Between the Severn and the Wye

A visitor inspecting the Severn Rail Bridge memorial at Lydney Harbour.
A visitor inspecting the Severn Rail Bridge memorial at Lydney Harbour. Sharpness can be seen at the other side of the Severn.

The Rivers Severn and Wye are two of Britain’s greatest rivers. They both rise on Plynlimon in West Wales but follow different routes until they meet again in the Severn Estuary at Chepstow on the border of Wales and England. Our tour follows the lower stretches of these rivers through Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Monmouthshire. Contrast the wide Severn with the steep wooded valleys of the Wye; both are beautiful but so different. The tour includes the historic Georgian town of Newnham on Severn on the great horseshoe bends of the Severn and see Tintern on the banks of the River Wye, perhaps one of the most beautiful settings for a Cistercian Abbey. Between these two rivers lies the Forest of Dean; 35 square miles of secretive, mysterious and majestic woodlands. Learn about the Forest’s past and see the splendour of these ancient woodlands.

Whetstone 25 Club:
“… I have spoken to a number of people who have said how much they enjoyed the tour and they have all asked me to pass on their thanks to you for making the trip both interesting and informative”. (October 2009)

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”.

“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 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