Venture through some of the most influential Wye Valley travel literature that may have also inspired Wordsworth's journey. Here you can digitally browse the works of William Gilpin, Rev. Richard Warner, and Samuel Ireland, and also investigate lesser-known descriptive acounts of the Wye.
With Grand Tours of Europe put on hold due to the French Revolution and its collatoral conflicts on the Continent, The Wye Valley became one of the most popular tourist destinations in Britain. Descriptive travel accounts from this period contributed
to The Wye's popular tourism status and artistic appeal well into the 19th century.
Click here to view William Gilpin's own copy of his travel book, in which he
watercolored several of the prints.
According to Duncan Wu and David Miall, the Wordsworths met Rev. Warner in Bath before beginning their journey to the Wye, and therefore "almost certainly read by Wordsworth in the Spring of 1798" (Miall).
For more descriptive accounts of the Wye see:
- Henry Penruddocke Wyndham, A Gentleman's Tour Through Monmouthshire and Wales, in the Months of June and July, 1774 (Monmouthshire, 1775)
- Charles Heath, Historical and Descriptive Accounts of the Ancient and Present State of Tintern Abbey (Monmouth,1793)
- Charles Heath, Excursion down the Wye, from Ross to Monmouth: including Historical and Descriptive accounts of Wilton and and Goodrich Castles (Monmouth, 1796)
- A Collection of Welsh Tours; or, Display of the Beauties of Wales, selected principally from Celebrated Histories and Popular Tours (London, 1797)
- William Coxe, An Historical Tour in Monmouthshire; illustrated with views by Sir R. C. Hoare (London 1801)
- A Picture of Monmouthshire: or, an abridgement of Mr. Coxe's Historical tour in Monmouthshire. By a Lady (London. 1802)
- Rev. S. Shaw, A Tour to the West of England, in 1788 (London: Robson and Clarke, and J. Walker, 1789)
Learn more about these descriptive accounts and The Wye Tour here