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Biblins Bridge over the river Wye
Biblins Bridge over the river Wye

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Route No 237 - Thursday 21 February 2008
Simmonds Yat (East) via hand ferry to Biblins Bridge & return along the Wye Valley Walk - 5km
Wye Valley, Herefordshire . . .

Ordnance Survey route map on the Landranger series map base

Map: OS Explorer OL14 Wye Valley & Forest of Dean


River cruisers being repainted for the summer season
River cruisers being repainted for the summer season

Ferry across the Wye from the Saracen's Head
Ferry across the Wye from the Saracen's Head

Ferry across the Wye from the Saracen's Head
Ferry across the Wye from the Saracen's Head

The ferry, a large punt, has a rope looped over an overhead cable that spans the river. The boatman hauls the ferry across by flicking the looped rope ahead and then pulling the boat along a few metres.

This morning we drove from our hotel in Ross-on-Wye to Simmonds Yat East and parked in one of the small "pay & display" car parks next to the river at map ref SO562159. We walked along the road a few hundred metres to the Saracen's Head pub. Here there is a ferry across the River Wye. You have to go into the pub to ask for the boatman.

Sculpture by the river Wye
Sculpture by the river Wye

River Wye near Simmonds Yat
River Wye near Simmonds Yat

Bank covered in Hart's Tongue fern by the river Wye
Bank covered in Hart's Tongue fern by the river Wye

We crossed the bridge and set off back following the Wye Valley Walk as far as our starting point at Simmonds Yat. Our whole walk was about 5km and took us one and a half hours.

At the other side is a good path along the river bank for about 2.5km to Biblins Bridge, a pedestrian suspension bridge over the river. The Wye Valley Walk comes up river and over this bridge and continues along the other bank.

Footpath alongside the river Wye
Footpath alongside the river Wye

Biblins Bridge over the river Wye
Biblins Bridge over the river Wye
Tangle of creepers on the river bank
Tangle of creepers on the river bank
Colourful fungus on a fallen branch
Colourful fungus on a fallen branch - Scarlet Elfcup (Sarcoscypha austriaca)
Canoeist on the river Wye
Canoeist on the river Wye
Another ferry point - closed for the winter
Another ferry point - closed for the winter

Shelduck at Slimbridge
Shelduck at Slimbridge

It was the half term holiday and the restaurant was chaos! But we spent a very pleasant afternoon strolling round the site.

After our walk we drove to the "Wetlands & Wildfowl Trust" reserve at Slimbridge on the Severn estuary at map ref. SO723051.

Greylag Goose at Slimbridge
Greylag Goose at Slimbridge

Moorhen sitting on its nest already!
Moorhen sitting on its nest already!
Tufted duck at Slimbridge
Tufted duck at Slimbridge