Reasons to visit the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean this week

Mike Silver

Mike performs regularly throughout the UK, Europe and Canada, appearing at music clubs, concert halls and festivals.

With a wealth of self-penned material and a portfolio of albums to his credit, he continues to write new songs and win new devotees.

As well as being a singer, songwriter and performer in his own right, Mike is much in demand as a contributor to albums and concert appearances by fellow musicians; he played alongside Show of Hands on their first live album; produced ‘Spring Again’ for Harvey Andrews, and provided guitar and vocals on David Munyon’s Deutsche Gramophon Prize-nominated album, ‘Poet Wind’.

Royal Oak, Whitecroft near Lydney at 7.30, admission £6 on the door

Art in Penallt

Art in Penallt was conceived seven years ago when a small group of local artists and residents came together to organise an exhibition of eclectic art in the village of Penallt. The festival is now recognised by artists and visitors from far afield and this, their sixth year, promises to be even better than before.adminupload_55996efa008cbaip

Over the years they have attracted top artists and makers like the renowned potter, their patron, Walter Keeler, not only to show but to demonstrate as well.
Capel Pentwyn and Babington Meadow are in the centre of the village of Penallt at NP25 4SE, Humble by Nature is at NP25 4RP and Pelham Hall is at NP25 4AH

22nd – 25th September
Money for Nothing

“Undoubtedly the BEST Dire Straits Tribute Band in Europe” Money for Nothing was formed in 2000 as a tribute to one of the world’s premier rock bands – Dire Straits. The abundant energy and the excellence and musicality of their performance makes Money for Nothing a “must see” for any rock enthusiast or Dire Straits fan.adminupload_577bd19c3ade5money

Friday 23rd September

Savoy Theatre, Monmouth

Tickets: £16.50  (£18.50 on the door)

Ross-on-Wye Walking Festival
Enjoy three days of walking around Ross-on-Wye with a selection of walks to suit all.
All tickets £5 per person unless specified otherwise.

Friday 23rd September

Walk 1 – John Kyrle Walk – 3½ miles – easy – 2:30pm to 4:30pm

The classic easy riverside walk. It follows the river downstream then cuts up onto the bluff overlooking the river Wye, on which Ross is built.  The return leg passes through St Mary’s church yard and the Prospect Gardens. Hear about riots, plagues and the fire brigade.

Walk sponsored by The King’s Head Hotel

Walk 2 – Backney Bridge – 5 miles – moderate – 2:00pm to 4:30pm

A circular walk from Ross-on-Wye with fine views following a section of the Wye Valley Walk. Heading out through pleasant riverside meadows and returning through the village of Brampton Abbotts. Mostly flat, with one gentle and one short sharp climb.

Walk sponsored by The Priory Coffee House

Walk 3 – Penyard Hill by Bus – 4 miles – moderate – 1:40pm to 4:00pm
We catch the number 33 bus from Ross and alight at Weston-under-Penyard. Bus fare payable on the day, English bus passes accepted. An easy/moderate walk through the woods on Penyard Hill returning to Ross in time for tea. Not suitable for dogs.
Walk sponsored by Escape to the Great Outdoors
Saturday 24th September

Walk 4 – Wye Walk and Lunch Cruise – 3 miles – easy – 10:30am to 1:30pm
Cross the Wye using the ancient rope ferry then it’s an easy walk along river to Biblins where go over the small suspension bridge and back to Symonds Yat. Here we’ll join our river boat for a 40 minute cruise while we enjoy our picnic lunch. Not suitable for dogs. Bring a picnic lunch. Cost: £20 (includes ferry & cruise)

Walk sponsored by the Ross Garden Store

Walk 5 – In the Footsteps of Dick Whittington – 5½ miles – moderate – 10:30am to 2:30pm
Follow Marcle Ridge high above the Vale of Leadon and take in the extensive views across to the Malvern and Cotswold Hills before plunging down into the secluded, wooded countryside of Woolhope Dome to visit the purported home of Dick Whittington, the famous Lord Mayor of London.

Walk sponsored by Mervyn James & Caffe Eleganza

Walk 6 – A View of Twelve Counties – 10 miles – moderate – 10:00am to 4:00pm
We start in the small town of Newent with its ancient Market House and ascend gently though farmland and forest to May Hill with its impressive views. We return on a different route through woodland and apple orchards to our start point.

