The Wye Valley and Vale of Usk is
an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and it's not difficult to see
The rolling countryside is a magnet for walkers with some
well-known and popular trails including the Offa's Dyke Path. It is
also where the Wales Coast Path begins (or
ends, depending on which way around you're going). In fact,
Offa's Dyke and the coast path join up so that you can complete a
whole circuit of Wales if you really want to!
The plenty of historic attractions too. There are castles
galore including the first one to be built at Chepstow and the last one too
at Raglan. One of the most
impressive monuments is Tintern Abbey standing
proudly on the banks of the River Wye.
Why not combine walking with history by doing the Three Castles Walk which is a
20 mile triangular walk taking in White Castle, Skenfirth Castle
and Grosmont Castle.
The area also has a reputation for excellent food. There are
plenty of top class restaurants or cosy country pubs to choose from
whilst Abergavenny's Angel Hotel is renowned for its Afternoon Teas - well worth
indulging. Don't miss the Abergavenny Food Festival each
September which is an excellent chance to see (and of course taste)
the best of the area's produce.
For more information on the area please visit the website
Walking is one of the most popular
activities in Wales. When you see the scenery it's not really
There are hundreds of walks all over the country - in our towns
and cities, through the countryside and along the coast. Some are
flat, some a little steeper. All the routes offer their own
challenges but if you're looking for something really testing then
the biggest of the lot is the Offa's Dyke Path.
Offa's Dyke itself is the historic border between Wales and
England which was built around 757AD and today the path follows
this route all the way from Chepstow in the south, right the way up
through the country to Prestatyn on the North Wales coast. A total
of 177 miles.
The path goes through some of the most stunning scenery in Wales -
wild moorland, majestic valleys, and mysterious woodland. It also
goes through the Wye Valley, officially and Area of Outstanding
Natural Beauty. Sites to look out for on the route include the
market town of Chepstow with its 11th century castle standing guard
over the Wales/England border, the beautiful village of Tintern and
its imposing Abbey, the 3 castles of Grosmont, Skenfirth and White
Castle and the 12th century Llanthony Priory, sitting in a secluded
valley in the Black Mountains.
If you're up for the challenge then it's definitely worth the