logo Walking Britain

Wye Valley Forest of Dean Walk
The Wye Valley from Brockweir

Region - Wye Valley Forest of Dean

County/Area - Gloucestershire

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 5.8 miles / 9.4 km    Ascent - 900 feet / 273 metres

Time - 3 hours 50 minutes    Grade - easy/mod

Start - OS grid reference SO539011
Lat 51.706733 // Long -2.66855
Postcode NP16 7NG (approx. location only)
what3words start mess.confronts.pianists

Maps Ordnance Survey Logo Anquet Maps Logo

Ordnance Survey Explorer OL14Sheet Map1:25kBUY
Anquet OS Explorer OL14Digital Map1:25kBUY

It is recommended you take a map. The preferred scale is 1:25k.

Walk Route Description

Photo from the walk - The Wye Valley from Brockweir

The areas to either side of the River Wye provides some excellent walks through lovely countryside. This route starts at Brockweir a mile or so miles along the A466 north from Tintern Abbey. The walk uses sections of the Offa's Dyke Path, which is generally well waymarked and easy to follow. Limited on street parking is available in Brockweir (grid ref. SO539011). In addition, the Brockweir Inn will allow parking providing walkers patronise the pub.

After parking take Underhill, a narrow lane unsuitable for motor vehicles just across from the Brockweir Inn. After 400 metres at Orchard Cottage (grid ref, SO 538015), turn right up the restricted byway and continue in a northerly direction for about 650 metres.to reach a junction with a lane at The Paddock (grid ref. SO539021). At this point the lane is also the route of the Offa's Dyke Path.

Turn left along the lane and in about 150 metres bear right off the lane and follow the Acorn waymarks of the Offa's Dyke Path. Across fields. Eventually the ODP re-joins the lane (grid ref. SO537031). Turn right and after 200 metres (where the lane bends right) continue ahead on the ODP (grid ref. SO538032). The ODP path leads onto another lane at grid ref. SO539037. Turn left and at the next junction bear right. A short way along on the left, turn left and continue along the ODP. The path soon enters woodland and descends into the Wye Valley.

You emerge from the woodland into open fields still descending. Away to your left is Bigsweir House. Reaching a flatter area and the driveway for Bigsweir House (grid ref. SO539048), turn left. The onward route bears to the right of Bigsweir House to re-join the valley route of the ODP at grid ref. SO537044). Continue south alongside the River Wye for about 5 km to return to the start.

Other walks nearby

Walk 1272 Devil's Pulpit & Brockweir from Tintern - moderate - 7.5 miles/12.2 km

Walk 1927 Oldbury-on-Severn & Littleton-upon-Severn - easy - 5.2 miles/8.5 km

Walk 3214 Symonds Yat, High Meadow Woods & Wye Valley - moderate - 12.0 miles/19.5 km

Walk 3302 Symonds Yat Rock and the Biblins - easy/mod - 4.0 miles/6.5 km

Walk 3437 The Severn Estuary from Thornbury - easy/mod - 9.3 miles/15.1 km

Walk 3750 River Severn from Arlingham - easy - 6.0 miles/9.8 km

Walk 1258 The Tyndale Monument from Wotton-under-Edge - easy/mod - 5.5 miles/8.9 km

Walk 3243 Garway Hill Common & Kentchurch - easy/mod - 6.3 miles/10.2 km

Walk 2670 Ysgyryd Fawr (The Skirrid) near Abergavenny - easy/mod - 3.5 miles/5.7 km

Walk 3435 Keeper's Pond & Blorenge - easy/mod - 7.5 miles/12.2 km

Recommended Books & eBooks

The Wye Valley Walk

The Wye Valley WalkThe Wye Valley Walk follows the River Wye for 136 miles through the beautiful and varied landscape of the Welsh borders. Typically taking 10 days to walk, the route starts in Chepstow and follows the Wye valley to the slopes of Plynlimon, Powys. The Wye Valley Walk is a perfect mix of river and hill walking, suitable for any reasonably fit walker.
More information

Walking in the Forest of Dean

Walking in the Forest of DeanGuidebook to 25 walks in the Forest of Dean, between the Severn and Wye, from 4-mile routes to all-day sections of long-distance trails such as the Offa's Dyke Path and Gloucestershire Way, this guide is ideal for exploring the forest and its history and includes the information needed for walkers of all abilities to explore this ancient area.
More information

The End to End Trail

The End to End Trail
More information

Social Media

Follow Walking Britain for the latest news.

Facebook Twitter

CBD For Walking & Hiking

Discover the benefits of CBD for walkers and hikers. More info.

Mountain Weather

Stay safe on the mountains with detailed weather forecasts - for iOS devices or for Android devices.

Digital Mapping Guide

Digital Mapping Guide - a simple guide of how to start using digital mapping. Includes advice and useful links.