Sunday 10th June, 2018
Key walk info:
- Distance: 12 miles approx
- Difficulty level: Blue - some of the terrain is hilly and challenging in short sections, but you can take it at your pace and it's broken into short, manageable chunks
- Support: Guide walkers, GPX file and hard copy route guide
- Food and drink: soft drink and snack feed stations, plus a tea-room stop halfway (tea-room purchases not included)
- First Aid: Guide walkers will also carry basic first aid kits
- Start/Finish: Chepstow Castle Car Park, 9:00am
- Cost: £10
Another balanced day out
Come join us for a walk that straddles the stunning scenery of the Wye Valley. We kick off at Chepstow Castle, well worth a visit in its own right with its amazing valley views where the castle wall meets the steep-sided cliffs. We head out over the old bridge and climb up out of Chepstow with clear views of the Severn Bridges and the entire Bristol Channel. Just before the highest point, we'll have a quick stop for drinks and snacks.
We follow Offa's Dyke path until we reach the ancient defensive wall, built to separate his Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia from the Welsh, and journey on through tranquil woodland. We follow the ridge with its incredible views before dropping down to the valley once more into Tintern, where a beautiful ruined abbey and a stop in the tea rooms next door awaits. Here you can recover your energy levels with a sandwich for lunch or treat yourself to tea and cake.
The second half of our route sees us climb once more out of Tintern onto the Wye Valley Walkway, heading back towards Chepstow on the opposite but no less beautiful side of the river. Woodland paths combine with craggy outcrops that offer views back across to England before we're back, arriving on the far side of the castle. We'll fuel you halfway again if needed and there's plenty of cafes and pubs in Chepstow if you fancy celebrating your achievements with us afterwards.
What will you need?
- A sturdy pair of walking boots or trail shoes and comfy socks that you've tested on longer walks already
- Light comfortable clothing with a few layers in case the British weather does its thing. You will get warm climbing the hills but it can get cold at the higher more exposed points of the route so it's best to be able to take off and add layers when you need
- A lightweight waterproof if you prefer (check the weather forecast beforehand)
- A change of clothes and towel are suggested for afterwards just in case the weather is not kind
- A good night's sleep and determination! ;-)
We'll donate £1 from your entry cost to the RSPCA, our nominated charity for April-June of this year to support their amazing work looking after animals and lobbying for action from government and other organisations to ensure that no animals have to suffer from cruelty.