How to make the most of a long weekend in Ross-on-Wye


Your out of office is on, your bag is almost packed and you’re constantly checking the weather forecast before you head off on your long weekend trip to Ross-on-Wye. We think it’s a great choice of location. Ross-on-Wye is a market town near the border of Wales with a beautiful River Wye that’s famed for when William Gilpin wrote Britain’s first travel guidebook about the Wye Valley in 1782. If you’re hoping there are lots to see and do during your stay, you’re in luck. We’ve put together some great itinerary ideas to see you through your long weekend. There’s something for everyone, whether you’re a foodie, an adventurer, a sporty person and so on. We’ve also chosen some non-weather-dependent options so you don’t have to rely on that unpredictable British weather forecast…

For the foodies who like to wine and dine

Pop along to our Pavilion restaurant at Hope and Anchor for a tasty Sunday lunch and a glass or two of fine wine. You’ll find some locally-sourced dishes including venison carpaccio plus seasonal vegetables on our menu for a true taste of the best Rye-on-Wye produce.

Alternatively, line your stomach with one of our mouth-watering breakfasts before you head off on one of your daily excursions. We have several different egg dishes for a protein-packed meal that will keep you going for hours. We also have traditional Full English and lighter options.

Check out our lunch and dinner menus too. We have vegetarian and vegan options and can cater to special dietary requirements if you let us know.

For the intrepid explorers

Better for sunny days this one. If you fancy a hike, head along to the 4.5-mile-long Sculpture Trail in the Forest of Dean. Established in 1986, it features sculptures created by artists who have interpreted the forest’s environment and its history. Highlights on the trail include a 15-ft-high stained-glass window and twenty sleepers on a former railway line carved with forest images.

For the sporty types

If you want to work up a sweat after indulging during your stay, check out the Ross Swimming Pool, a sports centre that’s ideal for working out and winding down in Ross-On-Wye. You can pay as you go to access the fully equipped gym, exercise classes, swimming pool, plus sauna and steam room.

For the shopaholics

Ross-on-Wye is a bustling market town with an abundance of independent shops including antique and retro boutiques. If you’re into vintage fashion, follow the Vintage Shopping Trail to track down treasures and nostalgic knick-knacks.

For the sightseers

Spend an afternoon drifting along on Ross-on-Wye’s greatest asset, the River Wye. It’s a peaceful river where you can hire a canoe and admire the natural beauty all around you. You can also spot the magnificent Goodrich Castle.

We hope you have a wonderful long weekend in Ross-on-Wye and the weather holds out too! For more ideas on what to do as a family in our friendly town, check out 5 fun days out for all the family right here in Ross-on-Wye; there’s lots more to explore!

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call us via the contact details below:

The Hope & Anchor Team

T: 01989477025