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Ross Walking Festival gives visitors a great way to enjoy Forest of Dean

Posted on 07th September 2016

For three days starting from 23 September, the Ross Walking Festival will celebrate the natural beauty of the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley with a series of walking programmes. Offering a variety of challenges, the festival includes 15 different opportunities for guided walks through the countryside.

Wye Valley

Supported by a number of local businesses, visitors and locals alike can enjoy walking through this amazing region. The festival lasts three days – 23-25 September – and has a number of routes of varying difficulties. The entire weekend offers you some great ways to enjoy a cottage holiday in the Forest of Dean.

The first walk on Friday is the John Kyrle Walk – a 3.5 mile journey along the River Wye. It passes through St Mary’s church and the Prospect Gardens. Also on Friday, there is the Backney Bridge walk. A 5-mile challenge, it offers great views of the Wye Valley and the village of Brampton Abbotts.

One highlight of the event is the Wye Walk and Lunch Cruise on Saturday. Starting in the morning, walkers will cross the Wye using an ancient rope ferry. At Symonds Yat, the adventure culminates in a 40-minute cruise and picnic lunch.

Sunday morning offers another great walk with an 8-mile moderately difficult walk that covers the area of Rolling Hills to Yatton Chapel. The highlight of the walk is the medieval chapel and grounds.

For most of the walks, ticket prices apply and there are some charges. To get more information or to purchase tickets, please visit the Ross Walking Festival website.

Image Credit: David Evans (flickr.com)