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The beautiful Wye Valley is Border Country, fought over for centuries by the English and the Welsh. The great primeval Royal Forest of Dean is a fairy tale Queen of Forests where witches live, miners are free and sheep have badgers. With wonderful scenery all day, a River Wye Cruise and a cream tea included in the tour fee this is a great day for groups who like to see a lot without walking too far.

Our guide hops on your coach at the Severn Bridge to drive into the forest to buy morning refreshments at 10.30am. The Forest of Dean is full of myth legend and tradition. Verderers first introduced by King Canute to guard the ‘vert’ and the ‘venison’ are still appointed on a salary of a doe and a buck a year. They can still impose the death penalty for poaching but it must be carried out on a gibbet long since mislaid - so that’s that for the hangings!

Free time for lunch in historic Monmouth in the heart of the Wye Valley. This is the birthplace of Henry V - the one with the pudding bowl haircut. Monmouth’s ancient fortified stone bridge was hopeless as a defence since enemies need only roll up their trouser legs and wade across the river but it’s a thing of beauty and a pleasant spot to settle for a bit of otter-spotting. Market days in Monmouth are Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

For the afternoon we’re out on the water at Symonds Yat to fully appreciate the beauty of the Wye Valley. Our attractive all-weather barge winds its way through the picturesque gorge and village. See if you can spot the peregrine falcons, kestrels and buzzards on the limestone cliffs towering above the boat. After an hour on the water we come ashore for a peek at a lovely old church named for the saint said to have crowned the legendary King Arthur before retiring to enjoy a cream tea (included) all ready for us at a nearby hotel.

The day ends here at 4.45pm. We’ll take a direct but very scenic route back to the Severn Bridge, passing the romantic ruins of Tintern Abbey.

It’s a five-minute flat walk (approx 300 yards) to the boat and back. For very poor walkers we can arrange car transfers at no extra charge to access the boat if notified in advance.

Adults Seniors: £28

Available daily mid March to end of Oct

Prices valid 1st April 2018 to 31st March 2019

Holidays in Herefordshire

Stay in beautiful Herefordshire and

Gloucestershire for one to four nights and

explore beautiful parts of England & Wales

with local Blue Badge Tour Guides.

Visits can include the tour as described on

this page, Herefordshire’s Golden Valley

between the Black Mountains and the

banks of the River Dore including Hay-on-

Wye, The Cider Route, Chavenage Manor

(currently starring in Poldark), Cardiff, the

new tour at the Royal Mint in Llantrisant.

We’ve been working with Rural Concierge

- the regional experts for Herefordshire,

tapping into their unparalleled expertise

to bring you some beautifully crafted

SleepOvers so do ask for more details.

Call us on 0208 692 1133 to discuss the

possibilities for your group

30 miles