Biblins, Monmouth and the Wye

An extended level walk along both sides of the River Wye, with an opportunity to explore the historic border town of Monmouth.

Technical sheet
No. 26237931
A Whitchurch walk posted on 30/08/22 by Walks from the Door. Update : 22/09/22
Calculated time Calculated time: 5h05[?]
Distance Distance : 17km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 93m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 92m
Highest point Highest point : 57m
Lowest point Lowest point : 16m
Moderate Difficulty : Moderate
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Whitchurch
Starting point Starting point : N 51.839752° / W 2.638387°
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Description

Start: The Royal Lodge, Symonds Yat East, South Herefordshire HR9 6JL

(D/A) From the front door of The Royal Lodge, 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 (A).

(1) 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 similar fashion. Beyond the old station, keep on along the cycle-track until it meets a road.

(3) Follow the road, close to the river, through trees and then farmland for a mile, until you reach an industrial estate.

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

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

(6) Before the A40, turn right down a ramp past the subway entrance (if visiting Monmouth town centre, 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 (C), Dixton (detour highly recommended).

(7) 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. 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.

(8) Cross the field of the campsite and follow the main track past the various buildings to the footbridge. Continue through the camping fields and pass the canoe launching area. Continue along the path by the river. 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. Hail the hand ferry (D) and cross the river back to Symonds Yat East.

(10) From the Ferry Port turn right and return to The Royal Lodge.

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 30m - The Royal Lodge
1 : km 2.14 - alt. 37m - Biblins Footbridge
2 : km 4.45 - alt. 28m - House
3 : km 5.5 - alt. 28m - Road
4 : km 7.33 - alt. 18m - Industrial Estate
5 : km 7.95 - alt. 24m - Mini-Roundabout
6 : km 8.3 - alt. 17m - Wye Bridge
7 : km 9.45 - alt. 19m - St Peter's Church
8 : km 14.27 - alt. 28m - Campsite at Biblins
9 : km 16.61 - alt. 40m - Symonds Yat West
10 : km 16.87 - alt. 32m - Ferry Port
D/A : km 17 - alt. 31m - The Royal Lodge

Useful Information

Start: The Royal Lodge, Symonds Yat East, South Herefordshire HR9 6JL
Tel: 01600 890238
Email: info@rhhotels.co.uk

Notes: Routes uses the hand ferry (fee payable) to cross the Wye on the return (you are advised to check that it is running before setting off).
Riverside paths may be muddy in places after rain. The outward route as far as Monmouth is accessible to cyclists (returning the same way).

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During the walk or to do/see around

(A) The Footbridge at Biblins was built in the 1950s by the Forestry Commission, and refurbished in the 1990s. A sign advises that no more than six people should cross at once.

(B) Wye Bridge, Monmouth, carries the A466 over the river. The bridge was built in about 1615, and the original narrow arches can be seen beneath the wider arches and parapet added in the 19th century.

(C) St Peter's Church, Dixton, is flooded so often that a new gallery has been built inside the store valuables our of harm's way, and the don't event bother marking the flood height with a palgue unless it's more than three deet deep! The church dates back to Norman times though it may include some Saxon material. Despite being in Wales, the church belongs to the Church of England, and as an indirect result was the first in Wales to have a woman priest celebrate Holy Communion.

(D) The hand Ferry at Symonds Yat, near The Royal Lodge, is operated on request by staff at the Saracens Head. In 1800 there were 25 similar hand ferries between Ross and Chepstow.

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