of local footpaths throughout the area which you’ll be able to easily find, but take a look at some of our favourite walks below.

Wye Valley Walk

Wye Valley walk is one of the many great trails in the area. It’s a popular route that follows the path of the River Wye, passing through the idyllic open fields and charming woodlands. Eventually, you’ll reach Symonds Yat where there are countless traditional country pubs, exciting attractions and, of course, the famous Yat Rock. We recommend taking a stroll around the charming Symonds Yat and seeing everything it has to offer – exploring the dark caves is a must!

If you’re looking for a more challenging hike, the trail continues but quickly changes pace as you begin hiking up the steep woodlands and narrow valleys around Leys Hill and Howle Hill. 

Throughout the trail, you’ll also pass through various Herefordshire landmarks and villages, including Goodrich Castle, Welsh Bicknor, and English Bicknor – these are just a few of the many fascinating places that you can take time to explore along the way. 

Chepstow Circular Walk

tintern abbeyFor a really historic and interesting day out, you can take a scenic circular walk following the Wye Valley from Chepstow to Tintern. On this trail you’ll see some fantastic historical sites like Chepstow Castle and Tintern Abbey.

This trail starts from Chepstow Castle – the oldest surviving stone castle in Britain which is perched on a cliff above the River Wye. Not only is it a great way to see how the castle evolved throughout history, but the trail also features lovely scenic views, as you walk alongside the river and through the peaceful woodlands, as well as a visit to the historic Tintern Abbey.

Other historical points of interest include; Eagle’s Nest Viewpoint, the Devil’s Pulpit & viewpoint, and Abbey Mill. On the way back, you’ll return past Wyndcliff walking alongside the river and back to Chepstow.

Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail

Home to various wildlife, the Forest of Dean is a breathtaking forest to explore. For a slightly different trail, take a look at The Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail. Just a few minutes drive from Symonds Yat, the trail takes you through the woodlands where you’ll find various sculptures interpreting the artist’s vision of the forest environment.

The sculptures are placed within the woodland for you and your family to seek them out – though, if you want to make life easier, you can also pick up a map at the beginning of the walk which guides you to all the sculptures. It’s a perfect opportunity to explore the enchanting woodlands of the Forest of Dean, as well as discovering compelling art along the way.

Try your best shot at Wye Valley Archery 

It may seem like an intimidating game, but archery is a great outdoorsy activity for the whole family – not matter what the weather. 

Wye Valley Archery offers a custom built field archery course for all levels – whether you’ve done archery before and know how good an activity it is, or you’re completely new to the sport and want to learn a new skill. The place offers very welcoming and knowledgeable trainers who will teach you everything you need to know about the sport. 

Not only is it fun for all ages, but there’s also numerous benefits to the widely popular sport; mentally and physically. You’ll get to try out and tune the various bows, learn how to shoot (safely) and then start practicing.

Within the several acres of woods and fields, the archery range has also set up various life-sized model animals, from owls to bears, with their ‘kill zone’, which you’ll be able to target yourself – either competing with your friends and family, or doing it solely.  

Take in the views of Herefordshire from a different angle 

views from wye valleyIf you’re still looking for something a bit different to your average walk, then why not enjoy a rock climbing adventure in the mesmerising Wye Valley where you can reach amazing viewpoints of Herefordshire. 

Rock climbing has become a seriously popular activity for tourists visiting the area, and locals of Wye Valley. Not only is it a great, energetic activity that will get your endorphins running, but it also helps build confidence and trust making it a great team activity. Whether you’re an experienced rock climber, or a newbie, rock climbing will challenge you unlike any other activity. 

While there are plenty of places that you can go, Symonds Yat is a popular destination for rock climbers. The limestone cliffs offer various routes that will challenge every climber, from beginner to expert. Each place you go to will also offer training and guiding from an experienced instructor who will help develop your climbing skills and make this, perhaps scary activity, into an exhilarating one. 

If you head to Symonds Yat, take the time to Yat Rock for some spectacular views. If you’re a fan of the Netflix series ‘Sex Education’ keep one eye open for Otis’ house. You can read exactly where to find it in our guide here.

Walk with fascinating creatures at Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo 

For something less intense, the Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo is one of the most exciting Wye Valley attractions. It is super interesting and fun day out for all ages. The butterfly conservation provides an indoor space where you can walk with free-flying, exotic butterflies from all around the world. It’s a fantastic opportunity to learn all about butterflies, from egg to adult, and discover their lives in close-up.

