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activities to do in the wye valley

The Wye Valley is an area of outstanding natural beauty located on the border between England and Wales. This beautiful area of the country serves as the perfect backdrop to numerous outdoor activities which are a joy to take part in as well as help keep you fit!


There are plenty of scenic walking routes in the Wye Valley where you will experience outstanding views and peaceful wooded trails. Public footpaths meander this area with two long-distance paths to enjoy:

  1. Wye Valley Walk
  2. Offa’s Dyke Path


The Wye Valley gets its name from the River Wye which flows through its boundaries – it provides a wealth of opportunities for water activities, the most popular of which is canoeing.

If you are planning to go canoeing, we recommend that you find a recognised company to do it with because canoeing can be a potentially dangerous activity – so do it with guidance and support from professionals.


Caving is very popular in the Wye Valley and there are not many activities that rival the thrill and sense of exploration that caving can bring. Like canoeing, caving can be very dangerous so you need to get in touch with an organisation or club that can take you. You can get further information by visiting the website of the Royal Forest of Dean Caving club.


Like Caving, the Wye Valley is often frequented by individuals looking for the excitement and challenge of climbing – with the Wye Gorge, Symonds Yat and Wintours Leap, there are not many better destinations for this activity. There are a number of companies offering climbing days and here are two examples to get your started:

  1. Wye Pursuits
  2. Hatt Adventures

There is much more to enjoy in the Wye Valley than the brief overview we have given here. If you are interested in visiting, please have a look at the selection of cottages to rent in the Wye Valley we have available.