A whirlwind tour

tea at old courtA Probus group from Cheshire enjoyed a whirlwind tour of the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley. Starting at Chepstow, the group then travelled into the depths of the Forest, past notable places such as Dark Hill, Nagshead, Speech House, the Dean Heritage Centre, then on to Ross-on-Wye to browse and grab some lunch. The group then went on to Symonds Yat West for a boat trip starting from the grounds of St. Dubricius Church, with its magnicent 17th century tulip tree. The group was fortunate enough to see a hand ferry in operation, starting from the Saracens Head in Symonds Yat East, to the west side. After the boat trip, everyone enjoyed a lavish cream tea at the 16th century Old Court Hotel. To some on the trip, the highlight of the day was yet to come. The coach the the road along the River Wye and stopped at Tintern Abbey so that all could take a look at the magnificent ruin and take some memorable photos.

Bluebirds over the Severn and the Wye

Touring the Severn and Wye

The wayward weather behaved for the lucky passengers on a Bluebird Coach tour starting from Chepstow Castle. We went around the town and towards the Forest of Dean via Wintours’ Leap and St Briavels. We turned to go past Dark Hill, viewing iron works, as well as a monument dedicated to Forest heroes — the Mushets —  metallurgists who worked on the process for self-hardening steel. We then went on to Parkend before heading to Speech House. This gave us a chance to glimpse the newly restored stained glass window, Cathedral, which is a highlight of the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail. We then went past Beechenhurst, up the Cannop Valley and over the Monmouth-Gloucester Road A4136 to Lydbrook, before following the River Wye to Kerne Bridge. With Goodrich Castle on the skyline we headed to the A40. We were lucky enough to view fallow deer grazing at Wyastone Leys.  Lunch in Monmouth.  We drove up the High Street before 250 scouts and guides paraded for St George’s Day. Back in the Forest we headed to Forest of Dean Railway at Norchard where we had an enjoyable trip both to Parkend and Lydney.

We returned to Chepstow along the Roman road, the A48.  Throughout the day there were fabulous views of the Severn & Wye Valleys. Many of the spring wild flowers were out. We had more than a hint of the bluebells that will be at their best in May.

Woods of Leicester, Autumn Tints Tour, 10 Nov. 2010

“You took me back to my childhood”, said one of the satisfied passengers on the Woods Coaches tour “Autumn Colours of the Wye Valley”.

This coach tour of the Wye Valley was devised by a Forest of Dean & Wye Valley Tour Guide who wrote: “We were lucky to have a bright, sunny day when we toured through the Wye Valley and the Forest of Dean, taking in the rich gold and red tints”.

The Thornbury Red Hat Society

The glamorous women from the Thornbury Red Hat Society had fun when they spent a carefree Sunday afternoon on an Applegates Coaches Bluebell Coach Tour. After a sumptuous dinner at Bells Hotel, Coleford, they tiptoed through the bluebells at Wenchford on a route devised by a Forest of Dean and Wye Walley Tour Guide.

Red Hat Society
Red Hat Society Ladies have fun!
Bluebells at Wenchford
Bluebells at Wenchford