Watch as they come out from their chrysalides, and sip nectar from the various exotic plants. More importantly, you can finally learn the answers to all the questions you’ve ever wondered about butterflies and even find out all about how you can attract them to your own garden. 

Conclusion

And there we have it. We’ve given you plenty ideas of things to do during your visit to Wye Valley.

With the endless opportunities for adventure, along with the numerous historical landmarks and outstanding natural beauty, Wye Valley is an excellent getaway for everyone – be it families, best mates, couples or individuals. 

For many, visiting Wye Valley is also a place where you can leave all the stress from your normal day-to-day life behind, and recharge. It’s the perfect opportunity to put your work away, and focus on simply having fun.

Additionally, staying at our glamping site, you’ll be nearby to all sorts of attractions, as well as being steps away from the charming River Wye. For more information on our tipis, read on here: www.whitehouseonwye.co.uk

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Top Recommended Walks In The Wye Valley

Top Recommended Walks In The Wye Valley

All year round, Wye Valley offers some of the most breathtaking views in the UK – the beautiful flowers through spring to summer, or the snow-capped mountains through winter. Wye Valley is one of the most dramatic and scenic landscapes in Britain, straddling the border between England and Wales.

Those looking for walking holidays often come visit Wye Valley for its beauty, historical landmarks and a bit of adventure. Whether you fancy a small stroll in the morning, or a huge trek for the day, Wye Valley has various walking trails for you to pick and choose from – and, if we say so ourselves, some gorgeous countryside views that you just won’t get anywhere else (although we might be a bit bias…). 

Nonetheless, with all the choice, it can be hard to decide what trail is best for you. So, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favourite walks for your walking holiday in Wye Valley for you below. 

Hoarwithy: Three Churches Circular Walk

For a relatively short walk, but full of historical insights, the Three Churches Trail is a great pick. The walk begins in Hoarwithy where you can first take a look around Hoarwithy Church. A quick bit of history for you: after being built in 1840, the Vicar of Hendland deemed the style too ugly and decided that he had to beautify it. The famous church now features Italianate architecture and is known as an unusual landmark, featuring in many films and documentaries. 

Following the yellow arrows, you’ll start walking towards King’s Caple. Kings Caple is a small village featuring museums, art galleries and parks for you and the family to discover. Part of this walk includes visiting St Johns church – the second church of this trail. The church sits high on a plateau within a loop of the River Wye where you’ll find breathtaking views of the countryside. 

Continue following the markers, and you’ll reach a Victorian suspension bridge where you can cross the river wye to visit Sellack. This rural and charming village is also where the final church of the trail, St Tysilio, was built. Walk around the idyllic area and immerse yourself in the outstanding natural beauty of Sellack. This ancient church also features a surprising, yet unique feature of a glass window dating back to the 18th century. 

Goodrich and Welsh Bicknor 

A long-stretching climb starting from Goodrich Castle, walking up through the delightful nature reserve of Coppett Hill before descending to walk alongside the river. As a fairly long walk – roughly 4 hours – we recommend stopping off at Lower Lydbrook where you can enjoy some well-deserved traditional food before heading towards Welsh Bicknor. Despite the name, it’s not quite in Wales, but is on the Welsh borders with some of the most picturesque views you’ll find.

This walk is a moderate walk featuring magnificent views and gives you a bit of insight into Wye Valley’s contribution to both World Wars. If you haven’t already reached this conclusion, Wye Valley walks are never boring!

Symonds Yat Circular Trail

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The Views From Yat Rock – Worth The Climb!

Famous for its iconic river views, Symonds Yat has become a popular destination for tourists everywhere. With its many adventure attractions – we’re talking about exploring the dark caves, rock climbing and water sports, or simply taking in the small town charm – it’s a must-visit for those visiting the Wye Valley.

It’s also home to the famous Yat Rock, one of the best viewpoints of Wye Valley (and best places to spot Peregrine Falcons if that’s something of interest!). Symonds Yat is an ideal place for walks – for both a gentle stroll or a hike – as there’s various tracks to explore within the valley. One of our favourite trails is around Yat Rock. After you’ve had enough of the perfect views from Yat Rock (if you can ever), you’ll find various marked trails continuing alongside the river and through the blissful town.

