See the Wye from the footpath

A rope ferry across the river Wye
A rope ferry across the river Wye

A group of rowers who came to Ross-on-Wye for the Ross Regatta decided to see the river from a different point of view. Although they had rowed from Ross to Symonds Yat, they had never experienced the river from terra firma. So they booked a guide for a walking tour starting at Yat Rock.

After seeing the incomparable views, the group walked down the footpath to the river. They had fun crossing the river by the ferry — for once, someone else was doing the work on the water. They heard tales of the River Wye as the birthplace of British tourism. In contrast, they also saw evidence of the Wye’s industrial past when they visited the ruins of New Weir ironworks. They walked along the disused railway line, saw the old platform and the blocked up tunnel. Unfortunately, with lunch booked at the Saracen’s Head, there was no time to visit the lime kilns. That is on the agenda for next year!