Ross-on-Wye Walkers are Welcome Group is pleased to announce their eighth annual Ross-on-Wye walking festival. The festival will take place over the 23rd, 24th and 25th of September.
The programme includes several well established favourites like the walk with a lunch cruise on the river Wye, the steam train walk and, famously, “The Last Cream Tea of Summer”. Also on the programme is a leg-stretcher to the top of May Hill and a very special walk with a visit to Sollars Hope church where walkers will hear about Dick Whittington and his family. The medieval Yatton Chapel features on another walk where s history of the chapel will be provided by the walk leader followed by a light lunch. A shorter walk looking at the geology of Little Doward is also planned. In 2015 a surprisingly popular walk featured a visit to a robotic milking parlour and this walk, in the Hope Mansell valley, will be repeated this year.
The bookings for last year’s festival were a record at 241 and the walkers all enjoyed the event with many planning to return in 2016. Many of the visitors came to Ross from some distance and stayed in local hotels and guest houses. These overnight stays all helped to increase the £100,000 that Walkers are Welcome Group has brought into the economy of Ross.