Historic Market Towns, Stunning Walks and the Most Beautiful Canoe Route in Europe

With panoramic views, the streets of Ross tumble like the strands of a maypole from the highest point at the 13th century church and its alms-houses to the Tudor buildings, stone pillared market place right down to its riverside pubs and hotels.

For shopping, the town is dotted with independent retailers and cafes. A few miles south, Symonds Yat is an activity enthusiast’s heaven, putting the Wye and its banks to full use with rock climbing, water sports and ferries, amazing walks and picnic spots and a plethora of watering holes and restaurants.

We have a local information and news site at www.wyenot.com and also at www.visitherefordshire.co.uk. Lots of interesting local information can be obtained from these sites, including local history, maps and local photographs.

Things to Do Checklist

Don't miss these fantastic local activities

  • Visit the International Birds of Prey Centre at Newent. They also offer Falconry training for enthusiasts. 
  •  Or for a hands on experience try the Wye Valley Falconry where you can have a private experience of flying or handling a variety of birds.

Several Canoeing and paddle boarding companies operate in the Ross-on-Wye area and they all offer half or full day expert tuition, guided trips or simply hire your own canoe for a self-guided trip.

Eastnor Castle is based just outside the beautiful town of Ledbury which is 25 mins drive away. http://www.visitledbury.info/

Eastnor Castle – you can explore the state rooms of the castle, visit the spectacular arboretum in the grounds, taking a pottery lesson, take a circus skills lesson or join medieval Knight school. The castle also has many events throughout the year such as a chilli festival, VW Bus and Camper show and a Landrover expo.



Other castles include: Raglan Castle and the Three Castles of Skenfrith, Grosmont & White

We have a strong tradition of farm cider making in Herefordshire and you can join the Cider Route by car or you could try the Cider Cycling routes. There are 2 routes which are 19 miles long and 20 miles long respectively.


Weston’s Cider can be found at Much Marcle which is 15 mins drive away. The have daily tours and also a restaurant serving light lunches and, of course, cider!


Croft Cottage is also home to Foxtail Distillery so please ask about one of our gin expereinces www.foxtaildistillery.co.uk

We are well placed for some great salmon & course angling. Contact Ross Angling Club for current day permit prices: www.rossanglingclub.co.uk

Explore the ancient woodland of the Forest of Dean, the Sculpture Trail and adventure playground at Beechenhurst. www.wyedeantourism.co.uk

We are close to Cheltenham, Hereford and Chepstow racecourses. 

TheHereford Mappa Mundiis the largest medievalmapknown to exist and is on display atHereford CathedralinHereford.

The Wye valley has some of the best climbing in the country and is easily accessible. www.wye-pursuits.co.uk/default.php

The Showground is only 30 mins away and has regular country shows which include a collector’s fairs, military conventions, RHS flower shows, Royal 3 Counties country show, Christmas shows, Caravan shows etc.


Wildlife is rich and varied throughout Herefordshire with 55 nature reserves managed by the Herefordshire Wildlife Trust.

You can find many wildlife walks and guides on the Herefordshire Wildlife Trust website: http://www.herefordshirewt.org/node/3169