A photography trip to the Wye Valley
To the Wye Valley
The Wye Valley isn’t a place that had really come on to my radar, I don’t know why… but it’s packed with beautiful places, one day is not enough time to even skim the surface but it was enough to mark some places to return to.
My parents picked me up from Bristol to save us taking two cars. The first stop was not in the Wye Valley or even in Wales, it was the rather unassuming looking village of Aust on the English side of the Severn. Why…? To go to the disused ferry landing.
One of the iconic photographs of Bob Dylan was taken there. In 1966, Dylan was travelling from a show at the Colston Hall in Bristol to Cardiff. In the background, you can see the yet to be completed first Severn Bridge so the Aust ferry was the only way across without. The landing looks somewhat different now.
The ruins of Tintern Abbey sit by the river Wye and offer some beautiful views up the valley. Tintern Abbey was founded in 1131 as the second Cistercian Abbey in Britain and the first in Wales. The Abbey ceased its functions in 1536 because of Henry VIII’s Dissolution of the Monasteries. Cadw now manages
The ruins of Goodrich Castle are located on a hill above the River Wye in Herefordshire, England. The site was first used as a defensive position after the Norman conquest of England with a wooden structure and earthworks. This was replaced in the 12th century with a stone keep in the centre. In the late 13th century it was expanded with the addition of the outer walls.