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Ross-on-Wye

Herefordshire


Slow Ways linking Ross-on-Wye and Coleford, Hereford, Ledbury, Mitcheldean, Monmouth - Tryfynwy, Newent, Orcop Hill, Skenfrith

England / Herefordshire / Ross-on-Wye

Ross-on-Wye’s eight Slow Ways are 63% checked

Drawn: 8/8
reviewed: 7/8
verified: 3/8
and surveyed: 2/8

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Coleford—Ross-on-Wye
Colros one

Double check Distance 21km/13mi Ascent 639m Descent 761m
Coleford—Ross-on-Wye
Colros two Review me Distance 22km/13mi Ascent - Descent -
Hereford—Ross-on-Wye
Herros one

Double check Distance 26km/16mi Ascent 518m Descent 521m
Hereford—Ross-on-Wye
Herros two Enjoy me Distance 27km/17mi Ascent - Descent -
Monmouth - Tryfynwy—Ross-on-Wye
Monros one Enjoy me Distance 25km/16mi Ascent 260m Descent 293m
Monmouth - Tryfynwy—Ross-on-Wye
Monros two Pioneer me Distance 24km/15mi Ascent 284m Descent 318m
Monmouth - Tryfynwy—Ross-on-Wye
Monros three Pioneer me Distance 27km/17mi Ascent - Descent -
Orcop Hill—Ross-on-Wye
Orcros one

Double check Distance 18km/11mi Ascent 408m Descent 261m
Ross-on-Wye—Ledbury
Rosled one Review me Distance 24km/15mi Ascent 407m Descent 433m
Ross-on-Wye—Ledbury
Rosled two

Double check Distance 24km/15mi Ascent 335m Descent 361m
Ross-on-Wye—Ledbury
Rosled three

Verify me Distance 24km/15mi Ascent - Descent -
Ross-on-Wye—Ledbury
Rosled four Survey me Distance 24km/15mi Ascent - Descent -
Ross-on-Wye—Ledbury
Rosled five Pioneer me Distance 26km/16mi Ascent - Descent -
Ross-on-Wye—Ledbury
Rosled six Pioneer me Distance 23km/14mi Ascent - Descent -
Ross-on-Wye—Mitcheldean
Rosmit one

Double check Distance 13km/8mi Ascent 474m Descent 371m
Ross-on-Wye—Mitcheldean
Rosmit two Review me Distance 12km/8mi Ascent - Descent -
Ross-on-Wye—Newent
Rosnew one

Verify me Distance 17km/11mi Ascent 253m Descent 266m
Ross-on-Wye—Newent
Rosnew two Review me Distance 17km/11mi Ascent - Descent -
Skenfrith—Ross-on-Wye
Skeros one Pioneer me Distance 23km/14mi Ascent 447m Descent 436m
Skenfrith—Ross-on-Wye
Skeros two Pioneer me Distance 22km/14mi Ascent - Descent -

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Collective progress

49% of Ross-on-Wye’s eight route options are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified

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drawn

14/20

reviewed

2/20

surveyed

3/20

verified

11 people have contributed to Ross-on-Wye’s Slow Ways

7 people have pledged to walk and review a route

2 people have surveyed a route in Ross-on-Wye

295km out of 440km have been walked and reviewed

554km of reviews have been shared in Ross-on-Wye

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I've walked this route in both directions at least 4 times since January 2021. No issues, other than a short stretch NW of Hoarwithy in the Herefordshire Trail nr Upper Barn (SO 534 299) was completely blocked by brambles when I walked it in 2021, but was clear on three occasions since....

Simon Scott

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It was on reaching the footpath striking away from this road at Orlham Farm that I encountered my first issue - the stile seemed to take you behind a barbed wire fence - there were no signs of other walking heading across the recently ploughed field. As you strike out from the road into the field, make sure you head diagonally across the field, not around the edge. As I knew there was a driveway for the antiques business to the side of the property, I decided to follow this out of Preston Court, and walked along the road to rejoin the route. Here the route goes down the hill, to join a footpath along the valley bottom to Lodge Farm. After the footpath from Lodge Farm, you rejoin the road up to join the Herefordshire Way. From here you head off down the side of a fairly busy road for a km or so, before heading on to the final stretch of the route into Ross....

