Ross on Wye to Ledbury

Ross on Wye – Ledbury

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A 17 milecycle route which takes you through the part of the beautiful Wye Valley, which

is an area of outstanding natural beauty, and then the route continues along country lanes and ‘B’ roads and mainly through rolling countryside to the historic market town of Ledbury. You will encounter some hills along the route including a steep climb as you cycle towards Rushall.

Note letters in brackets given in the route below relate to turning points marked on the map.

Ross-on-Wye is a small market town situated on The River Wye was the birthplace of the British tourist industry. In 1745, the rector, Dr John Egerton, started taking friends on boat trips down the valley from his rectory at Ross. The Wye Valley’s particular attraction was its river scenery, its precipitous landscapes, and its castles and abbeys. The town is known for its independent shops, picturesque streets and market square with its market hall.

Starting from Ross market hall, go downhill along Broad Street and TURN LEFT along Brampton Street and follow the road out of town. Continue along Brampton Street past the industrial estate (B) where the road runs on to Ross Road.

Continue along Ross Road for about a mile and three quarters where you come to a cross roads(C). At the cross roads TURN RIGHT and cycle for three quarters of a mile until you come to a cross roads (D) with the B4224. At the cross roads GO STRAIGHT ACROSS up the country lane.

After about 1 mile along the lane YOU COME TO A FORK IN THE ROAD (E). At the fork
BEAR LEFT up cherry Orchard Lane towards Rushall. Cycle for one and three quarters of a mile up the hill to the end of the lane where you come to a ‘T’ junction (F). At the junction TURN RIGHT along Glowson Wood Road and cycle 1 mile to the end of the road.

At the end of Glowson Wood Road (G) TURN RIGHT and cycle up hill along the lane for three quarters of a mile and TURN FIRST RIGHT (H) and cycle to the end of the lane (1 mile) where you TURN LEFT at a ‘T’ junction (I) and cycle for 1 mile then TURN RIGHT (J)along Alton Ct Road.

After about 1 mile you come to a ‘T’ junction with the A 4172. At the junction TURN RIGHT(K) towards Much Marcle (take care on this busy road ! ) and after 300 yards TURN LEFT (L)along a country lane towards Ledbury and after a while the lane is called Lower Marcle Road.

Cycle along the lane for 2 miles to the end of Lower Marcle Road where you come to a roundabout(M). At the roundabout GO STRAIGHT ACROSS along Lower Road. Continue along Lower Road as it runs on to Bridge Street and after three quarters of a mile you come to a car park on your right and the Tourist Information Office is situated there. The end of your cycle ride.

Ledbury is a thriving historic market town in the southern Malverns. The town has a large number of timber framed buildings, in particular along Church Lane. One of Ledbury’s most outstanding buildings is the Market House, located in the centre of the town. Other notable buildings in the area include the parish church, the Painted Room (containing sixteenth century frescoes), and Eastnor Castle. You will find plenty of shops, café’s and bars to explore in the town.

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