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Great British Walks – The John Kyrle Walk in Ross-on-Wye


An easy walk, enjoying the legacy of a 17th century philanthropist. John Kyrle, known as The Man of Ross, was famed for his charitable works and public-minded spirit, and this walk around Ross-on-Wye is believed to be one of his favourites.

Follow this guide to plan your walk. We've included details on how long it should take you to complete, where to park, and some places to stop for food and drink along the way.

We've also included a recommendation of where to stay if you're looking to book a pitch nearby and spend more time in this area.

Route Description

Memorial Gardens, Ross on Wye

Picture courtesy of acceleratorhams/stock.adobe.com

Park your car in the Wilton Road car park, and set off from the Wye Valley Walk board behind the skateboard park. Cross the footbridge and head up the steep path, then at the junction turn right on the John Kyrle Walk path.

After about 500 yards go through a gate, descend some steps to a hollow and turn left onto a Tarmac path. Cross the road and continue on a path alongside houses, crossing several residential streets until you reach the disused railway line.

Turn left and follow the route past trees and picnic tables, to a junction on the B4234. Cross over to take Fernbank Road and keep going until it becomes a track and enters Chase Wood.

At the farm buildings, go through a gate onto a downhill path. You can keep going along here, down the stepped path, across the railway line and into a cul-de-sac. You’re in the leafy suburbs here, keep going along Redhill Road, past Ashfield Park Avenue and the primary school.

Turn right at the waymarkers and take the fenced path beside the school playing fields. Eventually you will reach churchyard and The Prospect. This land was acquired by Kyrle in 1696 and he laid out gardens with a fountain and a water supply. The gates of 1700 bear his monogram and crest. 

Leave The Prospect by the gateway close to St Mary’s Church where Kyrle was buried. Head into the town and walk along the High Street to the Market Hall and, opposite it on the right, John Kyrle’s house. Retrace your steps up High Street and keep on it  until its end.

Pass the Man of Ross pub – or pop in for a refreshment –  then descend steps to reach the river beside the Hope and Anchor pub. A water engine was installed by the riverside in 1705-1706 by Kyrle and his partners. It pumped river water up to the Prospect for the fountain and reservoir.

Follow the Tarmac path, cross the road and go through the pedestrian subway that leads back to the car park.


Route A circular route around the countryside, suburbs and centre of Ross-on-Wye, paying tribute to a local hero
Distance 3.3 miles
Time 2 hours
Terrain Suburban streets, woodland and riverside paths
Difficulty Easy
Parking Car park between Wilton Bridge and Ross-on-Wye

River Wye

Picture courtesy of acceleratorhams/stock.adobe.com




The Prospect is a public garden created by John Kyrle in 1696 and offers superb views over the River Wye and over to the Welsh mountains.


Man of Ross Inn, Ross-on-Wye

Hope and Anchor, Ross-on-Wye
01989 563003



Broadmeadow Caravan Park is a 5 star rated family owned touring park situated in the beautiful town of Ross-on-Wye in the heart of the Wye Valley and close to Forest of Dean. Situated in a secluded location with dedicated dog walking areas and plenty of fishing available on our private lakes, we look forward to welcoming visitors from far and wide for our 2019 season.


Ideal for family, walking distance to all amenities, Dog walking area, New for 2019 Adult Only Area.

Herefordshire HR9 7BW


Price from £20


Large supermarket, Good Pubs, Shops, Cafes and Restaurants


• Disabled facilities

• Family room with Baby Changing Facilities

• Dishwashing facilities

• Grass and Hard standing pitches

• Laundry rooms with Washing Machines, Tumble Driers, Spin Driers, Iron and Ironing board

• Large pitches available for RV’s

• WiFi available

New for 2019 Adult Only Area

• Accepts tents, caravans and motorhomes

01989 768076
[email protected]

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