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The Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) launched a new edition of the Walk this Wye book at Brockweir Village Shop. It contains twelve new walks in the Forest of Dean, Herefordshire and Monmouthshire to enjoy from a gentle stroll to a healthy ten-mile stride through some of the most beautiful landscapes in the Wye Valley.
This edition is different to many walk books in that it provides walks which can all be sourced by public transport. Nikki Moore, Wye Valley AONB Information Officer was positive about the emphasis on the use of local buses and trains to access the countryside. ‘We need to promote and encourage the use of public transport as the ever increasing number of cars on our small, narrow roads impacts on our environment and on the landscape. Transport officers from both England and Wales have always been very supportive in the production of the book and we hope to encourage more walkers to use these services.”
Walk this Wye is also unique in that many of the walks have been researched and produced by volunteer walkers who have committed their ideas and a huge amount of time and energy to the project. Bridget Vine, a volunteer contributor commented ‘It’s really rewarding to see all our walks in print – and surely is a good way to promote the Wye Valley area’ .
Ashley Thomas Wye Valley AONB Joint Advisory Chairman spoke at length about the importance of recognising a superb landscape and the encouragement of getting people out to enjoy the views.
It was also great news that at the launch of this book the news broke that the River Wye had been voted best UK river by the Our Rivers campaign to celebrate the nations’ rivers and highlight threats to wildlife. The Wye beat the Thames, Dart and Great Ouse to first position. The awards, backed by WWF Cymru, RSPB, Angling Trust and the Salmon and Trout Association, were launched in August and thousands of people cast their votes online for the rivers they love, and for those which need urgent attention. The Wye was described as “magical and timeless”.It is a stunning river which captures the imagination of everyone who visits it”
We who live and work in the Wye Valley have always known it has a special quality and books like Walk this Wye will promote the enjoyment and knowledge of the river valley to all. Together with comprehensive tourism and travel information this is a real gem of information for visitors and local walkers and will be available from local Tourist Information Centres, bookshops and retailers as well as online from the Wye Valley AONB office at Hadnock Road, Monmouth. Any retailers who wish copies to sell please contact the Wye Valley AONB.
Beautifully illustrated, with detailed walk maps, tourism and transport information and retailing at £2.60 per copy inc post and package it provides really good value and would make a great Christmas stocking filler. To order your copy please contact Nikki Moore on 01600 710846 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.