The Peregrine Path is a fantastic family ride that straddles the border between England and Wales. It starts in the historic market town of Monmouth, the birthplace of Henry V, where you can enjoy the town’s old-time pubs, quaint shops and heritage sites.
The trail is straight out of a children's storybook as it winds alongside the River Wye, through the Wye Gorge, past Symonds Yat East and on to a popular picnic spot, The Kymin, which offers panoramic views across Wales.
The area is also the gateway for a steady climb to Symonds Yat Rock where nesting peregrine falcons can be spotted. Slightly off the beaten track at The Doward you can visit King Arthur's Cave, said to have been inhabited by humans during Palaeolithic times. Flint tools and the remains of a woolly mammoth have been found nearby. Now the cave is home to numerous insects, bats and other animals.
You continue to the top of a wooded hill from where you can marvel at the imposing Goodrich Castle. Dating from the 11th century, the castle has a visitor centre explaining its history right up to its downfall during the English civil war in 1646. For those into military history, cannons from the Civil War are on display here.
We have taken all responsible steps to ensure that these routes are safe and achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness. However, all outdoor activities involve a degree of risk. To the extent permitted by law, Sustrans accepts no responsibility for any accidents or injury resulting from following these routes. Walking and cycling routes change over time. Weather conditions may also affect path surfaces. Please use your own judgement when using the routes based upon the weather and the ability, experience and confidence levels of those in your group.
To make sure everyone gets the most out of their time by the water, please ensure that you follow the Towpath Code.