Day 1: Arrival in Bredwardine.
Day 2: Bredwardine to Hay on Wye - 8 ½ miles (14 km)
The walk begins in the village of Bredwardine, linked by a fine 18th-century bridge (the first brick bridge in Herefordshire!) to the equally tiny Brobury with its fine Brobury House and gardens. From river level you tackle the only real climb of the walk, to the top of Merbach Hill, where panoramic views of the Wye Valley and the Black Mountains across the border to the South and West await.
A descent through fields and woodland brings you back to the river and then it's an easy walk across the fields and the golf course down to Hay on Wye. After your day's walk, indulge yourself with a spot of book-browsing in one of Hay's three dozen second-hand bookshops or simply settle down for a cosy pub meal and a pint of Wye Valley Ale!
Day 3: Hay on Wye to Boughrood - 8 ½ miles (14 km)
From Hay on Wye the route crosses the river and now heads along the north bank towards the village of Llowes. This is "Kilvert Country", the area around the parishes of Clyro and Hay described by Francis Kilvert in his 19th century diaries. Two miles further along the valley lies the small village of Glasbury on Wye. This is a popular spot for canoeists and there is a lovely café on the bridge – a good spot to watch the world go by and enjoy some lunch.
A few more miles through sheep-dotted fields and woodland brings you to journey's end at Boughrood, the unusual name is probably derived from the Welsh “bach rhyd” meaning little ford. The remains of a motte and bailey castle are evidence of the importance of these fording points – In the 11th and 12th centuries castles were built at Glasbury, Boughrood and Llowes to control these critical fording points across the Wye.
- Duration: 2 days hiking
- Distance: 17 miles (28 km)
- Grading: Easy.
The price is 165 Pound Sterling (GBP) per person based on 2 people sharing a twin/double room. Contact operator for sole traveller/single occupancy rates.
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