Ross-on-Wye – the birthplace of tourism
There’s no mistaking Ross-on-Wye in south Herefordshire as a market town. St Mary’s Church spire has shaped the skyline of Ross-on-Wye for over 700 years.
Perched dramatically above the River Wye, Ross is the southern gateway to Herefordshire, the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean and the dramatic Symonds Yat. Hailed as the birthplace of modern tourism, Ross-on-Wye was central to the 18th Century Reverend Gilpin spotting a great opportunity and then establishing The Picturesque Wye Tour., it’s no surprise that Ross on Wye has long been a magnet for visitors.
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A place with views
If scenery that leaves you breathless is your thing, then a stop at The Prospect viewpoint in St Mary’s Churchyard in Ross or a stroll along part of the Wye Valley Walk is a must. Take in the River Wye’s horseshoe bend and the stunning south Herefordshire countryside.
A clear day offers views across to the Malverns in the east and Black Mountains in the west and the ever present May Hill just over the border into Gloucestershire. Many of the local hotels, guest houses, B&Bs and cottages have great views – and why wouldn’t they in this wonderfully picturesque Herefordshire area on the borders of Gloucestershire and Monmouthshire.
History is our bread and butter
There’s a rich local history in these ‘ere parts with the 17th Century Market House in the very centre of Ross still sheltering twice weekly markets beneath its sandstone arches. As you stroll around Ross you can’t but help come across the ‘Man of Ross’ – a 17th Century Philanthropist, Sir John Kyrle brought clean water and clean feet (when he built a causeway from the river crossing) to the town.
Follow the River Wye a few miles downstream to the ‘Godric’s Castle’ – the original name for the English Heritage Goodrich Castle. Established in 1095 it stands majestically on a wooded hill commanding the passage of the River Wye in the picturesque valley of Symonds Yat.