Biblins bridge is an iconic footbridge across the River Wye on the Gloucestershire-Herefordshire border. The bridge is pretty spectacular and has some amazing views of the river, the woods and the nearby Doward. Crossing the footbridge is great fun for those that don’t mind heights or the bridges swinging as people walk across. The bridge has a limit of people walking across for safety reasons. On a quiet day you can stand and enjoy the spectacular scenery or even take a few photos for posterity.
In 1957, The Forestry Commission built the original Biblins footbridge across the river. They used local timber for the frames that they set in concrete on the banks. In 2020 Storm Dennis damaged the bridge. The water level had risen to nearly the top of the structure.
The surrounding countryside is great walking country and a good place to spot the local wildlife. There are many birds of prey, wild boar and deer that call this area home. The river is teeming with life, underwater there are various fish including trout and salmon.
Circular Walk From Symonds Yat
Walking to Biblins from Symonds Yat East downstream is a great walk through the area. It is a great opportunity to see the rapids and white water and stunning countryside. The footbridge marks the halfway point of a circular walk, however, you could explore further. You can then head back upstream via the youth campsite towards the ferry and back to the Saracen’s Head pub for a post-walk meal or drink. A similar walk is possible from Monmouth, which is just as stunning.
@aboutglos incorporated both of the above into a full day’s hiking, exploring the Wye Valley AONB.
Canoe Under the bridge
There are many canoes or kayak hire first that have trips that pass under the iconic footbridge. One such trip by “Monmouth Canoe” who has a half-day trip covering this stretch of the river. This 1/2 day adventure starts at Huntsham Bridge a few miles upstream, also this journey finishes at Monmouth. This is a great way to see the whole Wye valley, have fun and also pass under Biblins bridge.
Lots of drone videos are available online for the area. However, this one is rather nice and shows this section of the river.
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