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Historic Walks

Ross has had a long association with walks such as John Kyrle's Walk that dates back to the 1700's; many of these walks are as equally popular today.

John Kyrle's Walk

Distance: 1.5 miles

John Kyrle`s Walk
John Kyrle's Walk

From the Market Place, take the second left turn off the High Street and enter the Churchyard via the steps. Follow the path passing the Prospect through the kissing gates and past Church Farm. At the junction with Red Hill Road (a track by this time) turn right then left to walk along the top of the cliffs. Continue straight on and the path goes up and down sets of steps to pass several old trackways. Eventually the cliffs end and then it is a choice to return to Ross by the river bank back via Wilton or take the path past Lower Cleeve or Cubberly and return by Hom Green road (both of which are equally as attractive).

The river bank is a well defined path with good views of the River Wye and surrounding countryside.


The Hom Green road is equally as interesting as it has a number of different styles of architecture due to the original ribbon development down the sides of the road.

The walk is now marked using markers as seen here.

The first part of the route indicated is popularly supposed to be John Kyrle's favourite walk and alongside which he planted many trees. The walk has had a number of postcards made about it showing some of the points of interest; these date from the early 1900's and a couple are shown below:

Signs for the John Kyrle Walk
Signs for the John Kyrle Walk
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The Lovers Seat, John Kyrles Walk, Ross
The Lovers Seat, John Kyrles Walk, Ross (circa 1918)
[Publisher: W.H.S. & S. LDN]
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Rock Steps John Kyrles Walk, Ross
Rock Steps, John Kyrles Walk, Ross
[Publisher: Harvey Barton & Son Ltd. Bristol]
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Below are the Rock Steps (now replaced by concrete) and a possible site of the Lovers Seat in 2010.

Possible site of Lovers Seat
Possible site of Lovers Seat
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The Rock Steps in 2010
The Rock Steps in 2010
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14/3/2010 Walk

During a walk along the route on the 14th March 2010, these were some amazing views that I photographed whilst looking back over towards Ross.

The sky and St. Marys
The sky and St. Marys
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The sky over Roman Way
The sky over Roman Way
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The sky, Chase Hill and Tudorville
The sky, Chase Hill and Tudorville
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The clouds in late afternoon
The clouds in late afternoon
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The sky, Ross and the field
The sky, Ross and the field
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The River Wye seen from the John Kyrle Walk
The River Wye seen from the John Kyrle Walk

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Looking towards the River Wye from the John Kyrle Walk
Looking towards the River Wye from the John Kyrle Walk
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