Guide to the Wye Valley for Cottage Holidays
The Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is an idyllic place to explore on a cottage break.
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What Does the Wye Valley has to Offer for Cottage Holidays?
When considering Wye Valley as a cottage holiday destination you will naturally be wondering why holiday in the Wye Valley? There are plenty of good reasons to get out and discover this stunning area which covers parts of Herefordshire, Mounmouthshire and Gloucestershire on a self-catering break. The Wye Valley is one of England’s most beautiful areas, as recognised in the fact that this area is a recognised Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. With a naturally stunning landscape of woodlands, hills and a river valley where the River Wye snakes through the valley, the Wye Valley is a wonderful place to get out and about in the great outdoors and to enjoy a choice of exhilarating activities. It’s all about breathing in the pure fresh air and getting close to nature when in this stunning valley.
Top Things to See in the Wye Valley
The Wye Valley has a stunning landscape but here’s our pick of the best beauty spots.
1. Trellech Plateau for the Inspirational Views over the Vale of Usk
2. Harold’s Stones and Tump Turret for those who are entranced by the magic of standing stones.
3. Symonds Yat Rock for picturesque views over the River Wye
Top Things to Do in the Wye Valley
- Wildlife Watching; there are 45 sites of special scientific interest and a number of nature reserves in the Wye Valley. Recommended places to visit for their wildlife watching opportunities include Lancaut Nature Reserve, Coppett Hill, Bigsweir and Cadora Woods and Pentwyn Farm Reserve. Whether you are hoping to see buzzards, woodpeckers, foxes, bunnies or frogs, these are some great places to start.
- Walking and Hiking; there are a great choice of walks in the Wye Valley including Offa’s Dyke National Trail and the Wye Valley Walk so pack those walking boots and prepare to explore.
- Horse Riding; exploring the Wye Valley landscape on horseback can be a wonderful experience. We recommend that you book riding in advance as in peak season, riding can get booked up quickly.
- Fishing; there are plenty of angling opportunities along the river Wye and in nearby lakes. Some self-catering cottages offer fishing either on site or nearby. Take a look at fishing holidays in Herefordshire. Gloucestershire or Monmouthshire for ideas.
We hope we’ve inspired you on some of the best things to see and do in this wonderful area of Herefordshire.
The Wye Valley for group accommodation
Because of its wonderful outdoor activities and opportunities, the Wye Valley is a group destination as sports clubs, youth groups and walking groups head there for weekend breaks and holidays. There are big self-catering accommodations to rent that could be large cottages, barn conversions, bunk houses and mansions - all suitable for groups of twelve upwards.