The Wye Valley Walk around Chepstow is beautiful. If it was good enough for Wordsworth, Coleridge and Turner it is good enough for us. All created wonderful works in the Lower Wye Valley.
The Wye Valley Walk follows the 136 mile long course of the River Wye from its’ mouth and confluence with the River Severn at Chepstow to the place of its’ source at Plynlimon in North Wales. It crosses five Counties and a wide variety of scenery including densely wooded gorges, riverside meadows, broadleaved woodlands, orchards, arable fields, hills, mountains and open moorland. The full walk should take approximately 12 days for the average walker and will take you from Chepstow through Tintern, Monmouth, Ross-on-Wye, Hereford, Builth Wells, Rhayader and on to Plynlimon. On the way you can look out for bats, buzzards, peregrine falcons and red kites.
The Chepstow area has a great deal to offer cyclists and the Greenman Backpackers is a popular stop off and re-charging point for any cyclists riding the Lands End to John O’Groats Cycle, The Celtic Trail and /or The Lon Las Cymru.
Chepstow Wales, or “Cas – Gwent” in Welsh, was originally named Striguil, meaning “a bend in the river”. The name gives a clue to the origin of the settlement. The high cliffs, very deep water and the meander in the River Wye made it a perfect place to defend, with the Castle on top of the cliffs and a Portwall, with only one entry gate cutting across the meander from one side of the bend to the other.
Offa’s Dyke Path begins (or ends) at Sedbury Cliff, near Chepstow. The Sedbury site is marked by a commemorative stone and arguably the best place anywhere on the Dyke for seeing the full profile of this imposing Earthwork. The rampart and the ditch are clear to see and really impressive.