Tintern Abbey, Chepstow and the Wye Valley Gorge
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CANCELLED This stunning one way route was picked by the late Mike Walker and takes you through the final dramatic stages of the Wye Gorge as it winds its way from the Severn at Chepstow up to historic Tintern Abbey.
From Chepstow we take in views of the castle and the Old Bridge before we join Offa's Dyke path, the ancient divide between England and Wales. The path winds its way 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. The remainder of the walk goes through deep leafy woods with hopefully gorgeous autumn colours and passes the Devil's Pulpit viewpoint. We then drop steeply down to cosy Tintern, crossing back over the river, and where we will have the chance to enjoy a pub, a cream tea, see the working water mill or Tintern Abbey before heading homewards.
What to bring
Water: bring at a litre
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, on this walk.
Walking pole: recommended for wet weather with slippery downhill trails and possible 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.