DBSevern

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A lovely walk! More coming shortly...

Hannah

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Ross-on-Wye—Newent

Hannah added Rosnew two, a new walk from Ross-on-Wye to Newent

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Beyond Rudhall the rural atmosphere is broken by the passage under the M50 (Photo three); the route then follows a drive parallel to the motorway, a few metres away. A quiet lane departs from the Herefordshire Trail and descends northwards from the summit before descending a path to Lodge Farm; on the way the view opens up into the heart of the Woolhope Dome (Photo seven, and see Herled for more information). The route skirts the curtilage of Lodge Farm and rejoins the Herefordshire Trail just west of All Saints church, Yatton (Photo eight). The route continues on the lane towards Much Marcle, ignoring the Herefordshire Trail branching off north at Lower House. After crossing three fields the route joins the Three Choirs Way, crosses the A449 again and passes Much Marcle church, well worth a look inside and out, including the magnificent yew tree (Photo nine) and the carved hedgehog on the Kyrle tomb. The route passes the left-hand side of the old building to access a yard with St John the Baptist's church on the right....

nichowes

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I've shared Rosled Five as a suggestion that's 95ish% the same as this one, but avoids 1km of walking along the B4224....

danravenellison

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It very nearly worked a treat, but just east of Preston Court the farmer has crown a massive and impenetrable crop of corn. I'm going to review this route as a "maybe" as, if the corn was not there, it would have worked....

danravenellison

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Ross-on-Wye—Ledbury

danravenellison added Rosled six, a new walk from Ross-on-Wye to Ledbury

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Ross-on-Wye—Ledbury

danravenellison added Rosled five, a new walk from Ross-on-Wye to Ledbury

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Ross-on-Wye—Ledbury

danravenellison added Rosled four, a new walk from Ross-on-Wye to Ledbury

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It was on reaching the footpath striking away from this road at Orlham Farm that I encountered my first issue - the stile took you behind a barbed wire fence. After this things improved for a while, with a nice mix of footpaths, drives and short road ssections leading to the edge of Preston Court, and the lovely church at the edge of the property. As I knew there was a driveway for the antiques business to the side of the property, I decided to follow this out of Preston Court, and walked along the road to rejoin the route. Here the route goes down the hill, to join a footpath along the valley bottom to Lodge Farm. The ram seemed to be guarding the stile out of the field, so I took that as a sign I wasn't welcome, and retreated over the broken stile, back to the church, and continued to follow the road until it joined back up with the route. As you leave the road to join the Herefordshire Way, you are treated to great views from Perrystone Hill across to May Hill, the Chase, and off into Wales - picture 4 gives an idea, but it was a slightly hazy day....

DBSevern

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it needs a re-route across the fields from Newent towards Kilcot Woods....

Rhys Jones

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A great route that could do with a few little tweaks, as mentioned by the first reviewer. More detailed review with pics coming soon...

Hannah

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There was a lovely sight just after Pencraig as the path opened - a field full of Borage (Photo X). (2) Where the path first approaches the A40 road just after Pencraig, the path is very overgrown - definitely machete season during July, but is only for a couple of hundred metres before it opens out again into the riverside fields....

Paul Chilcott

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sections of it are very overgrown (did this walk in June, other times of year this section may require less thoughts along the lines of "should have brought a machete") and a section through woods is very weathered with some clambering over trees needed....

Steven Coombs

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When popping out of Kilcot lane at the top of the hill, you are looking for the furthest left of three footpath markers - you can see two from the end of the lane, but there is one further down the hill on the left - this is the path to follow (runs parallel with the road downhill for a while). The footpath that runs from Linton to Fording Farm is not obvious - there is a footpath sign, but it just seems to go into someone's garden - I took a detour on the road round rather than find myself trespassing....

