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A tour of the river Wye from its source in mid Wales to its end in the Bristol Channel

For details of the companion DVD 'A Year on the Wye' click the link on the right.

The fifth longest river in the UK, the river Wye rises in the Plynlimon Hills in mid Wales (the welsh for the river is Afon Gwy). Itself a site of special scientific interest, for parts of its length the river forms the border between England and Wales. It ends by flowing into the Bristol Channel. The river Wye and its valleylends itself to sports such as fishing, kayaking, canoeing, climbing and walking.

The river Wye flows through the towns of Rhayader, Builth Wells, Hay-on-Wye, Hereford (a city), Ross-on-Wye, Monmouth, Tintern and Chepstow. Many fascinating places can be found in the Wye Valley, including Symonds Yat and Chepstow Castle. See more about these, along with villages and many other things of interest on these web pages.

These web pages follow the same structure of the Star Video DVD 'A Year on the Wye'. As that DVD roughly divides the course of the river Wye into four (one for each season) the course of the river is divided into four main pages (see below for a full list of places along the river covered here).

Accompanying the DVD 'A Year on the Wye' these web pages bring together information, pictures, video, news, maps and links to other web pages. They are divided into the following four stretches of the River Wye:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

River Wye News

Hand picked news about the Wye Valley and beyond.

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1 January 2014
Wye News to be continued
We are resurrecting the River Wye news - however it will now be reported on the Star Video Twitter Feed Click here

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1 July 2013
Hereford's River Wye to be cleaned
ANOTHER clean up operation on the River Wye is planned for next week - but it’s adults only.Click here for more

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13 June 2013
Wye Valley makes it on to Bucketlist – twice
Two entries in VisitEngland’s ‘101 things to do before you go abroad’.Click here for more

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11 June 2013
Bespoke propeller helps barge transit the Wye
A 38m long Dutch barge needed to negotiate the River Wye from its resting place for the last 25 years.Click here for more

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31 May 2013
Over 100 tonnes of rubbish removed from Wye and Usk
MORE than 100 tonnes of rubbish have been removed from the rivers Wye and Usk in a new eco-initiative underway this year.Click here for more

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27 May 2013
Divers to remove rubbish from River Wye in Hereford
A TEAM of divers will join a huge clean-up operation of the River Wye.Click here for more

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24 May 2013
Shop owner to row down the Wye for 18 hours straight in aid of charity
Thornbury shop owner Richard Edwards to row down the Wye for 18 hours straight in aid of the National Brain Appeal.Click here for more

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24 April 2013
Salmon return to Wye & Usk after decades of decline
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15 March 2013
Children's author Brenda May Williams at Erwood Station
To celebrate the release of her new children's book, 'The Shop of Magical Things', Brenda May Williams will be spending the day at Erwood Station Craft Centre on Saturday March 16th.Click here for more

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21 February 2013
Still no sign of man who fell into Wye at Chepstow
There has been no sign of a man who fell into the River Wye, more than a week after the incidentClick here for more

