The Ross Round is a 26 mile circular walk around Ross on Wye in Herefordshire.
The hiking trail description for the Ross Round walk is on the LDWA website. You might also want to buy Striding Around Ross, a comprehensive, illustrated guide of The Ross Round including the new loop added in March 2013. The book is only £5.99, comes with free postage and signed by the author Guy Vowles. See end of this page to buy now.
The creation of The Ross Round
I got the original idea for this walk from several other circular town walks which I had done, such as The Cheltenham Circular walk and The Five Valleys walk around Stroud. I had also been organizing a charity walk for Salters Hill who have homesteads outside Ross for young adults with learning difficulties (a proportion of the sales revenue from The Ross Round walking guide actually goes to the Salters Hill charity).
The walk starts and finishes in Ross on Wye and can easily be split up into two or three shorter distances with public transport and pubs at convenient points. There is quite a diversity of character on the walk with riverside walking, some agricultural stretches, but also some hilly sections as well as woodland.
This was another walk I organized before joining the LDWA (Long Distance Walkers Association) and since doing so I have become aware that most of the LDWA Challenge walks, which are so well supported, are over 20 miles or a marathon distance of 26miles.
So in 2013, we added an extra loop over May HIll to increase the overall distance. So walkers can choose to do the original 18 mile or the full 26 mile marathon distance. This can still be shortened into several day stages and there is still a bus link as well as another pub on the route. Another option is the new Loughpool loop of 12 miles which takes in the atmospheric Loughpool Inn and Broome Cider Farm.
The new improved route is illustrated in my new book Striding Around Ross which you can buy here for only £5.99. Click on the Buy Now button below.