DBSevern

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Ross-on-Wye—Ledbury

nichowes added Rosled three, a new walk from Ross-on-Wye to Ledbury

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Rosled two is more direct than Rosled one but it has two points at which it is impassable, so I have created Rosled three, which I think is the best route, and the one for which I have created a more precise and accurate .gpx track....

nichowes

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As plotted in April 2021, Rosled two is impassable. This is because two short sections cross private land with no PROW. These sections are a) Yatton Wood to Lodge Farm and b) the short, straight drive to Bodenham House. Rosled one is a viable alternative route to Rosled two but I have plotted and reviewed what I think is the best alternative - Rosled three. It feels a little odd to have to give a star rating to a route that is impassable; I'd prefer to give it 0 for that reason but I'm open to persuasion on the reasoning....

nichowes

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Beyond Rudhall the rural atmosphere is broken by the passage under the M50 (Photo three); the route then follows a drive parallel to the motorway, a few metres away. A quiet lane departs from the Herefordshire Trail and descends northwards from the summit before descending a path to Lodge Farm; on the way the view opens up into the heart of the Woolhope Dome (Photo seven, and see Herled for more information). The route skirts the curtilage of Lodge Farm and rejoins the Herefordshire Trail just west of All Saints church, Yatton (Photo eight). The route continues on the lane towards Much Marcle, ignoring the Herefordshire Trail branching off north at Lower House. After crossing three fields the route joins the Three Choirs Way, crosses the A449 again and passes Much Marcle church, well worth a look inside and out, including the magnificent yew tree (Photo nine) and the carved hedgehog on the Kyrle tomb. The route passes the left-hand side of the old building to access a yard with St John the Baptist's church on the right....

nichowes

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Coleford—Ross-on-Wye

nichowes added Colros two, a new walk from Coleford to Ross-on-Wye

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It seems that I have to give a star rating, even though the route is impassable as plotted by a Slow Ways volunteer in April 2021; I therefore go for the same rating as Colros two, which is the recommended route that avoids the no-go sections....

nichowes

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The route descends from Chase Hill to cross Coughton valley, aka "The Valley the Wye Forgot"; this name refers to the widely accepted explanation that the River Wye used to flow through this valley and thereby cut off Chase Hill and Penyard Park from the rest of the plateau. After crossing the misfit stream in the valley bottom at Coughton Mill, the route does not ascend the full climb to the plateau but climbs about halfway up the "wall" and then turns right to contour round, through beautiful ancient semi natural woodland. After crossing the surfaced road up Howle Hill, the route continues to follow the Wye Valley Walk across a small valley in which a vineyard has been planted (Photo three). The next crossing is the road up Bull's Hill, beyond which the route passes a characteristic Wye Valley feature: a quartz conglomerate boulder beside a path through dense, steep ancient woodland (Photo four). The original plotting of Colros takes a short cut across access land between the Wye Valley Walk and Kerne Bridge. Colros two takes a small deviation to the south, rejoining the Wye Valley Walk along the drive to "Ravenhurst" (Photo six) to connect to the B4234 near Kerne Bridge. Once over Kerne Bridge the route immediately descends to the riverbank and sets off downstream along it; looking back provides great views of Flanesford Priory, Goodrich Castle and Kerne Bridge (Photo seven)....

nichowes

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Monmouth - Tryfynwy—Ross-on-Wye

Neil Summersgill added Monros three, a new walk from Monmouth - Tryfynwy to Ross-on-Wye

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(1) Through the woods from Monmouth along the River Wye - this is definitely the most beautiful section with fantastic woods and cliffs alongside the river. As a side quest, before you get to Biblins suspension bridge, there is a steep walk up through the woods to Little Doward which is a very pretty nature area and a good place to spot deer....

