Here at Borderlands, we’re lucky enough to have some of the finest woodland, hill and mountain scenery in the UK right on our doorstep! Whether you fancy a tough trek or a gentle amble, we can take the pressure off you by guiding the way, leaving you to relax and soak up the views. There are too many wonderful routes to list them all but here are a few of our favourites.
Lower Wye Valley
Explore ancient woodlands above precipitous limestone cliffs in the southern end of the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Routes can be tailored to take in riverside strolls and segments of the Wye Valley Walk and Offa’s Dyke Path. Ancient monuments in the area, including Chepstow Castle, St. Briavels Castle and Tintern Abbey, add to the natural beauty of the valley.
Further up the valley lie the picturesque twin hamlets of Symonds Yat East and West. Nestled within the Wye Gorge, Symonds Yat provides the perfect starting point for riverside and woodland walks. Nearby attractions include the ruined Goodrich Castle and the 16th century Saracen’s Head Inn.
Forest of Dean
Explore the beautiful setting for television programmes and films including the Harry Potter series and Doctor Who. Heading deeper into the forest, you can explore the area’s social and industrial past. Long-abandoned coal mines and quarries have been gradually reclaimed by the woods, but the local inhabitants proudly retain their centuries-old fiercely independent spirit. If you’re lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of the growing population of Wild Boar living in the area.
Brecon Beacons National Park
From the wilds of the Black Mountain in the west of the National Park to the rolling hills and ridgelines around Abergavenny in the east, the Brecon Beacons has walks to suit all interests and abilities. For the classic day out, join us on the Beacons Horseshoe, a circuit taking in the highest peaks in southern Britain with wide ranging views all around.
For a walk with a difference, talk to us about organising an overnight expedition, camping at one of the many fine campsites in the area. All meals are included and camping equipment such as sleeping bags can be hired for a small additional fee.
With so many amazing options to choose from, you can be forgiven for struggling to decide on the best walk for you. We’d love to help you to plan your adventure, so please contact us with any questions you have. For details of our different packages, please see our course costs page.