Thursday, 14 June 2012 12:36 PM
If you're planning to stay in a holiday cottage in the Wye Valley this summer, you're in luck as it is one of the most beautiful parts of the UK. Boasting plenty to see and do, you'll find a host of attractions in the area between England and Wales.
This is a great place to come with your family as there's something for everyone to enjoy - particularly if you're all activity-lovers. Read on for our top tips.
As an acclaimed beauty spot, it is no surprise walkers flock to the Wye Valley in their droves. From keen hikers to those who prefer a leisurely ramble down a nature trail, everyone can find something to suit their abilities here.
Long-distance paths include Gloucestershire Way, the Wye Valley Walk, Wysis Way and Offa's Dyke Path. Alternatively, you can go geocaching - which is an increasingly popular activity among walkers.
Using a global positioning receiver and a smartphone navigation app, you can locate caches that have been hidden away along different trails. These waterproof boxes contain log books, where you can enter your details among the others who have been lucky enough to find it, helping create a record for the future.
It's not only dry land that's worth exploring in the Wye Valley, but also the waterways. You can hire a canoe or kayak and get paddling along the rivers and lakes at your leisure.
It is possible to book a training session if you have not done this before and you'll soon be taking to the water like a pro.
Should you want to cover more ground during your stay, it is worth hiring a bike - and there are plenty of places from which you can do so. This gives you a mode of transport should you wish to pop out and buy supplies for your cottage, while you can also use it to go on a long and leisurely ride.
This part of the world is quite hilly so expect a challenge when you first set out, although the thrill of travelling off-road is not to be underestimated. One popular route is number 8 on the National Cycle Network, which travels the whole length of Wales. This may be too much to fit into your holiday, but you can stick to the part that takes in a great swathe of the Wye Valley.