Audi S4 Avant: perfect car for a Wye Valley tour
It may be slightly unorthodox, but if you want a rough idea of the environmental importance of a place, trying counting the acronyms. Do so for the lower part of the Wye Valley and you will find it is not only an AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), it also has many SSSIs (Sites of Special Scientific Interest) and is also an SAC (Special Area of Conservation) within which lurks no fewer than four NNRs (National Nature Reserves). By any standard it’s a very special place.
The Wye Valley AONB starts just south of the cathedral city of Hereford (home to two national treasures, its Mappa Mundi, the world’s largest medieval map, and that famed other local acronym, the SAS regiment) and, as the name suggests, is dominated by the River Wye as it winds its way approximately due south for 47 miles to where it empties into the Severn Estuary just outside Chepstow.
Along its length you’ll find…