Biblins, Monmouth and the Wye

A choice of short or long walks along the River Wye towards Monmouth.

Technical sheet
No. 18285772
A Whitchurch walk posted on 05/01/22 by Walks from the Door. Update : 05/01/22
Calculated time Calculated time: 5h05[?]
Distance Distance : 16.88km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 88m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 103m
Highest point Highest point : 56m
Lowest point Lowest point : 15m
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Whitchurch
Starting point Starting point : N 51.838843° / W 2.638232°
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Description

(D/A) From The Royal Lodge
 front door, facing the river, turn left and walk to the end of the car park. Join the wide track beyond the barrier and follow it parallel to the river. Follow either of the tracks or the bankside path, for a little over a mile, until you reach the Biblins footbridge.

(1) For the shorter walk, cross over, turn right and skip to step (9) .

For the longer walk, continue along the track without crossing the river. At a fork, keep right (following the National Cycle Network route 423 sign) then follow the trail left and right (by a sign for Highmeadow Woods).

(2) Beyond a house, follow the path to the right of the drive, before rejoining it to pass a second house, then leaving it again to follow another parallel path in a similar fashion.

(3) Beyond the old station, keep on along the cycle track until it meets a road. Follow the road, close to the river, through trees and then farmland for a mile, until you reach an industrial estate.

Follow the road as it bends to the left, away from the river and through the industrial estate, to a mini-roundabout.

(4) Turn right and walk alongside the main road, passing another mini-roundabout to cross Wye Bridge and reach Monmouth.

(5) Before the A40, turn right down a ramp past the subway entrance (if visiting Monmouth town center, use the subway to pass under the road). Walk upstream along the riverside, in front of the rowing club.

After a series of fields separated by gates, the path passes St Peter’s Church, Dixton (detour highly recommended). Continuing along the riverside path via further gates and footbridges, you leave the Wye briefly to cross Malley Brook, before resuming the riverside path.

After a series of fields, the path enters woodland and then passes to the right of a house and garden. Ignore a path off to the left, keeping to the riverbank as it leaves the wood and passes through a field.

(6) Beyond Kennels Cottage the path returns to the woods, passing a ruined building and an old metal gate. After about a mile (keeping right at a fork with the Highmeadow Trail) the path emerges onto the campsite at Biblins.

(7) Cross the field and follow the main track past the various buildings to the footbridge.

(8) Continue through the camping fields and pass the canoe launching area. Ignore a path to the left as you approach Symonds Yat West and pass the site of New Weir Forge. The track eventually climbs a little and emerges between houses.

(9) On reaching the road, turn right and follow the narrow lane round to the left. Just beyond a white-painted cottage on your left, turn right down the steps to the hand ferry.

(10) Hail the ferry and cross the river back to Symonds Yat East. (D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 42m - The Royal Lodge

1 : km 2.15 - alt. 40m - Bridge - Shorter walk
2 : km 4.2 - alt. 26m - Houses
3 : km 5.2 - alt. 22m - Industrial estate
4 : km 8.11 - alt. 16m - Wye Bridge
5 : km 8.26 - alt. 18m - Subway
6 : km 12.38 - alt. 28m - Woods
7 : km 14.28 - alt. 27m - Campsite at Biblins
8 : km 14.62 - alt. 33m - Canoe launching area
9 : km 16.51 - alt. 30m - White-painted cottage
10 : km 16.7 - alt. 28m - Hand- ferry
D/A : km 16.88 - alt. 32m - The Royal Lodge


Useful Information

A choice of short or long walks along the River Wye towards Monmouth.

You have to use the hand ferry (fee payable) to cross the Wye on the return (you are advised to check that it is running before setting off) and the shorter route crosses the mildly unnerving Biblins footbridge. Riverside paths may be muddy in places after rain.

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The Royal Lodge

Symonds Yat East, South Herefordshire
HR9 6JL
Tel 01600 890238
Website www.rhhotels.co.uk
Email info@rhhotels.co.uk

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

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