We are not a boastful lot in the Wye Valley. We are used to people waxing lyrical about the landscape, the river, the views, the history, the fine food and the welcome to be found in the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and we have earned a fair number of accolades throughout 2011.
These included the Best River in England and Wales, the Nation’s Favourite Park for The Old Station Tintern and top restaurant in Wales for the Crown at Whitebrook to name but a few.
We were however delighted to hear that the Wye Valley Walk has earned third place behind Hadrian’s Wall and the West Highland Way in the Countryfile Magazine Awards for the Britain’s Greatest Walking Trails.
The awards were launched in the April issue of Countryfile Magazine and featured 10 categories, from conservation projects and food heroes to walks and trails and our finest nature reserves. In each of the ten categories, a panel of experts drew up a shortlist of candidates. The awards were then voted for by readers of the magazine and members of the public via post, email and on the Countryfile Magazine website,
The Wye Valley Walk, a 136 mile walk from Chepstow to Plynlimon through some of the finest river lndscapes in the British Isles, is managed by a partnership from the Wye Valley AONB, Monmouthshire, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Powys County Councils and have redcently brought out a new amended official guide to this Walk through the well known trail guide