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Wye Valley (Silver)

Expedition Code

WV17 - please quote this in all correspondence with the leaders.

About the Area

Within the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty a 58 mile/92km stretch of the River Wye winds down the valley through spectacular limestone gorge scenery and dense ravine woodlands. Superb wildlife, intriguing archaeological and industrial remains and impressive geological features all make it into one of the most fascinating Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Designated in 1971, this unique landscape straddles the border between England and Wales. It includes areas within Gloucestershire, Forest of Dean, Herefordshire and Monmouthshire.

The Wye Valley AONB has been designated for special attention in recognition of its
  1. Exceptional landscape - dramatic limestone gorge and some of the most outstanding native woodlands to be found in Britain.
  2. Impressive geology - from Silurian limestones to plateaux of Old Red Sandstone: "Like a set of pie dishes, one within the other."
  3. Historic legacies - Silure (Iron Age) hillforts; Norman castles; the first Cistercian Abbey in Wales and a pioneering industrial heritage in iron; brass; wire; tinplate and copper works.
  4. Wildlife - A quarter of Britain's population of lesser horseshoe bats, a growing population of peregrine falcons, goshawks, ravens, rare whitebeam, nightjar and lesser known fish like the shad and twaite.
Please note - this expedition has taken place!

Award Level

Silver: Practice or Qualifying (N.B. please see the FAQ about mixed practice/qualifying groups)

Dates

Monday 31st July to Thursday 3rd August 2017

Deadline

Saturday 24th June 2017

Planning Day

Saturday 1st July 2017

Outline of Expedition

We will drive down on Monday morning and perform kit checks and a short acclimatisation walk.  The expedition proper will run from Tuesday to Thursday, returning to Oxfordshire on Thursday evening.

Fees

£125 (including a £25 non-returnable deposit required at the time of application)

How to Apply

Please contact Chris Fletcher-Campbell for an application form and further details. You can contact Chris by E-mail.

Useful Links

www.wyevalleyaonb.org.uk
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