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Wye Valley Wander   12 comments

Our wonderful spring weather was drawing to a close. One last chance – for now – to set out early for a walk in the sunshine. A change of scene was needed so we stayed local and took a walk in the Wye Valley.

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Parking up in Goodrich we headed up to the top of Coppet Hill for the now regular routine of cooked breakfast.

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Views over Goodrich Village and its castle.

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Our only summit of the day – Coppet Hill. A long spur between the sinuous bends in the river Wye.

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Lazing in the warm sun, bellies full of bacon and eggs.

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Its a lovely high level stroll before descending the long ridge through the woods and down to the river. This was the first time I felt moderately ill-at-ease in the new situation. We were walking a respectful distance behind a family group who were stopping more frequently than us. Not a problem as it was a fine day to pause and enjoy the surroundings while we waited for them to move on. What was unsettling was that under normal circumstances we’d have just walked past and shared our mutual enjoyment, where we were all heading, what a fabulous day it was. This is one of the delights of the outdoors, those brief moments of sharing these joys with like-minded people. It felt like I was avoiding them, almost rude and it felt wrong. Just something we will have to get used to for a while.

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The rest of the walk was a long easy wander along the banks of the Wye.

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The grassy meadows full of buttercups were wonderful.

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Just before we reached the church and hostel at Welsh Bicknor I took a look at the old railway tunnel on the long-abandoned line. Its blocked off now for safety reasons but when I was a kid we visited the hostel on a History field trip and took a walk through. A few hundred yards that slices off a good 2 -3 miles of river walking.

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I’d forgotten what a beautiful church it was, especially under such a clear blue sky.

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As we continued we were looking for a likely spot for a stop and a swim in the river. Unfortunately all the best spots were on the other side of the river and the few on our side were all occupied. The last few miles were protected by what must be one of the longest continuous patches of nettles anywhere.

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Still, the walking was still lovely, albeit it was becoming rather hot. The swim was badly missed.

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A new family enjoying the weather.

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We finished off at Kerne Bridge before a short walk back up the road to Goodrich and the car.

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Something different and another walk that I probably wouldn’t have done had the Welsh Mountains been open. Accentuate the positive!

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Another local post for local people   4 comments

A few nice photos from a couple of walks on Coppet Hill by the river Wye and Garway Hill in South Herefordshire:

 

TJS does drama classes on Saturday mornings at Goodrich so with 2 hours to kill you can just about take in a 5 mile walk down by the river and along the fine high level ridge that is Coppet Hill. Photos from a couple of days, one on a warm hazy day and one with a glorious clear spell after a vicious shower. Previous visit can be found here

Coppet Hill, Goodrich, River Wye, Wye Valley

Coppet Hill, Goodrich, River Wye, Wye Valley

Coppet Hill, Goodrich, River Wye, Wye Valley

Coppet Hill, Goodrich, River Wye, Wye Valley

Coppet Hill, Goodrich, River Wye, Wye Valley

Coppet Hill, Goodrich, River Wye, Wye Valley

Coppet Hill, Goodrich, River Wye, Wye Valley

Coppet Hill, Goodrich, River Wye, Wye Valley

Coppet Hill, Goodrich, River Wye, Wye Valley

Coppet Hill, Goodrich, River Wye, Wye Valley

Coppet Hill, Goodrich, River Wye, Wye Valley

Garway Hill a fine spot for a short stroll as you can park on it’s upper slopes. This day was incredibly windy and after poor weekend of rain we stole out in a brief spell of sunshine for some fresh air. Previous walk from last year is here

Garway Hill

Garway Hill

Garway Hill

Garway Hill

Garway Hill

Garway Hill

Garway Hill

Garway Hill

Coppet Hill   2 comments

Oh dear, a long way behind with my blog again. Lots to catch up on with a little trip into the little known hills west of Builth Wells, a trip to Wasdale and an ascent of Pillar and cracking birthday weekend in Snowdonia. While I get around to editing some slide shows and writing up the thrills and spills here’s a few photos, words and a little Flickr slide show of a recent family trip up Coppet Hill near Goodrich.

It’s a stunning little hill perched above a massive meander in the river Wye between Goodrich and Symonds Yat. The latter is a busy tourist fleshpot but this hill is mercifully quiet and unspoilt with expansive views over the Herefordshire countryside.

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Coppet Hill and Herefordshire countryside

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Kerne Bridge

It’s a fine place for a family stroll across the open ridge and down through woods which we hoped would be carpeted with bluebells but it was just a little early. You descend sharply down to the sharp-point of the meander before returning along the fields at the bottom of the hill.

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On the banks of the Wye

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Across the meadows

The last time I’d been here with D on a summer walk the Wye was high and chocolate-brown. This time it looked as if you could almost wade across. This was to prove the calm before the storms as over the next week the river rose to bursting point in the latter half of April and has only just returned to normal.

We managed to find a sheltered spot in the grass for a customary brew, watching the kayakers on the river (must get round to a canoe trip with the kids on my local river sometime) before heading home.

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Afternoon tea

A fine walk on a cold spring day close to home, a little stocking filler between the adventure on Rum and the walks to follow

Posted May 14, 2012 by surfnslide in Local Walks, Walking, Wye Valley

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