Wilton, River Wye

Overview
The walk takes place along the River Wye whose eastern bank is fringed by willow and alder trees; during lower water levels the shingle banks are exposed. The latter part of the walk goes past Ross Sewage Works then the footpath is tree lined on the west side with fields and an orchard on the eastern side.

Directions, parking, access times and other facilities
Map reference: SO 589 242
Sat Nav/Post Code: HR9 5JA (car park)

Vehicular access: Park in the car park near Wilton Bridge off the B4260 road at SO 594 239; parking charges apply daily.

Access by foot: Start the walk by viewing from the bridge then follow the footpath on the eastern side of the river heading south until you reach SO 584 234. Proceed up the slope passing through trees on both sides and along the footpath until SO 591 237 and take the path down a steep slope in a NW direction towards the cricket pitch, then follow the edge around the cricket pitch back to the car park.

Other facilities: Full facilities are available in Ross-on-Wye town centre: see http://visitrossonwye.com/ (you may need to copy the link into your web-browser) for further details.

Maps:
Ordnance Survey Landranger Sheet 162 and Explorer Sheet 189
OS Map View (1:25,000)

What to see:
Resident Mute Swan, Mallard, Cormorant, Grey Heron, Buzzard, Moorhen, Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Goldcrest, Skylark, Long-tailed Tit, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Grey Wagtail, Greenfinch, Goldfinch and Reed Bunting.
Winter Goosander, Fieldfare, Redwing and Meadow Pipit..
Summer Hobby, Swift, Sand Martin, House Martin, Swallow, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Common Whitethroat and Sedge Warbler.
Spring/autumn Osprey and Lesser Whitethroat
Resources:
Historical information about Wilton Bridge can be found at http://www.ross-on-wye.com/index.php?page=ross_605-Wilton_Bridge&pg=2. Information about additional walks starting from Wilton Road carpark can be found at http://www.herefordshirelife.co.uk/out-about/walks/labrador-ben-39-s-favourite-walks-around-ross-on-wye-1-1713171
Nearby sites:
Hartleton Lakes (SO 641 256)