Start: 1st August 2020
12:00 am
End: 31st August 2020
12:00 am

Event Venue

Ross on Wye

GPS: 51.91445, -2.582446

In the absence of the annual Ross Walking Festival we invite you to come and visit our beautiful and relatively unknown corner of England for our “Summer of Self-Guided Walking” which is being launched on 1st August 2020. Walks of all standards and distances, which you can download/ link to your map app to explore the local town and surrounding countryside – forests, hills, rolling farmland, wildflowers and wildlife, the amazing River Wye and of course our buzzing little town with a range of independent shops and vintage trail.  Only an hour from Birmingham, Cardiff or Bristol.  Keep safe; Keep separate; Keep active; Keep happy…  and keep in touch for 1st August and beyond…


Cancelled due to Covid-19 – If you love walking you will love walking in the Wye Valley, and what better chance to learn about this beautiful area while getting your fill of exercise and fresh air, than by joining in the Ross-on-Wye Walking Festival  – 3 days of guided walks along trails and footpaths offering a taste of the town and the surrounding countryside.

 For 2020 the festival is celebrating the 250th anniversary of “Picturesque Tourism” that William Gilpin started in the Wye Valley at Ross-on-Wye in 1770.

The full programme is now available. Do book early if you can, to avoid missing out.

Take a look at the programme to book your walks.

Ross on Wye is recognised as an accredited “Walkers are Welcome”  – offering something special for walkers and others who love the outdoors.  We are happy to arrange bespoke packages for Walking Groups if required.

Ross on-Wye is also acknowledged as the birthplace of modern tourism, drawing visitors for over 250 years.  It sits at the heart of the River Wye along which the original tourists travelled by boat and later by train and on foot.   Today the river and views are largely unaltered from that seen by William Gilpin when he travelled down in 1770 and wrote his guidebook “Observations on the River Wye”.  Varied and picturesque background scenery – from the dramatic cliffs and wooded hills of the lower Wye to the rolling farmland and towering border hills; or the ancient Forest of Dean; much remaining as it was in those past years.

For today’s visitors, in addition to walking there is so much to do and see: cycling, canoeing, caving, climbing and a host of other outdoor activities. There are studios and galleries to visit, and the annual Hereford Art Festival the Borderlines Film Festival; an annual Beer Festival by the river; the lively Ross Regatta  and so much more.

Ross on Wye Walking Festival

To find out more about what is on in and around Ross on Wye go to:

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Fees & Tickets
Most walks cost £5 each to book except where an activity is included, the inclusive price is indicated in the description. Note that there are extra costs for parking in some areas.