The amazing Wye Valley. Lots to discover and do.

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One of the most beautiful places in Britain is the Wye Valley. Running along the border of England and Wales it encompasses some of the most fantastic natural feature the country has to offer. It has everything for those active amongst you boasting walks and water borne actives. For the more sedate there is plenty of culture, history and dining to sample. One of it’s best feature is it’s setting as a place for your wedding.  For Wedding Hotel Venue Wye Valley can’t be beat and a quick look at this website will give you some ideas as to one of the best http://www.thespeechhouse.co.uk/weddings/ Lets take a look at this stunning region classed as an Area of outstanding natural  beauty.

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The Valley has Wales on one side and England on the other. It was formed in the Ice age and the glacier’s carved out the land cutting deep groves into the rock and earth. This has given us some of the most dramatic scenery and natural rock formations that can leave a lasting impression. There are many outdoor purists, Firstly the natural rocky outcrops along the route provide ample opportunity for climbing. There are nice slopes to tackle and the rock lends itself to the climber making there passage a bit easier. The Wye flows smoothly here so there are ore than enough opportunities of boating but one of the most popular modes of river transport around here is the canoe. These can be hired though many bring their own and it is not uncommon to see plenty of them being driving down the M50 motorway or A40 for a weekend of adventure.

There is an abundance of walks that can follow the path of the Wye and there are lots of chances to explore the surrounding countryside to. The Forest of Dean is within it’s borders and the ascent to Symonds Yat is tiring but certainly rewarding. It offers a view of the valley that is frequency photographed and never forgotten. Many outbound centres are located in the area and it is quite usual to find a scout or school group traipsing along or to encounter some hardy ramblers out and about following the path of Offa’s Dyke.

I did promise you culture at the start. Well, since the invasion of the Normans they decided to build a string of castles in the area to keep order and protect the borders. These are located in Chepstow at the mouth of the Wye, Goodrich a bit further up and finally Ruardean near its shores. Along the way there is the evidence of the Roman occupation with the still walled town of Caerwent and the large remains and Museum of the Roman fort of Caerleon. Finally, don’t forget the town of second-hand books and booksellers Hay on Wye. For Dining the Abergavenny Food Festival is a must but you are sure to find many quaint pubs and restaurants along the way. Happy exploring”

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