Following the Romantics along the Wye Valley

A coach tour route in the Wye Valley

The Wye Invader, the largest vessel to navigate the Wye to Hereford.
The Wye Invader, the largest vessel to navigate the river Wye as far as Hereford. The ‘Romantics’ visited an industrial Wye Valley with numerous commercial vessels. Today the industry and river trade has gone and our routes highlight the beauty of the area.

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.

Comments from G. G., Oxford University.
“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)