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13 February 2013
Man who fell in Wye feared dead
A man is feared dead after he fell off the Wye Bridge on Tuesday afternoon
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31 January 2013
Wild Britain with Ray Mears
Mears paddles his canoe down the River Wye in Wales, marvelling at the plethora of wildlife in and around it.
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7 January 2013
Bristol woman killed as car hits tree near River Wye
An 18-year-old motorist from Bristol has been killed in a crash near Bigsweir Bridge over the River Wye.
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22 December 2012
TV angler Bob James in court for illegally fishing on River Wye
TV angler and journalist from a national magazine caught illegally fishing on the River Wye..
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23 November 2012
River Wye levels high in Hereford
The River Wye has broken its banks in Hereford.
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22 November 2012
Three Wye Valley Bridges need work
Three landmark bridges over the River Wye could be out of use in ten years if they are not significantly upgraded.
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28 October 2012
Rescue teams search river for missing person
POLICE and rescue teams are searching the River Wye in Monmouth for a missing person.
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18 October 2012
Historic River Wye Bridges set for Improvement
Surveyors are looking at three bridges built over the Wye for industry but which remain important to residents, businesses and tourists.
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16 October 2012
Flood Warning for Wye at Chepstow
Environment Agency warning.
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16 October 2012
Flood Warning for Wye at Tintern
Environment Agency warning.
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14 October 2012
Saturday Live, BBC Radio4, 13 October 2012
Item on Gilpin and the Wye Tour - starting at 33 minutes.
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10 October 2012
Coroner records open verdict on man who drowned in River Wye
A Cheptsow man died after jumping into a river just days before he was due in court to face violence charges.
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7 September 2012
Item on the Wye ferries
Wye Valley ferryman and local historian Tony Gardiner explains the attraction of the last hand-pull ferries on the River Wye.
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2 August 2012
Raft race taking online entries
One of the oldest annual river races in the UK, the Rotary Club of Monmouth Raft Race, has gone all hi-tech after 47 years.
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18 July 2012
Woman rescued from River Wye in Hereford
Emergency services were called opposite the rowing club at around 3.20pm ON 17 July 2012.
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10 July 2012
River rescue alert canoeists found safe at Monmouth
A rescue operation in Monmouth has been called off after two canoeists were found safe following reports they got into difficulty in the River Wye.
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9 July 2012
Monmouth raft race attracts big interest
Entries are pouring in for the 47th annual Monmouth Raft Race with organisers hopeful that 2012 will be a bumper year for the competition.
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8 July 2012
New River Wye bylaw aims to protect salmon and sea trout
A new bylaw has come into force on the River Wye to try and safeguard its salmon and sea trout population.
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2 July 2012
Rare film captures building of Severn Bridge
Film footage capturing the building of the Severn Bridge and its opening in 1966 can be seen at Chepstow’s Drill Hall on Wednesday night.
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25 June 2012
Newport canoeists rescued from swollen River Wye
A group of canoeists have been rescued after getting into difficulty on a fast-flowing river.
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15 June 2012
Youngsters rescued from river in Hay-on-Wye
Four children have been rescued after getting stranded on an island in the River Wye in Hay.
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12 June 2012
Police name man found in River Wye in Hereford
Police have named a man who was found dead in the River Wye last month.
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12 June 2012
Monmouth dragon boat race off due to bad weather
This weekend's St David's Hospice dragon boat race has been postponed because of the persistent heavy rain and poor forecast.
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30 May 2012
Body pulled from River Wye in Hereford
Police in Hereford are asking the public to help discover the identity of a man whose body was found in the River Wye this morning.
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30 May 2012
Nurses train for River Wye canoe trip
A group, mainly nursing staff from Monnow Vale Hospital, are planning a sponsored canoe trip from Glasbury to Chepstow in September to raise money for St David’s Foundation Hospice Care.
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30 May 2012
Comprehensive wins for school at regatta
More than 600 rowers took to the River Wye in glorious sunshine as part of the annual Monmouth Regatta last weekend (26th and 27th May).
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20 May 2012
River Wye tour boat owner must pay Environment Agency costs
A tour boat operator who says he was kept out of business by prolonged Environment Agency work on the River Wye has failed in his bid for extra compensation – and will now have to fork out towards the agency’s legal bill.
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18 May 2012
Radiator and lawn mower removed in Wye clean-up
