Wye Valley View

Wye Valley View

Recreational Possibilities

The choice is wide and varied ranging from gently exploring the History and beauty of the area on foot and maybe a spot of Angling on the Wye, the Usk or at Llandegfedd Reservoir. Artists have long been attracted here by the magnificent scenery and budding Artist can take a break whilst being tutored by Mariana Robinson, a renowned local Painter.

Walkers will enjoy the Wye Valley Walk which meanders along the River Wye for 52 miles. From the car park at Chepstow Leisure Centre, you can pick up a part of the Walk that follows a trail along the Wye river cliff, laid out by Valentine Morris, owner of Piercefield Park in the Eighteenth Century. Amongst the attractions were the Alcove, where today there is a seat and viewpoint, the Lover's Leap viewpoint, and the Giant's Cave, a passage cut through a rock. The trail culminated at Eagle's Nest on top of the steep, wooded limestone cliff; you can see seven counties on a clear day.

Offa's Dyke Footpath is a National Trail of some 177 miles, a small section of which is within the Wye Valley; still you don't have to go all the way, do you.

If you like the Walking but don't like the "Carrying", why not get a Llama to do the Donkeywork (Llamawork?) and no, I'm not kidding, Llama Trekking is alive and kicking (bad choice of word) in the Wye Valley.

Maybe the more energetic pastimes appeal, there is Cycling, Rowing, Canoeing, Sailing, Windsurfing, Horse Riding, Caving, Climbing and Abseiling.

The National Diving & Activity Centre is three miles away just outside Chepstow in the former Dayhouse limestone quarry. The quarry base was re-profiled with diving in mind before it was flooded and has a range of depths from 0-9, 9-18, 26, 45, 50 and 80 metres. This training venue draws divers from all over the country to prepare for more adventurous courses in ocean diving with organisations like Deep Blue Diving in Plymouth.

How about Hang Gliding or perhaps a Balloon flight. If Golf is your passion then several prime courses await you including the famous St.Pierre Club and the Celtic Manor, home to the Ryder Cup in 2010.