Overlooking the Wye : A guide to the heritage of the Wye Valley

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Overlooking the Wye : A guide to the heritage of the Wye Valley

Ruth Waycott

74 pages. 210x210mm. Printed in full colour throughout on gloss art paper, perfect bound with laminated card covers.

ISBN13 : 9781903599211


Inspirational Valley : Visitors have delighted in the landscape of the Wye Valley for centuries. British tourism was born here in the late 1700s, when the Wye Tour became fashionable as a two day boat trip from Ross on Wye to Chepstow. Tourists marvelled at the inspirational views and picturesque ruins, and loved the thick smoke and beating hammers of the ironworks which lined the river and added ‘grandeur’ to the scenery. As one of the earliest areas in Britain to industrialise, the Wye Valley was at the cutting edge of Britain’s industrial development some two hundred years before the Industrial Revolution. Much of this heritage was forgotten about and culturally overlooked, until the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership ran Overlooking the Wye, a £3 million Lottery funded scheme, to help people understand and enjoy this historic landscape. Through conservation and interpretation works this hidden history was brought back to life. As a legacy of Overlooking the Wye, this book opens a door for you into that past, with stories, paintings, poetry and photographs illustrating the remarkable heritage of the Wye Valley. We hope you are inspired to explore this internationally important protected landscape, which straddles the England-Wales border. You will be continuing a tradition dating back hundreds of years.

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