Wye Valley represents an internationally protected scenery straddling the frontier between Wales and England. The River Why is the 5th longest river in Britain. The area nominated as an AONB encloses just the 72 mile stretch lower down the river, from south of the Hereford to Chepstow. This surface is recognized especially for its limestone gorge landscape and compact native woodlands, as well as its wildlife, archaeological and industrial remains. Farming in the AONB still succeeds a traditional pattern of blended arable and dairying plus fruit orchards in the fertile north, forestry has been an industry for centuries, tourism is a big contributor to the rural economy.