Symonds Yat Trail, one of the Wye Valley circular walks, is a gentle walk featuring a diversity of landscapes where you’ll pass through the Iron Age Fort and into the tranquil woodland paths. Here you’ll also find 10 nature trail boards which will give you some suggestions on what to look out for during your walk. A great way to make an interactive stroll for the kids! 

The Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail 

If you fancy something a bit different to any ordinary walk, the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail – just a few minutes drive from Symonds Yat East – is another great and unique find. This 4.5 miles long walk features various (you guessed it) sculptures that have been created by artists to interpret the history of the landscape and environment.

Whether you’re an art lover, or have no clue, it’s a lovely opportunity to walk through the woodlands and discover beautiful art. You can either seek them out yourself by following the markers or pick up a map to make life easier! 

Wye Valley Walk

Whether you’re looking for a pleasant afternoon stroll, a long hike or just a day’s trip, Wye Valley walk is the one to consider. This beautiful trail is a long-distance footpath criss-crossing the border between England and Wales, and following the gorgeous river Wye. It’s known for having some of the most breathtaking views in Herefordshire (maybe even in the UK…) and is the perfect way to walk the Wye Valley.

The Wye Valley hike mainly follows the path of the river, passing through the pastoral, open fields; however, can quickly change to become a stiff climb up and down through the woodlands. For those looking for a more challenging walk, then you can continue following the trail through when it gets to this point.

You’ll pass through various Herefordshire landmarks and villages, such as Goodrich Castle, English Bicknor, Welsh Bicknor, and more. This is a great starting walk for those who want to spend the day exploring.

Ross on Wye Circular Walk 

The historic, charming town of Ross on Wye is widely known for its ancient buildings, pillared market house and its overall picturesque location. The town itself perches over the River Wye where you can visit various independent boutiques, eat in traditional country pubs and learn about some local history. 

If you’re looking for scenery that will take your breath away, taking a stroll around Ross on Wye is it. This circular walk is a delightful way of passing through Herefordshire around Ross on Wye. Starting in the market town (which is definitely worth having a look around!) you’ll follow the river north to Hole-in-the-Wall.

Once you leave the river, you’ll head through the Herefordshire countryside where you can visit Crow Hill, Penyard Park, Warmhill Wood, and more on the way. Featuring various charming villages, the peaceful woodlands and the undeniable mesmerising river, it’s a walk not to miss! 

Ross on Wye Mystery Treasure Trail 

If you’re visiting Wye Valley with children, you might be finding it hard to persuade them to go on some walks. This Treasure Trail might make all the difference. A riverside walk featuring intrigue, code-cracking puzzles and mystery, it’s definitely a different experience to previous walks.

The walk, taking roughly 2 hours, gives you and your family a chance to explore Herefordshire and do a bit of sightseeing with the added bonus of finding out who the culprit is…

It might have started out for the kids; but it doesn’t mean that the adults can’t have some fun!

White House on Wye 

inside the tipiJust past our glamping site and not too far from the river Wye, which runs through our farm, is a moderate and peaceful walk trail which follows the river round. Starting from Hole-In-The-Wall, you’ll first pass through the village of Foy, an ancient Parish in the county of Herefordshire and about 3 miles from Ross on Wye. The village itself is very small, featuring only a few houses and farms; however, is still a beautiful place to walk through. 

The trail itself crosses the river twice by two suspension bridges where you will follow on top of the ridge in between. Walking through some pastel meadows, and several delightful villages, it’s a pleasant walk to go on. We recommend bringing some food with you and stopping for a lovely picnic where you can enjoy the views. 

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Tipis in the Orchard

If you’re looking to stay somewhere during your visit to Wye Valley, why not try glamping? White House on Wye Glamping site offers 6 luxury tipis where you can privately stay tucked away in the great outdoors. If you’re not a fan of the traditional camping, but looking for somewhere where you can get the full country experience, then glamping might be the perfect option for you. It’s a great way to stay if you’re on a walking holiday.

Tucked away in one of 6 spacious tipis, you’ll be accommodated with proper bedding, heating & electricity and your own private outdoor space to relax under the starry skies. Get away from the hustle and bustle of your regular lives and discover Wye Valley the proper way.

