A brand new comprehensive guide to the heritage of the Wye Valley was launched in March at Chepstow Racecourse.
This long awaited guidebook to the heritage and important sites in the Wye Valley between Ross on Wye and Chepstow has been produced by the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership using a wealth of information produced by the recent Overlooking the Wye Heritage Lottery funded scheme.
The publication will make a perfect travel companion for tourists visiting the area or for local people who wish to understand and enjoy this historic landscape. As one of the earliest areas to industrialise, the Wye Valley was at the cutting edge of Britain’s industrial development over two hundred years before the industrial revolution. The Wye Valley also saw the first tourism trips for visitors seeking the Picturesque and the glorious Wye countryside.
This lavishly illustrated book opens the door for the reader into a fascinating historical past with stories, paintings, poetry and photographs and will inspire exploration of this internationally important landscape.
Priced at £7.50, copies can be obtained from local booksellers or from publishers Black Dwarf Lightmoor Publications Ltd (www.lightmoor.co.uk) or from the Wye Valley AONB offices (www.wyevalleyaonb.org.uk), tel: 01600 713977
Visitors have delighted in the landscape of the Wye Valley for centuries. British tourism was born here in the late 1700s, when the Wye Tour became fashionable as a two day boat trip from Ross on Wye to Chepstow. Tourists marvelled at the inspirational views and picturesque ruins, and loved the thick smoke and beating hammers of the ironworks which lined the river and added ‘grandeur’ to the scenery. As one of the earliest areas in Britain to industrialise, the Wye Valley was at the cutting edge of Britain’s industrial development some two hundred years before the Industrial Revolution. Much of this heritage was forgotten about and culturally overlooked, until the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership ran Overlooking the Wye, a £3 million Lottery funded scheme, to help people understand and enjoy this historic landscape. Through conservation and interpretation works this hidden history was brought back to life. As a legacy of Overlooking the Wye, this book opens a door for you into that past, with stories, paintings, poetry and photographs illustrating the remarkable heritage of the Wye Valley. We hope you are inspired to explore this internationally important protected landscape, which straddles the England-Wales border. You will be continuing a tradition dating back hundreds of years.