Places to stay, things to do, good food and drink
We love walking in winter and we’ve had some fantastic suggestions from local people sharing their favourite routes.
Make sure you try at least one of these this year!
Here are some of Contour Outdoor’s favourite walks from adventure activity expert, Bob Thomas :
WALK 1: GOODRICH CASTLE LOOP
Where (from and to): Goodrich Castle
How far: 8 miles (13 kms); Height Gain 95m; Approximate Time 3.5 Hours
What to see/do along the way: Two of the Forest’s best known features come together on this walk through a spectacular section of the Wye Valley Gorge
Difficulty level: Easy, fields, paths, tacks and quiet lanes
Why it’s special: Great views of the Wye and Goodrich Castle. Plenty of places to eat and drink post walk
WALK 2: St. BRIAVELS AND HEWESFIELD
Where (from and to):St Briavels
How far: 8 miles (13 kms); Height Gain 295m; Approximate Time 4 hours
What to see/do along the way: St Briavels Castle and the picturesque hamlet of Hewesfield all feature in this extended circuit of St. Briavels
Difficulty level: Moderate, old tracks, field paths and quiet lanes
Why it’s special: Medieval churches, a castle and Offa’s Dyke.
WALK 3: CHEPSTOW & LANCAUT
Where (from and to): Chepstow
How far: 4.5 miles (7.2 Kms); Height Gain 255m; Approximate Time 2.5 hours
What to see/do along the way: Chepstow Castle, Wintour’s Leap,
Difficulty level: Moderate, field paths, quiet lanes and a short scramble across boulders
Why it’s special: Chepstow was one of the first castles built after the Norman invasion. From Chepstow you venture along the Wye to the ruins of St James Church
WALK 4: SYMONDS YAT & HIGHMEADOW WOODS
Where (from and to): Symonds Yat
How far: 9.5 miles (14.5 kms); Height Gain 465m; Approximate Time 4.5 hours
What to see/do along the way: the View from Symonds Yat; Remains of Ancient Hill Fort & Settlement
Difficulty level: Hard, woodland tracks and paths
Why it’s special: So much to see, ranging from the Symonds Yat View Point, to massive 14,000 ton boulders, reputed to be the largest in Britain
WALK 5: TINTERN ABBEY & THE DEVIL’S PULPIT
Where (from and to): Tintern Abbey
How far: 6 miles (9.7 kms); Height Gain 300m; Approximate Time 3 hours
What to see/do along the way: Tintern Abbey, great woodland walk, Devil’s Pulpit Viewpoint
Difficulty level: Moderate, woodland paths and tracks
Why it’s special: The walk starts at one of the most impressive ruined abbeys in the country, a great viewpoint and a fantastic section of Offa’s Dyke Path
How about this alternative from Way 2 Go Adventures:
WALK 6: NORDIC
How far: 4 x 1hr or 2 x 2hr sessions for
What to see/do along the way: Various views
Difficulty level: Easy – medium
Why it’s special: Nordic Walking taster or Technique course with Way2Go Adventures. Nordic Walking is a fast growing outdoor fitness activity, if using the correct technique using poles to propel you along it give you an all over body workout, less impact on joints, as well as having a fitness element it is also a social activity and a great way of meeting new people while enjoying the outdoors.
…and a few from Dordie C Ketley who enjoys walking from her tranquil Cottages at Middletown Farm
WALK 7: MAISEMORE CIRCULAR WALK
This walk is about 5 miles and takes about 2 1/2 hours.
Place that supplies equipment to bee keepers which is quite interesting. There are usually some fascinating things outside for us to discuss. Then we go along a little path to a ridge at the edge of the Severn Valley. This is utterly amazing with views across the river and for miles beyond. We overlook large trees with birds of prey nesting and flying around – you
actually look down onto the birds flying. There is also a deer farm and you can see stags and does and their young.
WALK 8: MAY HILL WALK
This walk is about 5 miles and takes a couple of hours
The view is spectacular. Then we walk up to the top of May Hill to the 100 trees which were planted honour of Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee. You can see seven counties in England and Wales from the top and the River Wye can be followed for quite a way.
Thanks to everyone who sent their ideas in!