King Arthur’s Cave, Seven Sisters Rocks, River Wye

From Raglan we drove back to the Wye valley for a final afternoon walk. We parked on a wooded hillside above the river and a short stroll through those woods brought us to a series of….

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…limestone caves and arches. Just the thing for a walk with children. They particularly liked this…

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…small tunnel, which they could climb up to and crawl through.

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The largest of the caves…

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…is, almost inevitably, King Arthur’s Cave. We had a thorough poke around inside, but didn’t find an sleeping knights awaiting England’s hour of need. (Hard to take a penalty in armour anyway, I should think.)

We did find some small calcite features…

Calcite formations in King Arthur's Cave 

Next on the itinerary was the top of the Seven Sisters Rocks. TBH and I walked along the river below these, years ago, and I remember them being quite impressive.

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The views from the top are certainly excellent.

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Of course, there’s always one who has to go that bit closer to the edge than everyone else…

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A stroll down through the woods brought us to ‘The Biblins’, where there is a suspension bridge over the Wye…

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The river was brown and swollen and running very high…

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We’d seen few other walkers in the woods, but the riverside path was very popular. It passes through more woods and some riverside meadows. We watched tree-trunks chugging past at a fair rate of knots.

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Also a crow riding a raft of tangled branches, like a corvine Huckleberry Finn.

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In normal circumstances, just short of Symonds Yat East, there would be a small island in the river.

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Not today…

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And under normal circumstances it’s possible to cross the Wye here on a small chain ferry. If I remember correctly from our previous visit, it’s one of the bar-staff at a local hostelry who pulls the ferry across the river. You can just make out the green boat in the photo below…

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Hardly surprisingly, with the river running so high, the ferry wasn’t operating. It had been our plan to cross the river and climb back to the cars via a different path and more caves, but it wasn’t to be. I suppose we shall feel duty-bound to come back and repeat this walk some time. Damn! Leaving the others to enjoy ice-creams in the sun, Andy and I returned via the Biblins bridge and a more direct track back to the cars.

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It was a lovely end to what had been, despite the mostly dodgy weather, a really enjoyable trip. Thanks to the Surfnslide crew for putting us up, and putting up with us, it was much appreciated.

Biblins Walk

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King Arthur’s Cave, Seven Sisters Rocks, River Wye