Wye Valley Accommodation
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Wye Valley AONB
Established in 1971, the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty spans across the 126 square miles and is unique in the fact that it's the only AONB in the UK to straddle across two countries. It stretches along 45 miles of its namesake, the River Wye, which partly forms the border between England and Wales.
The area is full of historical and natural riches, with a variety of natural habitats from ancient native woodland to open farmland. The earliest evidence of human settlement in the area dates back to 12,000BC. Caves near Chepstow and Symonds Yat have shown evidence of early hunter-gatherers and granted great insight into the lives of prehistoric humans.
The dramatic landscape of the lower stretches of the River Wye has over attracted many visitors from up and down the country, most notably Rev. William Gilpin who almost single-handedly founded the tourism industry in the 18th Century. A famous travelling writer, his writings inspired countless paintings and poetry from those who visited the area. Their art, in turn, inspired others to write and publish guidebooks on their own experiences, ensuring that there was a stream of constant visitors to the area. The arrival of the railway in 19th Century made the area more accessible to visitors throughout the country.
Now the AONB houses several Sites of Scientific Interest and has been highlighted as one of the most important conservation areas in Britain. The unspoiled landscape is home to many native species, including elusive otters on the river and many wintering waders in the Wye Estuary. Roaming herds of wild deer can be seen in the Wye Valley AONB and In the neighbouring Forest of Dean.
For those with a keen interest in history and archaeology, there are several historic sites of interest, including the unmissable Tintern Abbey.