Ramblers from the Isle of Wight visited the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley. Our guides prepared and lead them on a shorter and longer walk. One group visited the Buckstone, the Suckstone and Near Hearkening Rock. They then crossed the Wye at the Biblins suspension bridge and again on the rope ferry at Symonds Yat before ascending to Symonds Yat Rock.
The second group first walked through the Forest from Beechenhurst Visitor Centre to Lydbrook passing plenty of evidence of recent boar activity. They visited some exhibits on the Sculpture Trail, looked down on the site of Trafalgar colliery, where electricity was first used in a mine and found out the origin of the name Piano Corner. After traversing Astonbridge Hill Inclosure they descended to Lower Lydbrook from Joys Green where they took lunch at the riverside.
After lunch was a complete contrast with a pleasant riverside walk passing the Black Bridge and the former Cable Works, then an ascent past Rosemary Topping via a section of Offa’s Dyke. Accompanied by pheasants they crossed fields from Bicknor Court to Symonds Yat Rock.
All the Caulkheads (natives of the Isle of Wight) and Overners (non-native Isle of Wight residents) took in the world famous viewpoints at Symonds Yat Rock before returning to their hotel the St Pierre Marriott Hotel & Country Club.