Tintern Abbey and the Wye Valley Gorge POSTPONED TO 10th NOV
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This stunning one way walk was designed by the late Mike Walker and takes you through the final dramatic stages of the Wye Gorge as it winds it's way from the Severn at spectacular Chepstow up to historic Tintern Abbey.
From Chepstow we take in views of the castle and the Old Bridge before crossing the river next to Brunel's mighty Wye Viaduct. With great views looking back over the Severn Bridge and estuary, we will join Offa's Dyke path up the eastern clifftops of the Wye Gorge. Broadrock affords some great views across the gorge to the Lover's Leap precipice and the jagged Wynd Cliff.
Following Offa's Dyke, the ancient divide between England and Wales, through deep leafy woods to the Devil's Pulpit, we then drop down to cosy Tintern where we will have the chance to enjoy a pub, a cream tea, or maybe even a tour of the iconic Tintern Abbey before heading homewards.
What to bring
Water: bring at least two litres
Medicines: if you have hay fever, diabetes, minor ailments etc.
Day rucksack: typically 20-30 litres, they are comfortable to wear and allow you to use your arms freely
Boots: waterproof and breathable and designed for hiking, trainers are OK if the ground is dry and there’s little chance of rain
Gaiters: recommended for wet weather or boggy conditions
Socks: proper walking socks will keep your feet dry and help prevent blisters
Layered clothing: lets you quickly adapt to changes in the weather and body temperature. Go for a base layer (vest or t-shirt) and a mid layer (a micro fleece or shirt) and in cooler weather add an outer layer (a windproof jacket or thick fleece)
Trousers: ideally no jeans as they become heavy and cold in the rain, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry and on warm days shorts are OK
Waterproof jacket: essential when hiking in all but the calmest of weather, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry
Sunglasses: for any sunny day, even in winter
Snacks: bring biscuits, energy bars, gels, bananas, chocolate or dried fruit for example and put them somewhere easy to get hold of
Lunch: bring a packed lunch unless otherwise stated
Food & drink
Please bring a packed lunch and plenty of water. There will be no shops en route, but there are a number of pubs and cafes in Tintern at the end of the walk.