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Speech House Lake and New Fancy Colliery Screens
distance 8.57km Vertical gain +95m Vertical drop -91m Durée 2h45 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in West Dean (Gloucestershire) - Gloucestershire

This circular walk uses well-marked paths and track across the Forest of Dean where you will discover a beautiful lake and an old colliery site on your way!

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Oakenhill Wood and Moseley Green from Parkend
distance 6.01km Vertical gain +82m Vertical drop -84m Durée 1h55 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in West Dean (Gloucestershire) - Gloucestershire

This peaceful circular walk in Oakenhill Woods uses paths and tracks in this preserved area where you could see wildlife.

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Mallards Pike Lake and Staple-edge Wood
distance 8.67km Vertical gain +137m Vertical drop -138m Durée 2h50 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in West Dean (Gloucestershire) - Gloucestershire

This circular walk from Mallards Pike Lake provides a good way to discover preserved Staple-edge Hill using tracks and paths in Staple-edge Wood.

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Cabtree Hill and Woorgreens Lake
distance 7.38km Vertical gain +63m Vertical drop -60m Durée 2h15 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Cinderford - Gloucestershire

This circular walk in the forest of Dean provides a good way to discover paths and tracks along a section of Gloucestershire Way and Woorgreens Nature Reserve.

Walking Wimberry from Mile End ( Download : )
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distance 4.33km Vertical gain +86m Vertical drop -85m Durée 1h30 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Coleford (Gloucestershire) - Gloucestershire

Starting at Mile End in the Forest of Dean visit the magical old quarries that have been reclaimed by nature. If you mooch about here you may find an old WW2 firing range used by the home guard. Continue down the valley where you may see old mines, then turn sharp right by a high old stone wall. The narrow path takes you back up to Perch Enclosure with magnificent pine trees. Take the loop around, past the old campsite and back onto the track where you started.

Walking King Arthur’s Cave ( Download : )
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distance 12.89km Vertical gain +342m Vertical drop -349m Durée 4h40 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in West Dean (Gloucestershire) - Gloucestershire

The outward route is the quickest and easiest route to Symonds Yat. The return is more adventurous, seeking out the impressive King Arthur’s Cave and secret viewpoints over the Wye Gorge.

Walking Symonds Yat via Biblins ( Download : )
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distance 9.26km Vertical gain +203m Vertical drop -207m Durée 3h15 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in West Dean (Gloucestershire) - Gloucestershire

The most straightforward route to and from Symonds Yat, featuring an old mine, a significant riverside stretch and of course the classic viewpoint of Symonds Yat. Look out for Peregrine Falcons and Goshawks overhead.

Walking Staunton & English Bicknor ( Download : )
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distance 18.46km Vertical gain +353m Vertical drop -354m Durée 6h15 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in West Dean (Gloucestershire) - Gloucestershire

Featuring the impressive Suck Stone and Near Hearkening Rocks, two medieval churches, a lengthy section along the Wye, the Yat Rock viewpoint and a quiet stream valley, this walk offers an in-depth introduction to the landscapes of the Forest of Dean.

Walking English Bicknor ( Download : )
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distance 5.72km Vertical gain +152m Vertical drop -161m Durée 2h05 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in English Bicknor - Gloucestershire

Dramatic cliffs, superb views and riverside walking with a wrapping of internationally protected woodlands and sprinkling of industrial ruins.

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A walk in the woods - The Wye Valley
distance 10.74km Vertical gain +342m Vertical drop -344m Durée 4h05 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Trellech United - Monmouthshire

A route through woodland on clear wide tracks.

Walking Puddingstone and pub trail ( Download : )
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distance 5.42km Vertical gain +190m Vertical drop -189m Durée 2h05 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Trellech United - Monmouthshire

A walk uncovering Penallt’s hidden millstone industry. With some steep steps, uphill sections and uneven paths. Best enjoyed in spring and early summer when the bluebells and wildflower meadows are at their peak. This walk takes you to a millstone quarry, to the riverside where millstones were loaded onto trows and passes two pubs where you can enjoy a glass of local cider!