Groups of volunteers donated their time and efforts to help clear up the upper river Wye.
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18 May 2012
Unique Scheme Saves Hereford From Flooding
Opened earlier in 2012, the Hereford’s new Flood Alleviation Scheme has proved itself to be an outright success.
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10 May 2012
Body confirmed as missing Sedbury man
A body found washed-up on rocks in Gloucestershire is that of Rikki Baldwin who went missing last month.
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7 May 2012
Body found on bank of river
A body, believed to be that of missing Rikki Baldwin, has been found on the banks of the River Severn.
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3 May 2012
Missing Chepstow man 'killed himself by jumping into river'
Police are satisfied that Chepstow man Rikki Baldwin, 24, killed himself by jumping into the River Wye.
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3 May 2012
Wye Trow to go on show in Hereford
The Wye Trow - built to represent the county in the Thames Pageant to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee - will be on show to the public for the first time.
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19 April 2012
Monmouth's naval temple now ship-shape after restoration
The Naval Temple in Monmouth, believed to be the only one of its kind in the world, is looking ship-shape after undergoing a major restoration.
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19 April 2012
River Wye Trow sets sail
The Wye Trow, one of 1,000 vessels being built to sail through London on June 3, took to the water for the first time at Gloucester Docks.
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18 April 2012
Family's anger as floral tributes are destroyed
The family of missing Rikki Baldwin who is believed to have fallen into the River Wye, were devastated when flowers placed on the bridge were destroyed.
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14 April 2012
Training begons on River Wye Trow
Selection and training has begun for a crew who will row a replica boat to represent Herefordshire in the Diamond Jubilee River Pageant.
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10 April 2012
River Wye search called off
The search for a man who was seen falling into the River Wye in Gloucestershire has been halted.
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9 April 2012
River Wye being searched for missing man
A search is taking place of the River Wye after a man jumped in close to the border of Gloucestershire and Monmouthshire.
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6 April 2012
Wye amongst rivers with extremely low levels
People across Wales are being urged to use water “as sparingly as possible” as some rivers drop to their lowest levels in more than 40 years.
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31 March 2012
Wye monster salmon return
Good news regarding salmon stocks in the River Wye.
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28 March 2012
Gloucester shipbuilder completes historic trow barge
Work on a replica historic boat to be used in the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations has been completed.
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26 February 2012
Hay on Wye walk improved
A well-trodden path in Hay on Wye has been vastly improved.
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22 February 2012
Historic Toll House at Bigsweir in Wye Valley is to get a makeover
The famous Bigsweir Bridge on the Wye has a tollhouse which is being restored.
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7 February 2012
Woman pulled from River Wye
AN elderly woman was quickly pulled out of the River Wye in Hereford on Tuesday.
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30 January 2012
Replica Wye Trow nears completion
THE vessel that will represent Herefordshire during a river Thames pageant to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee this summer is nearing completion.
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23 January 2012
What is the return on a toll bridge?
How the new owners of the Whitney-on-Wye Toll Bridge will do financially.
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9 January 2012
Body recovered from River Wye
Police confirm body has been recovered from River Wye in Hereford.
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7 January 2012
Search of Wye continues for missing man
Severn Area Rescue Association called in to held find missing Daniel Wood in the River Wye.
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4 January 2012
Winter Journey on the River Wye
Musicians take a busman's holiday in a Monmouthshire manor.
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3 January 2012
Wye searched for missing man
A Man has still not been found after he ended up in the River Wye in Hereford on Saturday (New Year's Eve).
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1. Plynlimon Hills to Builth Wells

2. South of Builth Wells to the outskirts of Hereford

3. East of Hereford to Monmouth

4. South of Monmouth to the river Severn

 

The River Wye - sections covered on the Star Video web site

 

Crucial information:

Length: 185 miles (297 km) - the fifth longest river in Britain

From source to sea it falls a vertical distance of 2,230ft (680m)

Welsh name: Afon Gwy

The River Wye is a site of special scientific interest

For the 72 miles from Hereford to Chepstow the river Wye is designated as an area of oustanding natural beauty.

Video - The River Wye in One Minute:

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This video takes you from source to sea - footage from the whole of the River Wye.

This whistlestop tour along the whole length of the river takes sixty seconds.

Everywhere shown in that minute is covered in this website, and feature in the DVD 'A Year on the Wye'. Click here for more details.

A Year on the Wye DVD

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