Final Thoughts

And, there you have it! As you can see there’s various trails and walks in the Wye Valley – from afternoon strolls, to big and long hikes. Before heading out on any walk, remember to prepare properly – there’s no such thing as bad weather, just unsuitable clothing.

Make sure you bring along a waterproof jacket, wear proper footwear, pack some snacks and bottles of water to ensure you don’t tire yourself out, and a map – many of the walks may have little to no signal; make sure you print out a map of your trail so you don’t get lost! 

With a mixture of natural beauty and charming landmarks, Wye Valley is a great destination to truly take in the outstanding countryside. Known as one of England’s most rural areas, you can take a break from the chaotic city life and simply focus on yourself and your surroundings without any silly distractions.

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Plan A Canoe Trip In The Wye Valley –…

Plan A Canoe Trip In The Wye Valley – Down The River Wye

Exploring down the tumbling waters through the pastel woodlands and charming towns is one of the many reasons tourists visit Wye Valley. Whether you’re experienced in a canoe or kayak or this is your first time, as long as you have your sense of adventure (and don’t mind getting a bit wet!), anyone can do it. Canoe hire is a great way of experiencing and getting a real taste of everything that Herefordshire has to offer, from the beautiful scenery to the historic landmarks.

There are plenty of places across Hereford where you’ll be able to get more information about canoeing or kayaking in the Wye Valley where you’ll also have the chance to hire either them for as long as you want – whether that’s for a couple of hours during the day or the full day. They will also include all the equipment you need, as well as any tips if you’re a beginner, so there’s no need to panic if it’s your first time.

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To make things easier, however, we’ve compiled a list of the most popular routes and how to best enjoy kayaking or canoeing down the river wye. Spend the afternoon gently paddling down the river of Wye Valley or take a couple days kayaking all the way from Hereford to Symonds Yat – whatever you choose, we can guarantee that you’ll have a spectacular time.

Hereford to Ross on Wye Canoe

Kayaking the river wye from Hereford to Ross on Wye is a popular adventure for many tourists; however it’s quite long one so be prepared! This 2 day canoe trip passes through some of the most beautiful sceneries in England with touristic stops along the way. Starting in the historic market town of Hereford, you’ll pass by Hereford Cathedral; home to the famous Mappa Mundi and the Hereford Magna Carta from 1217; it’s a great place to understand and take in all the culture that Hereford has to offer. 

Halfway between Hereford and Hoarwithy, you’ll pass Holme Lacey where you’ll find some food and refreshments to enjoy outside overlooking the beautiful river Wye. Unfortunately, between Hereford and Hoarwithy, there are few other pubs alongside the river, so we recommend stocking up on some snacks before continuing with your journey. If you do fancy a bigger meal, you can stop off at Hoarwithy where you can enjoy some well-deserved food in a traditional country pub. 

In the morning, it’s time to get back on your canoe and continue your journey down where you can end your day with a refreshing pint and some traditional country food at one of many Hereford’s pubs. 

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Hoarwithy to Ross on Wye 

If you don’t fancy the whole trip from Hereford, but are still up for an adventure, we would recommend driving to Hoarwithy and getting a canoe for the last half of the journey. This shorter, but equally idyllic adventure, takes roughly 4 hours. This is a great half day canoe trip for those who want a peaceful journey drifting along the river while taking in the amazing scenery and wildlife. 

After about 2 miles, you’ll pass Sellack footbridge which sits charmingly in the Herefordshire landscape. Should you want to visit the bridge for longer, there’s a short 4 mile walk around which gives some great insights into the rural side of Herefordshire. If not, the river continues flowing through the countryside passing through various farms and small villages. 

Keep paddling and you’ll eventually reach the historic town known for its picturesque location and famous Market House where local traders come and sell goods. There are lots of things to do whether you’re travelling solo or as a family, from visiting the independent boutiques, to walking around the majestic Goodrich Castle. 

River Wye Canoe Camping and Glamping 

If you love the idea of reconnecting with nature, but camping is not your idea of a good holiday, then it might be worth having a look at glamping. Not sure what it is? Glamping is similar to traditional camping, but you don’t have to sacrifice on your home comforts. It offers you a more luxurious stay while giving you the full country experience. In other words, this means that you have real beds, spacious rooms and heating (which, trust us, is a huge benefit when it starts to get a bit colder…), while having nature right on your doorstep.

