Chepstow is a town steeped in history and dripping with lush green scenery and activities to do. Castles, races and bridges are among the things you can do while here. While each of these activities promises a fun and exciting time, your visit to Chepstow isn’t complete without gracing some of the amazing walks that the town has to offer.
Chepstow Circular Walk
This splendid circular walk is one of the best ways to see what Chepstow has to offer. It makes use of the Wye Valley Walk and the Offa’s Dyke Path. It allows you to see some of the town’s highlights and take in the captivating views of the river.
The walk kicks off at the Chepstow Castle, one of the oldest surviving post-roman stone fortifications in Britain. It scales down the Wye Valley walk and past the town before joining the woodlands trails. The route passes through several landmarks and rivers before taking you to Woodcroft and then back into Chepstow.
Wye Valley Walk
Beauty is the highlight of this walk that traverses through the Wye Valley in Gloucestershire, Herefordshire in Wales. The walk starts that the mouth of River Wye at the Chepstow Castle. It follows the river northwards to Monmouth and passes the fascinating ruins of Tintern Abbey on the way. The final stretch of the path takes you towards the source of the Wye on the slopes of Plynlimon Mountain.
Along the way, you can take some time to take in the spectacular mountainous scenery as you pass through the Wye Valley AONB. There are also some waterside sections that you can enjoy. This is a great path because it is waymarked with a white disc with a leaping salmon.
During the Chepstow Circular Walk, you will cut across the Offa’s Dyke, which is an entire walking route best tackled on its own. It’s an incredible 177-mile trail that starts at River Severn Estuary and takes you over the border, into wales, and through the splendid mountain scenery. Some of the highlights of the route include the outstanding Wye Valley AONB that crosses from England into Wales and also the Hergest Ridge, not forgetting the awe-inspiring Brecon Beacons National Park.
During this fantastic walk, you will also come across the Moel Famau and Moel Arthur – a stunning Clwydian Range.
The ruins of a 12th-century monastery are among the main reasons walkers decide to tackle this route. It’s also a great way to combine the Wye Valley and Offa’s Dyke routes without walking all of them in their entirety.
During the walk, you will get the rare chance to visit the local woodlands, countryside and some of the best viewpoints the town has to offer.
The beauty of the region and the atmospheric ruins are unquestionable and enhanced by the river the flanks the attractive woodland of the Forest of Dean.
The walk starts at the abbey car park, heads west along the river into the beautiful village of Brockweir. After crossing the river, you’re greeted by a variety of interesting fauna and flora before climbing into the Devil’s Pulpit. There are amazing viewpoints that allow you to see the town from different perspectives all along the route. You can also stop to spot some wildlife like the Otter ad Kingfishers at work.
Other notable Chepstow walks include the Devil’s Pulpit walk, the Chepstow Park Wood walk, the Severn Bridge, among others.
Like most of the other places in Wales, the town of Chepstow is more than ready to host its guests. There are plenty of places you can sleep and eat. This is important because you can’t take in all the town has to offer in one day.