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Wonders of Wye

Tintern AbbeyThe Wye Valley and Vale of Usk is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and it's not difficult to see why. 

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 the Offa's Dyke Path

21960964Walking is one of the most popular activities in Wales. When you see the scenery it's not really surprising.

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 effort.