Launch of Gilpin & Picturesque Walks – Symonds Yat West/East.
A self guided walk along the Wye including sights that would have been enjoyed by Gilpin 250 years ago.
Two walks 3.25 miles or 5.5 miles.
Further information can be found at rosscivic.org.uk
This event is part of the celebration of the 250th anniversary of William Gilpin’s visit to the Wye Valley.
Printed details from The Old Court Hotel or look up on www.oldc
It is 250 years since William Gilpin took a boat tour down the Wye in 1770, an event that heralded the birth of British tourism. His book, Observations on the River Wye, became a best seller, and taking the Wye Tour became the height of fashion by the late 18th century. Gilpin was a pioneer in the appreciation of Picturesque landscape in Britain and his ideas led, much later, to the designation of protected landscapes. Today the Wye Valley is recognised as one of the nation’s most treasured landscapes and is protected as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Events are taking place all year.