Walk sponsored by the Prince of Wales Inn

Walk 7 – Rocking around Little Doward – 4 miles – moderate – 10:00am to 1:30pm

A walk with a difference. Pass through 40 million years of history. One long, steady climb past impressive trees and rocks, rising to the top of the limestone paving at over 400 feet about the river, arriving, eventually at the 300 BC Iron Age fort at the top of Little Doward. Not suitable for dogs. Lunch at Goodrich Castle Cafe. Leader:

Walk sponsored by the Radcliffe Guest House

Walk 8 – The Magic Milking Parlour – 6 miles moderate, one fairly steep climb – 10:00am to 2:00pm
We start at Hope’s Ash Farm to watch the cows operating the robotic milking machines and the young calves feeding themselves! Afterwards we walk around the Hope Mansell Valley taking in woodland, rolling fields and superb views in this special and little visited area just outside Ross.

Walk sponsored by the Linden Guest House

Walk 9
– Tale of Two Bridges – 8½ miles – moderate – 10:00am to 3:00pm
Walk down to Sellack were we cross the Wye via a Victorian footbridge. Follow the river to Hole-in-the Wall and then another footbridge back over the Wye to Foy Church then return to the car park.

Walk sponsored by the Ross Cider & Perry Co Ltd

Sunday 25th September

Walk 10
– Across Rolling Hills to Yatton Chapel – 8 miles – moderate – 10:30am to 3:30pm
A circular walk through some of Herefordshire’s best countryside stopping at Yatton Chapel, a medieval gem and the county’s most scenically situated church. Some hills and stretches of quiet country lane involved. Organised by the Churches Conservation Trust.
We will provide a cup of tea and light lunch in the church and someone will be on hand to explain the history of the church. Cost:  £10 (includes lunch).

Walk sponsored by the White House B&B

Walk 11 – Forest Steam Train Ride – 3 to 4 miles – easy – 9:30am to 3:30pm
Always a favourite; enjoy a steam train ride in the Forest of Dean with a truly interesting walk and a ploughman’s lunch. The walk will be around the historic Lydney harbour area where the views across the Severn estuary are spectacular. Come and enjoy viewing the Cotswold escarpment and other features through the unique “rock telescopes”. Lunch: Ploughman’s at the steam centre café. Cost:  £24 (includes lunch). Not suitable for dogs.

Walk sponsored by Multiprint & Wilton Court Hotel

Walk 12
– Dark Hill Furnace- 9 miles – moderate – 10:00am to 3:00pm

An opportunity to see some of the extraordinary industrial heritage of the Forest of Dean. See Roman, or even Pre-Roman iron workings that may have inspired the Lord of the Rings stories. Visit the partially restored iron works that produced some of the rails for our early railways. Find out how to become a Free Miner and pass long abandoned coal tips. You pass through some of the loveliest forest landscape.

Walk sponsored by the Sunnymount Hotel

Walk 13 – Ross half-round- 10 miles – energetic  – 10:00am to 3:30pm
This is a classic local walk following the second and more scenic half of the Ross Round Walk. (The full route of the Ross Round Walk is 18 miles and circles our beautiful market town).  Today’s walk is extremely varied and attractive, across pasture and farmland, through woodlands with 2 short ascents and, finally, the river Wye.

Walk sponsored by the Red Lion Inn, Peterstow

Walk 14 – A Spider’s Web – 4 miles – moderate – 10:00am to 12:pm
A favourite of local walkers at any time of year, this walk picks its way through a “spider’s web” of old paths around and over Leys Hill. Delightful woods, and lovely distant views.

Lunch:  Optional lunch at pub close to car park.

Walk sponsored by Ross Hoteliers Association

Walk 15 – The Last Cream Tea of Summer – 4 miles – easy – 1:30pm to 5:30pm

Walk along field paths and lanes via the cider orchards of Broome Farm. Enjoy a superb Cream Tea and an opportunity to meet the resident alpacas.  Usually time for a visit to the cider shop (for a tasting). Cost:  £11 (includes Cream Tea).


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