After a long day walking in the Wye Valley and enjoying the beautiful Herefordshire countryside, we ended up in Ross-on-Wye for diner at No.3 Ross-on-Wye.

A superb restaurant in this beautiful historical market town.

We enjoyed some great food in a perfect ambiance.

Who can resist a twice baked Hereford hop souffle with a cheesy, white wine, chive sauce & truffle oil?

You can tell that they are very dedicated to only serve the best local produce and the service is impeccable.

The staff really knows how to take care of their guests.

Do make reservations in advance should you wish to visit, because this restaurant is extremely popular.


Perched dramatically above the River Wye, Ross-on-Wye is the southern gateway to Herefordshire, the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean and the dramatic Symonds Yat.

Ross offers views across to the Malverns in the east and Black Mountains in the west. No wonder it has long been a magnet for visitors.

It is said that this popular market town is the birthplace of tourism.

250 years ago, a man called William Gilpin took the first step by organising River Wye Tours.

Today, this wonderfully picturesque Herefordshire area on the borders of Gloucestershire and Monmouthshire still has a lot to offer!

The Wye Valley

The Wye Valley is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, much as it was 250 years ago.

It is regarded as one of the finest lowland landscapes in Britain.

At its heart is the river Wye, one of the most natural rivers in Britain, which meanders majestically through the border region.

In this extraordinarily gorgeous landscape, you will find dramatic limestone gorges, native woodlands, impressive geology, and rich wildlife.

But also, a wealth of history including hillforts, castles and Tintern Abbey, the first Cistercian Abbey in Wales.

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Ross was the first town in Herefordshire to gain Walkers are Welcome accreditation in Herefordshire, so this area is a walkers paradise.

We enjoyed a nice 5-mile circular walk along the River Wye through pleasant riverside meadows, using a section of the Wye Valley Walk.

We returned to Ross through Brampton Abbotts.

From Ross you could also walk to the attractive village of Bridstow.

This 5-mile circular walk starts by the lovely River Wye and passes the ancient ruined Wilton Castle on its way to Bridstow.

Long distance paths

Two long distance walks pass through Ross.

The first is the linear Wye Valley Walk that runs from Chepstow to the source of the river Wye in Central Wales.

The second is the Herefordshire Trail, a circular walk of about 157 miles that connects all five of the County’s Market Towns; Ross, Kington, Leominster, Bromyard and Ledbury.

Ross Round

If you like a challenge, then take on the Ross Round.

This is a circular 18-mile route around Ross-on-Wye with additional 12 and 15-mile loops.

Three Choirs Way

Last but not least.

The Three Choirs Way also passes Ross.

This 100-mile circular walk links the cathedral cities of Gloucester, Hereford and Worcester through countryside of hop-yards, vineyards and orchards.

Be aware that there are multiple issues on this footpath such as broken stiles and a lack of way markers.

This route is not well maintained. Hopefully, this will change in the near future.

Cool Places to Explore

Goodrich Castle | Tintern Abbey | Symonds Yat Rock | Hereford Cathedral | Walking in Monmouthshire.

Cool Places to Stay

Rose Cottage.