Monmouth and Wye Valley Coach Trip

Clive and Cliff have put together this coach trip to Monmouth and the River Wye valley. This is an area which has large areas of woodland, fine viewpoints from the nearby hills and of course the River Wye itself. It has been recognised for centuries as one of England’s most picturesque spots.

There will be different grades of led walk as usual - something for everyone in fact - so this should be a great day out.

Symonds Yat & the Wye Valley is an area of outstanding natural beauty. We have two walks that follow the gorgeous River Wye and explore the extensive woodland around Monmouth. There will be time to enjoy the viewpoints en route and explore the many shops, pubs and historical sites in Monmouth at the end of your walk.

The coach pick-up point will be Sandwell Road in West Bromwich at 08.00 am (B70 8TG) and we expect to arrive at Symonds Yat at about 10.00 am. Our coach will drop us off at Symonds Yat Rock car park.

Each walk will start from Symonds Yat Rock and will end in Monmouth - where the coach will be waiting for an 18.00 departure time from Blestium Street, Monmouth, NP25 3EQ (near to the Monnow bridge, river Monnow and Robin Hood pub).

 

The outline itinerary looks like this:

 

Walk 1  Wye Valley Walk - Leisurely 6.5 miles (3.5 hours). Led by Cliff and Clive.

This walk starts from Symonds Yat Rock car park with a short walk to Symonds Yat Rock viewpoint. You will have 15 minutes to enjoy the wonderful views of the River Wye and surrounding countryside and you may get a chance to see the nesting Peregrine Falcons in the cliffs above the river. There is a cafe and toilets on site.

We then take a half-mile downhill route to Symonds Yat East - which is at river level - for a 15-minute cafe break. Here you will find cafes, a pub, hotel, toilets, and a ferry & cruise boats.

The walk then follows the River Wye for a 2.5 miles flat walk to the chain bridge over the river. After crossing the bridge we have a 10-minute break on the campsite before continuing our 3.5 miles walk into Monmouth - passing a riverside church and a sailing club.

 

Walk 2  The Wye Valley Way, Wysis Way, the Suck Stone, The Kymin Naval Temple and Offa’s Dyke Path – Moderate 9.5 miles (5.5 hours + refreshment stop). Led by Cliff, Julia and Paul.

The walk follows the same route as Walk 1 to the chain bridge and then climbs up the steep side of the river valley through dense woodland following the Wysis Way.

We continue past the impressive and unusual rock formations of the Suck Stone and New Hearkening Rock before heading towards Monmouth on attractive woodland paths and tracks through Highmeadow Woods.  

The Suck Stone is though to be the largest detached block of rock in the British Isles. It is a huge boulder of conglomerate Old Red Sandstone and Quartz, weighing in excess of 30,000 tons.

After another 2 miles or so we reach the Naval Temple on The Kymin from where there are spectacular views over Monmouth and the surrounding countryside.  

The Naval Temple was built by public subscription in 1800 to commemorate 16 of Britain’s most famous admirals and their naval victories in the Seven Years War and the war against revolutionary France.

From here we descend to Monmouth along Offa's Dyke path and narrow country lanes.

 

The coach trip cost is £12. You can make your payment by cash to Rashid on one of our Sunday walks or by bank transfer. Contact Rashid at: rashid@sandwellramblers.org.uk.