Saturday 16 June 2012

Ross on Wye

Ross on Wye in Herefordshire is a beautiful market town situated on the River Wye and close to the Forest of Dean. The Wye Valley and the Forest of Dean are popular tourist destinations. The spectacular surrounding countryside and picturesque village atmosphere of Ross on Wye with its impressive 17th century Market Hall is picture postcard material.

Ross on Wye in 1821 consisted of just under 3000 citizens in 600 dwellings. An agricultural community it became an important place for the nearby farms and villages to trade their produce. The Market House still holds markets twice a week. Agriculture still plays an important role today although tourism has become on of the main sources of income for the town.

Wandering around the town you would think that Ross on Wye has a fascination with hedgehogs. This stems from the fact that the Celts invaded Ross on Wye over 1,500 years ago and called the area Ergyng which means Land of the Hedgehog. In Saxon times this was changed to Arkenfeld and later Archenfield.

The River Wye undoubtedly makes the town all the more beautiful. The parkland by the riverbank allows visitors to stroll alongside the river bank and admire its scenery. Ross on Wye is an excellent gateway to the Forest of Dean, The Malverns, Brecon Beacon and the Cathedral cities of Hereford, Worcester and Gloucester.

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