Walking Yat Rock ( Download : )
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distance 2.6km Vertical gain +115m Vertical drop -114m Durée 1h05 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in English Bicknor - Gloucestershire

A steep descent and ascent from the car park at Yat Rock to the River Wye at Symonds Yat East.

Walking Head for the Hillforts ( Download : )
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distance 12.42km Vertical gain +391m Vertical drop -383m Durée 4h40 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in English Bicknor - Gloucestershire

Follow in the footsteps of the Wye Tourists down to the Wye. Cross the river at the Biblins visiting Little Doward Hillfort, King Arthur’s Cave and New Weir Forge. Return on the hand ferry at Symonds Yat West.

Organisation / Walking Club / Mountain guide
distance 16.88km Vertical gain +88m Vertical drop -103m Durée 5h05 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Whitchurch - Herefordshire

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

Walking Symonds Yat Rock ( Download : )
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distance 1.9km Vertical gain +115m Vertical drop -118m Durée 0h50 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Whitchurch - Herefordshire

A short but energetic climb to a stunning viewpoint over the Wye Valley.

Walking King Arthur’s Cave ( Download : )
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distance 6.52km Vertical gain +134m Vertical drop -128m Durée 2h15 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Whitchurch - Herefordshire

A walk through the woods to a local landmark, returning along the Wye Riverbank.

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distance 17.68km Vertical gain +270m Vertical drop -264m Durée 5h50 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Whitchurch - Herefordshire

A long walk full of interest with lengthy riverside sections.

Walking Huntsham Hill and Yat Rock ( Download : )
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distance 4.09km Vertical gain +151m Vertical drop -148m Durée 1h35 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Whitchurch - Herefordshire

Short alternative route to the viewpoint of Yat Rock.

Walking Symonds Yat ( Download : )
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distance 4.59km Vertical gain +21m Vertical drop -23m Durée 1h20 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Whitchurch - Herefordshire

A circular walk on good surfaces, mainly level along the beautiful Wye Valley at Symonds Yat. The River Wye seen from the world famous viewpoint at Symonds Yat Rock forms an almost complete loop. The river here flows 31⁄2 miles yet progresses less then 1⁄4 mile towards the Severn. This walk starts below Symonds Yat Rock in the steep sided, wooded gorge at the pleasant village of Symonds Yat East.

Organisation / Walking Club / Mountain guide
distance 7.54km Vertical gain +128m Vertical drop -122m Durée 2h30 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Whitchurch - Herefordshire

A wide meander of the Wye followed with Yat Rock as a highlight.

Walking Mills, Hills and Manors ( Download : )
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distance 8.08km Vertical gain +288m Vertical drop -286m Durée 3h10 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Walford - Herefordshire

Through woodlands on tracks and pathways climbing to the ancient Chase Hill iron age hill fort with fine views to Goodrich Castle and the Wye Valley.

Walking Brockweir ( Download : )
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distance 3.74km Vertical gain +21m Vertical drop -20m Durée 1h10 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Tintern - Monmouthshire

A figure of eight walk centred on the delightful village of Brockweir. The walk is mainly level along the Wye Valley on old railway tracks, the riverbank and minor roads, part in Wales and part in Gloucestershire.

Walking Brockweir and the Wye ( Download : )
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distance 4.99km Vertical gain +60m Vertical drop -59m Durée 1h35 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Tintern - Monmouthshire

Along and across the Wye to a historic English village, returning via woodland.

Organisation / Walking Club / Mountain guide
distance 9.2km Vertical gain +251m Vertical drop -248m Durée 3h20 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Tintern - Monmouthshire

Outward along an old tramway, with a high- level return offering fabulous views.

Walking The Angidy valley ( Download : )
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distance 6.14km Vertical gain +121m Vertical drop -122m Durée 2h05 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Tintern - Monmouthshire

Woodland walking and industrial heritage on a walk with several options for short-cuts.