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White House Glamping is our glamping site where you can privately relax tucked away in the great outdoors. Each of our 5 luxury tipis are fully accommodated with proper bedding and electricity, as well as your own outdoor eating area so you can have all the privacy you want. It’s a peaceful getaway surrounded by some of the most idyllic views of Herefordshire. The retreat is situated in the heart of Herefordshire just moments away from the famous river Wye and the secret pebble beach.

After days of exploring the rural countryside, you deserve nothing less than a good night’s sleep. For more information, see more information here: https://whitehouseonwye.co.uk/

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Extend your trip: Canoeing Ross on Wye to Symonds Yat or Monmouth 

If you’ve got some extra time, we definitely recommend extending your stay and travelling to Symonds Yat or Monmouth. Both are historic and popular tourist destinations in Herefordshire where you can enjoy the scenic views of the Valley. 

The journey is roughly a day’s trip assuming you’re stopping along the way. Your start point will be in the market town, Ross on Wye, where you’ll follow the river passing through the rural countryside and find yourself in front of Goodrich Castle, one of the finest medieval castles in the UK. Here, you’ll be able to book tickets in advance to walk around the castle where you can enjoy spectacular views overlooking the river, as well as learning all about the history. 

If you’re looking for somewhere to stop and eat, there are various pubs along the river route. The Inn on Wye is a popular lunch destination which you can access from the footpath. Otherwise, you can continue your journey towards Symonds Yat and head to Lower Lydbrook where you can get some food and refreshments. Though, if it’s a sunny day out, we recommend that you opt for a picnic instead and enjoy the views – trust us when we say it’s well worth it! Head downstream and visit Welsh Bicknor where you can walk around the Church before sitting down to feasting on your picnic. 

The river continues towards Symonds Yat where you’ll find yourself under the famous Symonds Yat viewpoint known as one of the best places to spot Peregrine Falcons and other birds of prey. Make sure you take some binoculars with you and see if you can spot any interesting creatures! After about an hour or so paddling through the never ending stunning scenery, you’ll reach Symonds Yat; home to a great variety of adventure activities. This is a perfect destination for families, couples – even solo travellers – where you can spend the day exploring the caves, visiting the museums or simply taking in the picturesque views that this historic destination has to offer. 

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The view from Yat Rock in Symonds Yat

Read More: While your in Symonds Yat, why not visit some of the filming locations for the hit Netflix show ‘Sex Education’?

If you’re still up for some more river adventures, Monmouth is only a few more hours in a canoe from Symonds Yat but, in our option, totally worth the visit. Known for its iconic 13th century gatehouse bridge and independent retail sector, we also suggest you take a look at its Shire Hall, the Regimental Monmouth Museum and the Acne Hill Vineyard. On top of that, you have countless pubs and bars to suit all tastes.

With nature right on your doorstep, there’s no better way of way to experience the great countryside than canoeing the river Wye. It has become a charming Herefordshire landmark where you can explore the natural beauty and idyllic views. As you can see there’s various routes you can take to soak up everything that Herefordshire has to offer; so what are you waiting for? Wye Valley canoeing is a must!

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2021 Best Things To Do In Herefordshire

Best Things to do in Herefordshire

Whether you’re looking for a brief getaway or an extended holiday, the West Midlands county of Herefordshire is filled with history, adventures, and beauty. You’ll find family fun, plenty of things to do in Herefordshire for adults, and much more. Read on to learn about the best things to do in Herefordshire.

Go Glamping

What better way to experience the beauty of Herefordshire than by staying in the outdoors. Glamping offers the luxury of a hotel whilst giving guests the sense of adventure they are looking for. We may be biased, but after being named by the Sunday Times as a top UK glamping site, we have to say that our site is the best glamping in Herefordshire. Take a look at our website here.

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Weston’s Cider Factory Tour

Enjoy a glass of cider (or two) as you learn about history while touring the UK’s largest cider collection of oak vats. Weston’s Cider Factory tour provides small, guided tours of their farmhouse and surrounding orchards. Tour the 400-year-old farmhouse, The Bounds, and wander among the rows of apple and perry pear trees.

Learn the entire cider-making process from planting to pouring. Along the way, the fun and knowledgeable guides weave in plenty of fascinating history about the surrounding area. Adults can try cider samples, kids can visit the Play Park (for free), and everyone will enjoy a delicious meal at either the Scrummy House Restaurant or Orchard Tea Rooms.

