'Observations on the River Wye'Tour ID: 255


'Observations on the River Wye'

Great Days Out for Groups.

Designed to Inform - Educate - Entertain

Commemorating the 250th Anniversary of the visit Reverend William Gilpin to the Wye Valley in 1770. His visit lead to the publication of the first travel guide book in history, 'Observations on the River Wye, and several parts of South Wales, relative cheifly to Picturesque beauty'. Such was the popularity of his work, that the River Wye became one of the birthplaces of British Tourism. Important cultural figures like William Wordsworth and JMW Turner swiftly followed in his tracks. Now a designated 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty', The Wye Valley, with romantic sites, spectacular viewpoints and pictureque landscape, remains substantially as William Gilpin described - 'If you have never navigated the Wye, you have seen nothing".


  • Ross on Wye
  • Symonds Yat
  • Monmouth
  • Tintern
  • Chepstow

Goodrich Castle can be included, but requires an admission charge to view.

All you need to do is provide the coach or minibus, with a working guide microphone. (Please contact the guide if you need a recommendation).

Driving Mileage - 71 miles (114 km) approx (from Ross on Wye). 154 miles (246 km) approx (from Cardiff). 107 miles (171 km) approx (from Bristol). 128 miles (205 km) approx (from Newport). 71 miles (114 km) approx (from Chepstow)

Walking Distance - Minimal - but with Goodrich Castle admission add 1 mile (1.6km)

If you are a fellow Member of Coach Tourism Council or Group Travel Organisers Association, please contact the Guide for exclusive discounts

Contact Guide



'Observations on the River Wye'


Phil Coates


Coach or Minibus




8 Hours



Alternative Start Points: Ross on Wye , Cardiff , Bristol , City of Newport , Chepstow