We're all about the Wye and its catchment here, which involves cross boarder exploration between England & Wales. We want to reveal the Wye and its catchment in all its glory because we recognize it as a truly magnificent part of the UK.
It must be said we're not your average explorers of rivers, hills, mountains, woodlands and vales or even towns. No! We leave the car behind, take ourselves out there with nothing to fall back on and often walk back home, which is more visceral than other outings resulting in the best being unearthed. It's raw exploring and you can often find us under a basher or dossing in a remote toilet such is our love for the Wye and its surrounds.
Inspiration In Every River
In sharing with you what a treasure the region is we want you to feel at home amid its vistas inside and out. Imbued with its natural rhythms we are sure you'll head back from whence you came invigorated. This website is a bridge to those vibes and as guides to it we are honored to be of service as we continue to unearth the magic of the Wye.
Being one of Britain's Favorite rivers we were first drawn to getting deep down with it through a visit to the river Lugg its largest tributary in 2010.
Captivated by its beauty we returned in 2013 to walk the river from its source on Pool Hill in the Welsh Radnor Forest to its confluence with the Wye just outside of Hereford England our home. There amazingly two Kingfishers flew over the Wye together and parted like jets. One headed up the Lugg the other continued down the Wye. This brought the Wye into sharp focus hailing an adventure to know it more intimately.
Meet The Hikers Behind Wye Explorer
Brother & Wye Hiker
The adventurers were (and still are) wild campers, swimmers and hikers Paul and Mark Jickells twin brothers with a reputation in the past for cosmic adventures to. After the rare Kingfisher display they walked over the next few years 10 of its rivers and explored many more of the Wye's river sources, mountains, hills and vales as well as their forever present inner landscape. Tragically, whilst in the midst of the adventure Paul died suddenly in November 2016 leaving Mark in a very barren wilderness without his life long partner and friend by his side.
With Paul in his soul though Mark continued the mission and became in 2020 the only person in the UK to walk all of its rivers from source to confluence. Totaling nearly 650 miles tears and calling out Paul's name on remote hills and mountains amid hyper grief was par the course, but as Mark got ever deeper into the Wye it began to heal him.
The Wye is, not only a majestic river, it's a soulful river to that gives life to many on multiple levels. Mark is testimony to its beauty and strengthening power and as he continues to explore its many hidden corners and gems he invites you to either walk with him or do the same with friends and or solo.