182 Route 23. VALLEY OF THE WYE. From London
by the late Mr. Gambier Parry (p. 180), whose house, Highnam
Court, is seen on the same side farther on. — At (121 y2 M.) Grange
Court our line diverges to the right from the line to South Wales
(p. 181). Farther on we pass Blaisdon Hill on the right, while
1 M. to the left is Flaxley Abbey, the residence of Sir Roger de
Coverley's 'Widow' (Mrs. Boevy). To the right, at (125 M.) Long-
hope, rises May Hill (975 ft.). 127y2 M. Micheldean Road, the
station for (lx/2 M.) Micheldean, a small town on the N. margin of
the Forest of Dean, with a church containing a fine oaken roof.
The train now enters Herefordshire, a pleasant cattle-grazing district,
of which Camden ('Britannia') remarks 'that for three W. W. W. —
wheat, wool, water — it yieldeth to no shire in England'. The
traveller should not omit to taste its perry and cider. To the left,
in front of us, rises the Penyard.
132 M. Ross (*Royal, near the church, with a fine view, R. 5s.,
D. 5s.; Sivan; King's Head, R. 3s. 6d., D. 2-3s.), a pretty little
town with 3575 inhab., stands on a hill overlooking the Wye, which
is here crossed by a picturesque bridge. The *Church, a handsome
Dec. and Perp. building, with a lofty spire, conspicuous in all views
of the town, contains the tomb (in the chancel) of John Kyrle
(A. 1724), the 'Man of Ross' immortalized in Pope's well-known
poem. The house (now a shop) of this eminent philanthropist on
500L a year is in the market-place and is marked by his bust. Oppo¬
site is the Town Hall, a quaint little building, supported by pillars
of red sandstone. A lovely view of the Wye is obtained from the
Prospect Walk, adjoining the churchyard.
*Valley of the Wye. Ross is the starting-point for a visit to
the Lower Wye, the 'devious Vaga' of the poet, which presents
some of the finest river-scenery in the country. The river also flows
past Tintern Abbey, one of the most beautiful of England's ecclesias¬
tical ruins, while Raglan, one of the most interesting of English
castles, is within easy reach of its banks. The Wye flows to the S.
from Ross, passing Monmouth, and joins the Severn near Chepstow
(p. 185), which is 27 M. distant as the crow flies, but about 40 M.
by the windings of the river.
The traveller has Ms choice of road, rail, and river; the last route
is preferable, and it may be combined with digressions on foot. A boat
with one boatman from Ross to Goodrich Castle costs 6*., to Symond's
Yat 10s., to Monmouth 15s., to Tintern 25«., to Chepstow 30s.; with two
men about one-half more. For boats apply at the Hope & Amchor Inn.
Boats may be hired also at (10'/2 M.) Monmouth. Perhaps the best plan
is to go by boat to Tintern and to walk thence to (674 M.) Chepstow, as
the lower (tidal) part of the Wye, except at high tide, is disfigured by
ugly mud-banks. This walk also includes the Wyndcliff (p. 185), con¬
sidered the finest single point in the valley. Those who have only one
day at their disposal should visit Symond's Yat and Tintern by rail, and
walk from the latter to Chepstow by the Wyndcliff. Monmouth is the
best stopping-place for those who devote two days to the trip. The rail¬
way skirts the river nearly the whole way, and most of the stations are
close to its banks. The times and fares from Ross are as follows: to