March 16 – River Wye in Flood

Hi from 1066 – A Medieval Mosaic

We have been having very unsettled weather for weeks now with rain and lots of wind. The River Wye has already been in flood once since we have been here but this time it has come up even higher. The paddocks over the road were covered in water and the edge of the river on the other side of the river doesn’t exist any more. The yellow daffodils on our side of the river were completely underwater, which is very sad. The path alongside the river which is usually eight to twelve feet above the water now has water lapping over it in places. The river was also flowing very quickly.

I got worried because Mimi was late coming in and I thought she might have jumped onto one of the trees in the river but Mike went outside to call her and soon came back with her in his arms, safe and sound. Only the tops of the willow trees are showing above the water.

The source of the Wye is in the Welsh mountains at Plynlimon. It flows through or past several towns and villages including Rhayader, Builth Wells, Hay-on-Wye, Hereford (the only city on the River Wye), Ross-on-Wye, Symonds Yat, Monmouth and Tintern, meeting the Severn estuary just below Chepstow. For much of its length, the river forms part of the border between England and Wales. The lower part of the Wye Valley is an “Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty”. The Wye is important for nature conservation and recreation. Its total length is 134 miles (216 km).