WYE

EXPLORER

River Wye/Wye Valley Walk

The Winding River

Mountain or Region - Mid Wales/Cambrian Mountains

Authority/District - Ceredigion

Length of River - 215KM, 134 Miles

Ascent to Source - Via Eiesteddfa Gurig 332 Meters 1,089 ft

The River Wye starts in the rugged uplands of the Plnylimon Massif in Mid Wales. If doing the Wye Valley Walk you can start from the official view point or from the source itself. There is an official walk, which you can get a passport for. See link (Official walk). Here we explore the walk from source, which takes you through open access land. It's a route that's for those who like it off piste and or wild. You can also put your own stamp on it.

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Wye Valley Walk/Epic Source & Deep Gully Route

From Llandrindod Wells catch the X47 bus to Aberystwyth. To start the Wye Valley Walk from source get off at Eiesteddfa Gurig and walk through the farm so that you hand rail the Afon Tarennig, which will lead you, first to the summit of Plynlimon, then to the Wye source via the miners track. For the turning left off the miners track see your OS Map.

The route up to Plynlimon is well marked by wooden marker posts and cairns. Once at the summit, which you get to via wooden stairs bridging a North/South fence look out for the stone shelter if you need one and the rather worn out trig point. At the trig point take a bearing to handrail the fence that now turns East (it looks North) for 1KM passing the deep crags of Llyn Llygad just under Half a kilometer to your left (it might be totally cloud filled). You'll come to the corner of the fence where there is a standing slate plynth about chest height with an arrow marked on it. Face it and walk off the path at 1 Oclock and follow the fence further along until you get to a gate. Climb the gate and turn immediately left for about 300 meters but arch around away from the fence at 2 Oclock as you do so. You'll begin to feel the slope, which will take you to the embrynic Wye gully. Follow this up untill you meet with a small depression in the land. You have found the Wye source. You might hit it bang on which we have in the past.

This is the real Wye source and the Wye Valley Walk proper. We understand that not all people want to do this but we encourage anyone to start from here if they want to feel that they have trully walked the Wye. It's a spectacular start. The views East are fabulous as the Wye gully extends for nearly 3 KM in front of you. It looks like a ha ha all flat but it is deceiving. Start your descent and you will find that the gully becomes steep either side and you get a real sense of its mountain birth.

How to get there by car if a lift is arranged

From the Midlands/Hereford take the A480 into Kington, then onto the A44 into Rhayader. Once there drive out of town to llangurig on the A470. At Llangurig bear left back onto the A44. Yes, unusual there is a break. From there Eisteddfa Guring is 13 KM. Here there is a car park that the owners allow you to use for £5. Not to worry if your dropping off but if the driver is joining you for the summit and Wye source walk pay £5 at the farm house.

From Cardiff or the South take the A470 to Brecon. From Brecon take the B4520 into Builth Wells. From Builth take the A470 into Rhayader following it throug into Llangurig. For Eisteddfa Gurig the same as above. From the North Wrexham take the A483 to Newtown, From Newtown take the A489 out of town until you get onto the A470 to Llangurig. From there it's onto the A44 and same as above. From Shrewsbury take the A458 onto the A483 then A489 out of Newtown. From there it's the same as above.

The area sees the mountain trail the Cambrian Way pass through, which for any serious hill walker is one to put on your bucket list. Nearby, and still in the Wye catchment, there is Glyndwrs Way Look out for the Owain Glyndwr's way Cafe, which is open also to trans/cambrian bikers. Also in the Wye catchment or passing through it look out for the Monks Trod that takes you through the epic Elan Valley, the Epynt Way, which rakes you over the Epynt and skirts the military training grounds of Senny Bridge, the Heart of Wales hiking trail also passes through the Wye catchment. This starts in Shropshire and takes you through Mid Wales all the way to Swansea following the heart of Wales rail line. Look out also for the Offa's Dyke and tne Beacons Way all in the vicinity of the Wye.

The Upper Marteg flows through Brondre Fawr, Brondre Fach and Baily Bog. If walking with an animal be respectful and keep them on a lead. Also keep to the rights of way.

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From the top the Wye offers great views.The Gully though looks like a ha ha and somewhat of an illusion. But once descending the slopes loom either side of you giving you a real sense of the rivers mountain birth.

Video: Wye Valley Walk/Source

We start the Wye Valley Walk at Eisteddfa Gurig and follow the path up alongside the Tarennig.

Passing by the old lead mine we hop onto a path left and head for the summit of Plynlimon at 2,468 feet.

The sunmit offers full 360 degree views and is spectacular on a clear day. We recommend waterproofs and good prep though for this mountain can get wet and stormy.

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