Wagging Tails of the Wye Valley
If you haven’t yet visited the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean we can certainly recommend you do so as it is a doggy paradise of water, woodlands and of course wine and Welsh whiskey! So to quote the name of one of the Inns in Symonds Yat - “Wye Knot?”
We stayed in the dog friendly bed and breakfast Norton House B&B which is located in Symonds Yat West. Dog lovers Jayne and Bill gave us all a waggy welcome with homemade cakes and dog biscuits on arrival in their gorgeous B&B.
15 minutes is all it takes to stroll to the River Wye and the dog friendly Ye Old Ferrie Inn where we relaxed outside watching the canoeists go by, although no sign of the actual Ferry!
Further down is a pub/restaurant we can wholly recommend named The Saracens Head situated at Symonds Yat East which can be reached by their own hand ferry which runs til late at night. Dogs go free on the ferry and are allowed in the bar and the covered outside areas. Boomer was delighted to be spoiled with a hug and a lamb bone or two, along with a number of other lucky pooches of all shapes and sizes.
The River Wye has an endless number of walks for all abilities and we took advantage of our hosts local knowledge to take a 5 mile circular walk from nearby Goodrich encompassing fields, woods and the river not to mention views of the Black Mountains and Malvern Hills. The river was shallow and easy to reach in places for a quick cool down for hot paws.
Stopping at The Hostelrie at Goodrich for an impressive Sunday lunch Boomer curled up on the carpet and had a good kip whilst we tucked into rare roast beef and Yorkshire pudding.
Will we be returning? Wye ever not!