Talk for Minchinhampton Gardening Club

We ventured across the river Severn to give a talk to the members of Minchinhampton Gardening Club. In fact, the River Severn was part of the topic! The talk is called “A Tale of Two Rivers: the Savage Severn and the Wistful Wye“. The Forest of Dean is hugged on both sides by the two great rivers, which have the same origin in Plynlimon in Wales — very different routes! — and the same end in Chepstow.

The talk can’t possibly cover everything there is to say about the two rivers. However, the members of the Gardening Club heard about the Severn flood of 1607, the elver wars in Victorian times, the visit of Samuel Pepys, ghosts at Goodrich Castle,  stories of Monmouth, Tintern Abbey, iron works at Symonds Yat — just to name a few things.

“A Tale of Two Rivers” is certainly one of the most popular talks offered by Forest of Dean and Wye Valley Tour guides. There is also a follow-up talk specifically about the 18th century boat tours on the Wye which marked the beginnings of “staycations” in England and Wales — “Down the Wye Without a Paddle“.

Contact us to book one of these talks or one of the many other talks that we offer.

Ghostly tales in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley!

Members of Sutton St. Nicholas Women’s Institute in Herefordshire were enthralled by a talk on “The Mysterious Forest — Spooky tales from the Dean & Wye“.

The speaker chose from a treasure trove of ghostly tales. There are at least two extremely haunted buildings — Littledean or Dean Hall, and St. Briavel’s Castle — which provide many intriguing tales. There are pubs and inns which have ghostly guests, such as the Angel in Coleford and the Fountain in Parkend, there are ghosts associated with mines, ghosts that wander down from Naas Lane in Lydney to Lydney Harbour. There are friendly, energetic ghosts working down Clearwell Caves!

Our members were very impressed with the tales you had to tell. We even talked about it after you left“, was the comment from the WI Secretary when she wrote a thank you email.

This talked is regularly booked well in advance for autumn meetings when organisations plan for a Halloween thrill. If you hurry, you may still be able to book it for your organisation.