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30th June 2010 WALKERS ARE WELCOME IN ROSS-ON-WYE.....................
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The Ross-on-Wye Walkers are Welcome Group is pleased to announce that preparations are well advanced for the second annual Ross-on-Wye Walking Festival. The first Festival, in October 2009, was a success and attracted nearly 90 walkers to Ross. This year's Festival will take place over the weekend of Saturday, 9th and Sunday 10th October. The Programme is made up of 10 walks varying in distance from 4 to 10 miles. The walks will be led by members of Ross Ramblers and the Ross-on-Wye Walking Group.

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A winter view of May Hill and Ross-on-Wye from the summit of Garway Hill.

The Saturday programme includes two of the most popular of last year's walks, "Where falcons dare" around the Doward and the Wye gorge at Symonds Yat and "Back of beyond to the top of the world" from Garway Common to the top of Garway Hill. New walks on Saturday are a walk that takes the bus then passes through historic Harewood Park to Hoarwithy and "A walk in Dick Whittington country" in the area of Sollars Hope and the Marcle Ridge. Another Saturday walk climbs Leys Hill, follows part of the Wye Valley Walk and returns past Walford Church. The programme for Sunday retains the very popular "Cream Tea walk" where walkers can book a cream tea at the halfway point.

Also retained from last year is the second half of the "Ross Round". This year, however, walkers may order a fish and chips lunch that will be delivered to the lunch stop. Luckily, it's all downhill from lunch. Other walks include a walk called "Tinplate and telephone cables" that is centred on Lydbrook and a walk from Goodrich that ascends Coppett Hill and returns via Goodrich Church. For the less energetic there will be a gentle walk taking in parts of Ross and its immediate countryside.

This is a programme with something for everyone and the organisers hope it will prove attractive to visitors and local people too. Tickets are on available from the Ross Tourist Information Office and all walks are priced at the very reasonable rate of 3.00. Well behaved dogs, on a lead where required, will be welcome. Ross Walkers are Welcome Group does not just organise an annual walking festival.

The Group has produced four new publications that are available in the TiC. One of them is a booklet of 8 dog-friendly walks, designed by the Group's "Director of Canine Affairs", Ben the black Labrador. Ben can be seen in the March edition of Herefordshire Life magazine, leading a walk in the Bridstow area. Other new publications are a replacement for the very popular town map. This was going out of print but the WaW Group has rescued it and it is available free of charge. The leaflet listing 14 bus walks is still available as is the leaflet describing the Ross Buggy Route.

For more information on the WaW Group or the Festival please contact Secretary, Judy Baugh on 01989-763572, Chairman, Sam Phillips on 01989-563874 or Ross TiC on 011989-562768. Or go to the Group's website www.ross-on-wyewalkersarewelcome.co.uk Ross-on-Wye is one of a growing number of towns and villages that have achieved Walkers are Welcome accreditation. For more information on WaW nationally visit www.walkersarewelcome.co.uk.

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An Autumn Wye Valley scene.
The entrance to King Arthur's Cave, The Doward, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire on 5th July 2004.
The entrance to King Arthur's Cave, located at the Doward.

Symonds Yat view in February.

Leys Hill scene during the winter.
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