Lines composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey, On Revisiting the Banks of the Wye during a Tour. July 13, 1798
Sitting dramatically above the River Wye, St Mary’s Church spire has shaped the skyline of Ross-on-Wye for over 700 years.
Ross-on-Wye is the southern gateway to Herefordshire, the Wye Valley and the Forest of Dean. Within easy reach of the cities of Hereford, Gloucester and Worcester, Wye is the ideal base for exploring the Brecon Beacons, Black Mountains and the Malvern Hills.
The natural beauty of the Wye Valley has attracted writers, poets, and artists seeking the picturesque views, and the world-famous beauty spot of Symonds Yats (meaning gate or pass) is no exception. Here the river has carved a dramatic gorge through towering limestone cliffs that are home to a myriad of birds including a pair of rare Peregrine Falcons that nest annually.