The Wye Valley Our Heritage


Wye Valley Our Heritage coverThe Wye Valley…the loveliest river the world can boast. George Burrow, renown 19C traveller and diarist.

For centuries the River Wye formed the disputed border between Wales and England running for a total of 156 miles from Plynlymon in Mid-wales to the Severn estuary near Chepstow in South Wales. “The Wye Valley – Our Heritage” takes us on a journey along the most beautiful part of the river from Ross on Wye to the Severn Bridge.

Wye Valley

The famous 'picturesque' period

This video was completed just as Chris was preparing to move from South Wales to Morecambe Bay. the aim of the video was to discover the hidden heritage and beauty of the Lower Wye Valley.

During the video we experience the delight of flying over the valley in a helicopter and travel by boat through the magnificent gorges at Symond’s Yat and Wintour’s Leap. We also meet William Wordsworth in breathtaking Tintern Abbey and join the battles for Goodrich and St Briavels castles. Going on through the film we live in a medieval village and discover the heritage of Monmouth, Chepstow and its castle.

We join Bellringers, Morris Dancers and singers of the Wye Valley and be amazed by its churches and treasures. We find out where brass was made in Britain for the first time, where part of the first transatlantic telephone cable was made and why the Industrial Revolution really began here. We travel on the long gone Wye Valley Railway and also meet ostriches, llamas, highland cattle and rescued ponies.

Walking through this area designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty we find Offa’s Dyke Path and the Wye Valley Walk through historic natural woodlands, discovering the hidden flora and fauna, long lost ancient Trow River Craft and meet the People of the Valley.

The ninety-minute video was launched by Monmouthshire County Council at The Royal Welsh Show and proved to be highly successful, being adopted as the main tourist video for Monmouthshire and the Wye Valley between Ross on Wye, Chepstow and the Severn bridges.

The images below link to relevant video clips on Vimeo.

Battle re-enactment at Goodrich Castle

Goodrich Castle siege

Tintern Abbey

Tintern Abbey

Wye Valley Medieval Village

Symonds Yat

Chepstow Castle

Chepstow Castle