Neil Summersgill

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The sun was blazing, the route was carpeted with bluebells and wild garlic and the cider pit stop at the old ferrie in symonds yat was both welcome and deserved....

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Ross-on-Wye—Mitcheldean

nichowes added Rosmit two, a new walk from Ross-on-Wye to Mitcheldean

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I have trialled this route and diverted it to Rosmit2, which stays on PROWS and access land and skips the odd detour south to Drybrook and heads directly to Mitcheldean across Wigpool Common, an attractive promontory of the Forest of Dean, rich in interest to walkers....

nichowes

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An interesting route between an ancient Herefordshire market town and an ancient Gloucestershire town in the Forest of Dean, with a long industrial heritage. I devised and trialled this route as an alternative to Rosmit One, which needed revising, having been planned from the map only. I know this area well, having lived and worked in these communities for 40 years and counting....

nichowes

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grifftinfoilhat surveyed Herros two

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The sun was shining as I left Hereford but black clouds were gathering and the heavens opened as I left the city and entered the countryside. The paths were well marked for the whole route and I only wandered off course once, which was probably my own fault. It's a long route and the terrain was quite difficult due to the bad weather so its not for everyone....

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grifftinfoilhat took this photo on Herros two

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Ross-on-Wye

Mandylou surveyed Ross-on-Wye

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The only downside to the route was the section passing Cot Barn to Hentland House. I wouldn't walk this route again without an amendment to the section above....

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The route unnecessarily spends too long on the relatively busy, fast B road between Dinedor and Holme Lacy. As it approaches Ross-on-Wye, the route ignores the safest (controlled) crossing of the A40 dual carriageway at Wilton roundabout. I will submit my preferred alternative, which I have walked in full....

nichowes

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Hereford—Ross-on-Wye

grifftinfoilhat added Herros two, a new walk from Hereford to Ross-on-Wye

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The "Wildside" HERROS route appears as a downloadable pdf with full 1:25000 OS maps and a full route description on HWT's website at: https://www.herefordshirewt.org/sites/default/files/2021-03/Slow%20Way%20from%20hereford%20to%20Ross-on-Wye_Nic%20Howes.pdf....

nichowes

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Skenfrith—Ross-on-Wye

grifftinfoilhat added Skeros two, a new walk from Skenfrith to Ross-on-Wye

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Ross-on-Wye

grifftinfoilhat surveyed Ross-on-Wye

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Coleford—Ross-on-Wye

Slow Ways added Colros one, a new walk from Coleford to Ross-on-Wye

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Hereford—Ross-on-Wye

Slow Ways added Herros one, a new walk from Hereford to Ross-on-Wye

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Monmouth - Tryfynwy—Ross-on-Wye

Slow Ways added Monros one, a new walk from Monmouth - Tryfynwy to Ross-on-Wye

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Monmouth - Tryfynwy—Ross-on-Wye

Slow Ways added Monros two, a new walk from Monmouth - Tryfynwy to Ross-on-Wye

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Orcop Hill—Ross-on-Wye

Slow Ways added Orcros one, a new walk from Orcop Hill to Ross-on-Wye

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Ross-on-Wye—Ledbury

Slow Ways added Rosled one, a new walk from Ross-on-Wye to Ledbury

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Ross-on-Wye—Ledbury

Slow Ways added Rosled two, a new walk from Ross-on-Wye to Ledbury

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Ross-on-Wye—Mitcheldean

Slow Ways added Rosmit one, a new walk from Ross-on-Wye to Mitcheldean

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Ross-on-Wye—Newent

Slow Ways added Rosnew one, a new walk from Ross-on-Wye to Newent

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Skenfrith—Ross-on-Wye

Slow Ways added Skeros one, a new walk from Skenfrith to Ross-on-Wye

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Ross-on-Wye, Wed 19 June

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Ross-on-Wye’s Slow Ways starting point

Grid ref

SO5992024140

Lat / Lon

51.91435° / -2.58411°

Easting / Northing

359,920E / 224,140N

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