Walks Around Chepstow & Tintern

You are spoilt for choice in this area where four long distance walks converge on Chepstow. The Wye Valley Walk and Offa’s Dyke head north on either side of the river Wye, offering opportunities for a circular loop between Chepstow and Monmouth taking in England on the way out and Wales on the return route. The river in this part of the AONB is tidal and flows through spectacular cliffs at Wintour’s Leap and The Wyndcliff, bringing drama to walks here. Walks around Tintern offer delightful views of the romantic ruins of Tintern Abbey, especially from the Devil’s Pulpit viewpoint. Walks along the Angidy Valley reward history lovers with the valley’s fascinating industrial heritage. A gentle riverside path from St Michaels Church to Tintern Old Station and the old railway line to Brockweir offers an easy, family friendly walk.


Eagles Nest sunrise over by Gemma Wood

Walk 7: Picturesque Piercefield

Follow in the footsteps of the Wye Tourists, discovering the picturesque landscape of Piercefield Park. This 6 mile walk takes you across the Piercefield Estate, retracing paths laid out in the 1750s by Valentine Morris, passing romantically named viewpoints such as the Lover’s Leap, the Giant’s Cave and The Eagle’s Nest, with its fabulous panorama. The route follows the Wye Valley Walk out of Chepstow (from the Leisure Centre). Alternatively you can start from the Lower Wyndcliff carpark north of St Arvans. Allow 5 hours or so for leisurely stops to enjoy the views.

Walk 8: Wye Valley Greenway

The new Wye Valley Greenway is a 5 mile off-road path linking Sedbury and Chepstow to Tintern. It provides a safe walking and cycling route for people of all ages. It's a great way to arrive in Tintern under your own steam (especially whilst the main A466 road is closed between Tintern and Chepstow). Once over the Wireworks Bridge in Tintern you will find plenty of local refreshment stops and attractions to visit. Why not venture to the furthest reaches of the village - to the Old Station (where railway passengers would have alighted in the past), or Parva Farm Vineyard, Kingstone Brewery or the Wye Valley Sculpture Garden?

Walk 11: Lancaut

This 6 mile walk from Chepstow Castle visits a special place where the river makes a massive loop around a peninsular of land which seems lost in time. The walk follows a path running along the edge of cliffs where peregrines nest and down through ancient woodland to the romantic ruins of Lancaut Church. The views from Lancaut are unusual in that they look up to the surrounding limestone cliffs towering above the lost medieval village.  There is a shorter 1.5 mile circular walk from the carpark at Tidenham through the Lancaut Nature Reserve.

Walk14: Wye Valley Greenway circular

There are outstanding views and interesting history on this 12.5 mile circular walk, which links the Wye Valley Greenway path from Sedbury to Tintern, with the Wye Valley Walk between Tintern and Chepstow. Features along the way include Chepstow Castle, the 1km long Tidenham Tunnel, Tintern Abbey, the Eagle’s Nest View Point and 365 Steps. Nearing Chepstow, the route follows in the footsteps of 18th century Wye Tourists through the Piercefield estate, passing the Giant's Cave and the Grotto created in the 1750s by Valentine Morris. If 12.5 miles seems too far in one day, split the route into two and overnight in Tintern or Chepstow.

Walk 18: The Angidy Trail

Uncover the Angidy's hidden heritage on this 5 mile circular walk. Once boasting over 20 water wheels, the Angidy valley flourished from the 1560s, becoming one of the earliest places in the UK to industrialise with wireworks, forges and furnaces all along the valley. Discover the tidal dock, the ironworkers cottages and graves of the ironmasters overlooking Tintern Abbey. Lots of options for tea, cake, ice cream or a pint where the walk finishes!

Walk 22: Ninewells Dog Friendly Circular

This is a easy, dog friendly, 2 mile circular walk through Ninewells Wood. The walk passes old stone walls and stiles and a ruined lookout tower, said to have been used to oversee French prisoners of war who may have built the stone walls. Look out for the fox face carved in stone on the back of one of the stone stiles!

Walk 26: St Arvans, Piercefield, Penterry Circular Walk

A 5.5 mile hilly walk from St Arvans through the woodlands of the picturesque Piercefield estate (passing Lovers Leap and the Giant's Cave) before joining the Wye Valley Walk and heading north to Lower Wyndcliff Wood. The path climbs the 365 steps up to the Eagle’s Nest with its panoramic views. High above the river the path crosses open farmland to Penterry Church and Gaer Hill before descending along a country lane down to St. Arvans.