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Comprised of the dramatic landscape of The Black Mountains, the delicious cuisine of Monmouthshire and so much more, there is plenty of fun to be had in the Wye Valley and Forest Of Dean. Continue reading to discover all of the different types of activities that can be enjoyed in this special location.

For The Outdoorsy Type: The Wye Valley Walk

The Wye Valley walk covers a total of 136 miles, with views and terrain ranging from breathtaking gorges to rugged forest paths. There’s no doubt about just how special this area is after being designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and what makes this walk particularly great is that you can choose a route that is best suited to you, from walk length to scenic preferences. Not only is there a wealth of natural beauty but there are a number of cafes, shops and other attractions not far from most trails, guaranteeing a fun filled day of adventure. The only question left, is which route will you take?

Check out our list of stunning walks in the Forest of Dean for some more hiking inspiration!

Enjoy the beautiful Wye Valley views from Symonds Yat Rock

A Craft Beer Connoisseur: Wye Valley Brewery Tour*

The Wye Valley Brewery have been fermenting craft beer and ales since 1985. Using locally sourced ingredients, this family-run business has opened it’s doors, allowing members of the public to learn about the brewing process and of course allowing you to sample the beer as you enjoy the tour.

Container filled with freshly brewed beer

For The Adventurous Type: Wye Valley Canoes

Wye Valley Canoes can be found on the banks of the River Wye, near Hay-on-Wye. The river itself weaves through some fantastic landscape and can take you all the way to Hereford. The centre offer flexible times and pickup locations meaning that your experience is tailored to your abilities, suiting novices to experts. Additionally, there are many hidden gems and eating facilities around the area which means that after a long day spent on the river you can enjoy a drink and mouth-watering meal.

Close up selection of canoes

For Animal Lovers: Llamas, Butterflies and Boar

Get involved in the latest holiday craze with Wye Valley Llama Trecking. Located in the idyllic location of Newent, enjoy breathtaking views in the company of these gentle giants. Briery Hill Llamas is great for couples, families and large parties of friends making it a can’t-be-missed activity for all.

Close up of an organge and black butterfly sitting on a white flower

If you’re visiting with small children then why not visit the Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo? Situated by Symonds Yat West, this attraction allows you to get up close and personal with some of the world’s most exotic species. You’ll also find a maze, miniature golf course, laser tag and a delicious ice-cream cafe on the same complex.

The Wye Valley and Forest of Dean also play home to a population of wild boar. Embark on a trail through the forest and see if you spot any boar, sow or humbugs (read about spotting boar safely here). The presence of these charming creatures mean that every venture into the forest is highly anticipated and fun for all.

For The Culture Vulture: Chepstow

An abundance of culture, old and new, Chepstow is the perfect destination for soaking in a little history whilst enjoying the pleasures of modern day. Activities may include exploring Chepstow Castle (where you can find the oldest castle doors in Europe!), perusing the Chepstow high street and it’s collection of unique shops or perhaps enjoying a day with friends at Chepstow Racecourse.

Searching through a selection of vinyl records

The Wye Valley promises to provide an enchanting visit, whether it’s just for the day, a weekend or a whole week. Check out our holiday cottages in the Wye Valley to start your Cotswolds adventure!

Image Credits: Nic Trott (CC BY 2.0); James Johnstone (CC BY 2.0); David Willis (CC BY 2.0)
*Note: Wye Valley Brewery Tours can only be attended by visitors of 18 years or over.