Whilst 'Blue Badge Guides' conduct occasional tours of the area, we - the 'Forest of Dean and Wye Valley Tour Guides' - are specifically trained to give coach commentaries and lead walks in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley. Many of our members are 'Green Badge Guides'.
The late 18th century Romantics made the lower Wye Valley a sought after destination for distinguished visitors. While they travelled by boat, we travel by road to appreciate why the area is now designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Even though nature takes centre stage, with the dramatic rising cliffs and spectacular viewpoints, history always features as well. The medieval castles at Chepstow and Goodrich remind us that this was once disputed frontier land between England and Wales. The striking view of Tintern Abbey also speaks volumes about the past – it’s no wonder that Wordsworth composed some of his most memorable lines whilst visiting the area. This tour follows the route from Chepstow to Ross on Wye and includes a stop at the historic market town of Monmouth.
"We had a wonderful day, it was just what I had hoped....... Thanks for your help, it was even more essential than I had imagined". (July 2009)
The Forest of Dean is so much more than a glorious expanse of trees. This 20 mile tour reveals some of the Forest’s hidden secrets – royal, industrial, artistic, and natural. As we dodge the free-roaming sheep, we will pass the Verderers Court, nature reserves, former quarries, iron works, railways and coal mines and much more. In spring see the brilliant displays of bluebells and other wild flowers. In summer – see the trees in all their majesty. In autumn – see the amazing colours as the trees turn from green to red, bronze and gold and in the winter see the Forest stripped of its camouflage displaying the mighty oaks the like of which were used for Nelson’s fleet.
The Rivers Severn and Wye are two of Britain’s greatest rivers. They both rise on Plynlimon in West Wales but follow different routes until they meet again in the Severn Estuary at Chepstow on the border of Wales and England. Our tour follows the lower stretches of these rivers through Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Monmouthshire. Contrast the wide Severn with the steep wooded valleys of the Wye; both are beautiful but so different. The tour includes the historic Georgian town of Newnham on Severn on the great horseshoe bends of the Severn and see Tintern on the banks of the River Wye, perhaps one of the most beautiful settings for a Cistercian Abbey. Between these two rivers lies the Forest of Dean; 35 square miles of secretive, mysterious and majestic woodlands. Learn about the Forest’s past and see the splendour of these ancient woodlands.
"... I have spoken to a number of people who have said how much they enjoyed the tour and they have all asked me to pass on their thanks to you for making the trip both interesting and informative". (October 2009)
We can offer more than the routes and commentaries listed here. Contact Us and see if we can meet your requirements.