Combining both indoor and outdoor locations, it’s one of the best places to visit in Herefordshire regardless of the weather. You can drive in for a meal or spend the entire weekend exploring.

Canoeing on the River Wye

Flowing and tumbling through both the countryside and the woods, the River Wye is a beautiful Herefordshire landmark. As the fifth-longest river in the UK, it rises on the Welsh mountain of Plynlimon before passing into England.

Thousands of visitors enjoy visiting the River Wye every year, making it one of the most popular outdoor activities in Herefordshire. It’s primarily used by canoers and kayakers, although certain sections are swift enough for white water rafting in Herefordshire.

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Don’t worry if you’re new to canoeing or don’t have the equipment. You’ll find plenty of canoe hire businesses where you can rent what you need. With many gentle sections, lots of people find that the River Wye is an ideal spot to learn how to canoe or kayak. Keep in mind that the weather is a major factor in availability, so try to make your plans as flexible as possible.

Here’s an interesting tidbit: In 1770, William Gilpin published Observations on the River Wye, which painted the location in such a flattering light that thousands of tourists began to arrive yearly. It’s considered the birthplace of modern tourism in Britain, and its popularity continues into today.

Eastnor Castle Deer Park

Built in the 19th century, Eastnor Castle is a beautiful venue available for weddings and other large-scale group activities. Across the road from the buildings, you’ll find the Eastnor Castle Deer Park in Herefordshire, a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
Watch the herd of Red Deer graze and frolic in the lush woodlands. You’re welcome to stroll through the park whenever it’s open, making this an excellent option for nature-lovers of all ages.

Depending on weather and events, both the park can close at times, so be sure to check availability when planning your trip.

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Hereford Cathedral

Visit Hereford Cathedral, a historic cathedral dating back to the 8th century. It’s listed as a Grade I historic site, and is home to the world-famous Mappa Mundi, a medieval map of the world created in the year 1300. The Cathedral opens its doors at 9:15 am, and all are welcome to attend.

The stunning interior of the church features Norman architecture and two 14th century tombs of unknown ecclesiastics in effigy. Exploring the Cathedral is one of the best indoor activities in Herefordshire, making this a great option on its own or as an alternate day of fun if weather cancels your outdoor plans.

Amateur photographers flock to the Cathedral throughout the year. As long as you’re taking photographs for personal use (not commercial), you’re free to shoot as much as you like. No permit is required.

History buffs will love to see the Magna Carta. The Cathedral is home to one of only four surviving Magna Carta from 1217. It’s displayed in the Cathedral’s chained library. Note that the Magna Carta isn’t displayed year-round, so you’ll want to call ahead if viewing it is a key reason for your trip.

Hampton Court Castle

Take a trip back in time and visit Hampton Court Castle, a Grade I listed building in the parish of Hope under Dinmore. Dating back to 1510, it’s a beautiful castle and surrounding grounds rich with history.

Visiting the castle’s 12-acre gardens is one of the most popular things to do in Herefordshire. The gardens are open to the public throughout summer, where you can view the kitchen garden, Dutch garden, a 150-year-old wisteria arch, and even a maze with a secret tunnel. Check their calendar to find special concerts and theatre productions.

Final Thoughts

With a combination of natural beauty and interesting history, Herefordshire is an excellent getaway for families, couples, groups, and individuals. You can find plenty of Herefordshire places to stay, often even if you’re booking at the last minute. Plus, there are lots of half term activities in Herefordshire, if you’re looking for fun with friends.

You can find numerous free places to visit in Herefordshire, too. On nice days out in Herefordshire, you can canoe on the River Wye, hike through the Eastnor Castle Deer Park, or explore the gardens of Hampton Court. If you’re looking for indoor fun, tour Weston’s Cider Factory or the Hereford Cathedral.

As one of England’s most rural and sparsely populated areas, visiting Herefordshire can feel like stepping back to a simpler time. It’s a place to go when you need to recharge, relax, and leave the stresses of your daily life behind. For nature and history lovers alike, there’s certainly no shortage of things to do in Herefordshire.

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Visiting Our Glamping Site

Tips For Visiting White House Glamping

In this blog post we hope to outline a few important bits of information that you will need to know if you come to stay with us at White House Glamping.

