Even though I considered the Wye Valley Walk to be South Wales, it is about evenly divided in the southern part of the walk between Wales and England. The river is or is close to the border between the two countries. From Hay-on-Wye northwards, it is entirely in Wales. Symonds Yat, Ross-on-Wye, and Fownhope are all on the English side of the river. Of the three, only Fownhope really *felt* like England.
Herefordshire is absolutely beautiful! I’ll say it right here: I loved all sections of the Walk, but the stretch from Symonds Yat to Fownhope was just so mellow and beautiful. And as usual my Fitbit clocked me at 15 miles rather than the 10.5 I was planning from the guidebook, but not a lot of elevation change (less than 1000 ft). Despite the uncomplicated nature of the walk, it was a long day.
While I was enjoying my dinner at No 3 in Ross the previous evening, a fellow saw me reading my Wye Valley Walk book, and I met the tableful of his pals who had walked from Monmouth that day. They were covering a lot of miles in a short time. I left Ross earlier than they did, and they caught up with me at this bridge. I don’t remember their names, but they were nice lads, indeed!
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