Event: Wye Valley Wander
Dates: Sunday 9th June, 2019
Location: Chepstow, Monmouthshire
Event type: Walking/hiking
Distance/amount of climbing:
Sunday 19th May - 13.25 miles (approximately half-marathon), 552 metres
Difficulty: Pink - we walk uphill from the start of the day to get high above the river then descend through the forest to lunch and repeat the pattern in the afternoon, climbing above the Wye on the opposite side before descending back into Chepstow at the end. The surface is trail for the vast majority.
Price: £45 including lunch, high-quality homemade food & drink from our expert chef at feed stations, guide walkers, and vehicle support
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Starting outside Chepstow Castle, you’ll instantly get the impression of being transported back in time. As you head out and cross the ornate bridge over the river, you’ll be able to see just how impressive a fortress it was, built right up to the very edge of the sheer cliffs of the Wye Valley. Built in 1067, it’s 800-year old doors are the oldest castle frontage in Europe, although they’re now in a protected display within the castle to preserve them for future generations.
Climb up out of the town on the Offa’s Dyke path, following the route of the 177-mile long fortification built by King Offa of Mercia in the 8th century to act as a border with what is now Wales. At the top of the climb you’ll get to see part of the impressive remains of this 20-metre wide, 8-metre high earthwork rampart.
Head through peaceful forests high above the river until you get a jaw-dropping view of the ruins of Tintern Abbey and its village namesake below, then descend and cross the river on the old railway bridge where lunch will be waiting.
The return leg takes you high above the river valley once again, this time on the opposite side, following the Wye Valley Walk through thick forest, a site of special interest with many rare plants and animals, including the Peregrine Falcon.
Pass through the the Piercefield Estate, an impressive country park once linked to the now ruined manor house. Sights include caves carved into the rock, the Eagle’s Nest and 365 steps, a viewpoint offering an incredible panorama high above the river to Chepstow, the Severn and its famous bridges, and England beyond. Finish by descending once more into Chepstow until a small park leads you back past the castle.
The event includes:
Guide walkers - our highly experienced event team to motivate and support you on your way
Vehicle support - the van will be on hand for mid-morning and mid-afternoon water and snacks, as well as motivational and first-aid support
A range of natural and homemade foods and drinks to fuel you, plus an organised lunch stop in a tea room or cafe at approximately halfway
An online group area where you can get to know fellow walkers, ask questions and get hints and tips before the day
Access to a shared file after the event where you can download and upload photos from the days for sharing
A lovely shiny balance medal for taking on and overcoming the challenge
You’re also welcome to join us for celebratory drinks afterwards (drinks not included in entry fee)
Secret spot prizes are also awarded on the day
Our good causes
Through this walk you are able to support any or all of our great charities; Bristol Animal Rescue Centre, Devon in Sight or One25. We will donate £1 from your entry fee for each day you enter to be shared equally between the charities and we’ll send you details about how you can use the challenge to fundraise for one or all of them too if you’d like.
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