Check-In

We aim to offer you a peaceful and relaxing stay. We’ll email you the week before your arrival with the name of the tipi that you’re staying in and you won’t feel hassled by arriving ‘on time’. When you arrive you’ll need to bring along the name of your tipi with you so you can find where you’re staying. Simply, head into the orchard when you arrive and find your tipi. We’re always on-hand in case you do need anything. As a reminder, check-in is from 3 pm and check-out is 11 am.

Check-out is much the same. Just leave your tipi, make sure the door is closed and be on your way.

pippin tipi

Directions

Let’s be honest, we’re not going to be able to beat Google Maps at directions. So here’s the postcode that you can plug in:

White House Farm
How Caple
Herefordshire
HR1 4SR

When you arrive, you’ll have a hill going down into a valley and you’ll see an entrance to a farm called ‘White House Farm’. That’s us! Turn into the drive and keep going for ~20 metres where you’ll see the entrance to an orchard and a sign for ‘Glamping’. By now you’ll have spotted the tipis, so as per the check-in instructions please head in and go to the name of the tipi that you’ve booked. You can park next to your tipi.

Things You’ll Need To Bring

We’d recommend you bring:
– Wellies (we are in the UK after all & walks on the farm may encounter cow pats!)
– Cash: We have a trust shop where you can buy charcoal or wood if you’d like a BBQ or light the fire pit.
– Food and drink
– A USB or laptop with HDMI cable if you don’t want to watch our questionable choice of films
– Smiles

Here’s what we’ll provide:
– Camping stove
– Fire Pit & BBQ
– Pots n pans
– Cutlery, utensils, plates
– Communal fridge
– Towels
– Bedding and blankets
– Projector & Movies
– A good time

inside the tipi

Things To Do During Your Holiday

We have Ross-on-Wye, Hereford, Ledbury, The Forest Of Dean and Monmouth all a short drive from our site giving you plenty to explore.

Places To Eat:

  • The Crown Inn.
  • The Green Man.
  • Lough Pool.
  • Beefy Boys.
  • The Bookshop.

Things To Do:

  • Canoeing. Hiring a canoe for an afternoon or the day is one of my favourite ways to see the beautiful area. We recommend using Hereford Canoe Hire, who will not only rent the canoes but also take you back to the starting location so you can collect your car.
  • Westons Cider Tour. Hereford is the largest producer of cider in the UK and you’ll be staying down the road from Westons Cider factory. We recommend all cider lovers taking their tour.
  • Paint-Your-Own-Pottery Studio. Glazy Days in Ledbury is perfect for a rainy day or those with a creative flare. Paint your own mug or pottery.
  • The Forest Of Dean. The Forest of Dean is a 30 minute drive and we love hiring bikes to ride around from Pedal Away or swinging from the trees at GoApe.​

Things To Do Onsite:

  • Fishing. There’s over a mile of river on the farm which gives plenty of spots for fishing. Our beat is managed by the Wye and Usk Foundation. You can find more information on our Glamping and Fishing page.
  • Explore The River. If you’re not fishing, we recommend you take a walk down to the river to skim some stones or just take in the beauty.
  • Local Walks. Take a look at our website here for 2 of our favourite local walks leaving from the glamping site.
  • Watch A Movie. Each tipi will come with its own projector and USB with films. You can tuck up in the tipi our take it outside for the open-air experience.

We can’t wait to welcome you!

Otis house from sex education wye valley Wye Valley

Sex Education Locations Filmed In The Wye Valley –…

Sex Education Locations Filmed In The Wye Valley – Maps Included!

I’m not sure if you’ve heard us ever mention this but Sex Education was filmed in the Wye Valley and we’re very excited by it. Not only is this right on our doorstep but it is also one of our favourite Netflix shows.

The TV show is basically a giant advert for the Wye Valley as that’s where it is filmed. The shots have got many people captivated and asking where it is – we’re proud that the series showed off our wonderful part of the world. In fact the river that is featured in the show is the River Wye which runs through our glamping site.

We tried to visit some of the top spots that we know were filmed near our glamping site in the Wye Valley. We’re going to share with you the locations of the top filming spots, including maps and our journey to find them.

Where Is Sex Education Located?

The Netflix series Sex Education is location in the Wye Valley which spans across both England and Wales. Top locations include Tintern, Symonds Yat and Monmouthshire. We’ll run through the top spots where key scenes are filmed.

Sex Education House Location (Otis’ House)

Otis house from sex education wye valley

The location of the Sex Education house that Otis lives in is in Symonds Yat. The cute red house sits above the valley with fantastic views. In real life it is actually a B&B so you could go and stay there (but obviously you’d rather come glamping in our tipis 😉 ).

This was our first stop, we arrived in Symonds Yat East and parked at the bottom of the hill. Although the map below makes it look like there is a road that goes right up to the house, it is a private road. In order to get next to the house, you have to take the public footpath down from either Yat Rock or from the path that starts from the road about 30 metres up from the Happy Cow Cottage and is opposite some lime kilns.

Here it is on the map. Take a look at the reviews, there are many funny ones talking about ‘Dr. Milburn’ – god I love the internet.

While you are there, make sure not to miss Yat Rock. It’s a short walk from Otis’ house and it has some stunning views.

yat rock views

The Woods

The stunning shots of Otis and Eric cycling to school through the woods are filmed in Bargain Woods, Whitestone. There are also many shots in the hills around Llandogo. We’re big fans of these shots, they really capture the beauty of the countryside around this area. Here is the map:

 

The woods where many scenes were shot is Fedw Wood near Devauden, Monmouthshire.

The Moordale School Location

The high school scenes are shot in the disused University of Wales campus in Caerleon. Although the school often seems American it is in our very own Wales. We didn’t get to visit this location so we’re unsure how accessible it is. 

The location for Moordale High School is here:

The Bridge

Tintern bridge in sex education

 

There are many bridges featured in the series.

Wireworks Bridge at Tintern is where this scene is filmed between Otis and Maeve: 

There are many other scenes filmed here too. We went along to Tintern (which is worth a trip in itself – visit the Abbey and walk around the town) and you’ll find the bridge just along the river from the Tintern Abbey. It is very easy to find so we recommend taking a trip here:

 

 

 

Redbrook Bridge is in a scene between Jackson and Viv in series 2. On one side of the bridge is England and the other side is Wales. The bridge Cross the River Wye of course.

Brockweir Bridge also makes an appearance in the TV show.

 

The Shop Where Adam And Ola Work

browns store llandogo

 

The shop where Adam and Ola work (and Remi lives) in season 2, is in LLandogo. It is very easy to find. We actually happened to stumble across it just driving through. If you’re a fan of the show then you won’t miss it! 

Apparently they used the same sign for filming as it is in real life – I bet that’s good for business.

It’s great to stop for some crips or drinks for your picnic. 

 

 

 

 

Maeve’s Caravan

This one was pretty tricky to find. There is no information online about it (until now!) but we recognised the area and had a gut feeling of where it might be. That gut feeling turned out to be correct – we couldn’t believe it. The caravan site is on a private farm and is normally used to house fruit pickers who work on the farm. We don’t recommend going here as you won’t be able to access the site and doing so without permission would be trespassing. It is located near Walford in Ross-on-Wye.

Other Locations

There are some other locations that we didn’t get to visit on this trip such as:

Amie’s House

Amie’s home is Bigsweir House in Gloucester. It is a private property and it is most notably the location for the party in series one.

Other Locations

Other locations that were featured in the show include:

  • Dean Forest Railway is a location that is visited in series 2
  • St Briavels Castle is where Jackson and his mum have a heart to heart whilst overlooking the River Wye

Where is it filmed?

Is Sex Eduction filmed in Wales?

Many people think that this is all filmed in Wales, and while they are almost correct, it is not completely true. Otis’ house is in Symonds Yat which is firmly in England as are other locations like Maeve’s caravan (Ross-on-Wye) and Amie’s House (Gloucester. There are many places filmed in Wales in Monmouthshire.

Sex Education Filming Locations In Symonds Yat

There are many Sex Education scenes that are filmed in Symonds Yat. Otis’ red house is filmed on the banks of the valley that runs through symonds yat. Eric and Rahim visit an arcade in season two which is a leisure park that is in Symonds Yat West.

Ross-on-Wye Sex Education Location

at yat rockThe filming location for Sex Education in Ross-on-Wye is a private caravan park and it is where Maeve lives in the series. We haven’t been able to track down the exact location where this is but we’re pretty sure it is near Walford and is a Caravan site for fruit pickers.

There you have it! All of the top filming locations from the hit Netflix show Sex Education. Now, who’s ready for a road trip to try and find them?