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OUT & ABOUT IN THE WYE VALLEY
AND FOREST OF DEAN

Walks and Viewpoints

From Oakgrove itself, without having to take your car, you have direct access to Offa’s Dyke Path and the Wye Valley Walk. Deciding whether to go uphill to start or end your journey is always the hardest part! Whether you are a serious hiker or a relaxed rambler, there are trails to suit all abilities.

An invigorating ramble to the spectacular viewpoint of the Devil’s Pulpit provides panoramic views over Tintern Abbey which can be made into a complete round trip along the river bank (stopping in Tintern itself for welcome refreshments).
Symonds Yat Rock is another favourite with fantastic views and the possibility of seeing the peregrine falcons.
Monmouth provides a perfect setting to climb the Kymin, with the Cleddon Falls at Llandogo providing more breathtaking scenery.

Starting at Beechenhurst in the Forest of Dean, an intriguing 4 mile circular walk, the Sculpture Trail, showcases local art and sculpture. Highlights include: the Giant Wooden Chair, and the stained glass window hanging from a tree.

Local maps and books with local walks are available for guests to borrow at Oakgrove Cottage.

For more detailed information and further links visit www.wyevalleyaonb.org.uk
www.nationaltrail.co.uk/offas-dyke-path

History and Culture

This areas provides too much choice with the wealth of historic castles and monuments.
The closest are: Chepstow, Tintern, Goodrich, Raglan, Grosmont, Skenfrith and Whitecastle, with many others including Caerphilly less than an hour away.
If you are a’castle’ fan, becoming a member of CADW would be a wise investment. 

See www.cadw.wales.gov.uk

Cycling

Cyclists are well provided for with routes along the old railway between Monmouth and Symonds Yat, and numerous routes through Forest Enterprise sites.  Cycles are available for hire from private companies, or guests are welcome to bring their own. 
Beware – the routes from Oakgrove always involve hills!

www.pedalabikeaway.co.uk/ - Starting point around 5 miles away – free if you have your own bikes or you can hire

www.bikeparkwales.com/ - New enterprise around an hours drive away – great for MTB enthusiasts.  Book ahead for uplift.

Useful sites to visit are;
www.forestry.gov.uk  and www.wyevalleyaonb.org.uk

Golfing

Forest Hills situated in Coleford, and Dewstow near Monmouth which has courses and a floodlit driving range.

Not to forget St Pierre near Chepstow and the Celtic Manor near Newport (venue for the 2010 Ryder Cup), boasting 3 championship courses.

Other venues ; Rolls of Monmouth; Raglan Parc

Birdlife

We are blessed with access to two great Wetland centres
www.rspb.org.uk/reserves/guide/n/nagshead/
www.rspb.org.uk/reserves/guide/n/newportwetlands/

Towns & Attractions

The area is typified by small market towns such as Chepstow, Monmouth, Coleford, and Ross on Wye.
Further afield, but within around an hours drive are Hereford, Cheltenham, Bath, Bristol, Cardiff.

River and Water Activities

Canoeing and kyaking are favourite leisure activities on the River Wye which winds its way down from Ross on Wye, through Symonds Yat, down to Monmouth and then through to Brockweir, ending up in the Severn Estuary if you paddle too far!

There are choices of routes and distances to suit all abilities.

Companies either hire out kyaks or canoes for the half day or longer, take you to a launch venue and meet you at an agreed finish point, or you can go with guided groups - always great fun to share the river with groups of like-minded people.

You could try Monmouth Canoe & Activity Centre or Wye Canoes

Diving

International Diving centre located just outside Chepstow www.ndac.co.uk/

Fishing

The Wye Valley and Forest of Dean offers some excellent fishing both on the River Wye itself and its many tributaries and also on some of the wonderful still water ponds and lakes in the Forest of Dean.

The middle reaches of the River Wye offer some excellent coarse fishing for chub, barbel, carp, bream, roach, dace, bleak and also large pike.

Course & Fly Fishing:

Wye & Usk Foundation (Passport)
www.wyeuskfoundation.org.uk

Both course and fly fishing (trout & salmon) in the Wye and its upper and lower tributaries.
Recommended that passport and day tickets acquired before arriving as some fisheries have limited beats.

Monouth & District Angling Club
www.monmouthfishing.co.uk

Both course and fly fishing (trout & salmon) in the Wye and its lower tributaries.
Annual membership available.
Recommended that day tickets acquired before arriving - but can be bought at the Monmouth and Ross-on-Wye Information Centres.

Trout fly fishing:

Bigwell Fly Fishery Redbrook
www.bigwellflyfishery.co.uk

Trout fly fishing in clear still waters.
Troutmaster venue - and included in top 100 fisheries!
Recommended that day tickets acquired before arriving as beats can be limited.

Tintern Angling Club
www.tinternvillage.co.uk/tintern-angling-club

Trout fly fishing in two ponds separated by a trout stream.
Annual membership and day tickets available.

Fairoak Fly Fishery St Arvans
www.tinternvillage.co.uk - and click on Fairoak link.

Trout fly fishing on two spring fed lakes.
Recommended that day tickets acquired before arriving as there are only 8 beats.

Course Fishing:

Grange Springs Fishing Lakes Trellech Grange

www.tinternvillage.co.uk - and click on Grange Springs link.

Course fishing on 2 large lakes - carp, tench, beam, rudd & chubb.
Day tickets available.

Outdoor Activities

Go Ape High Wires and Segways
goape.co.uk/days-out/forest-of-dean

Inspire2Adventure 
are an Outdoor Adventure Activity provider that 
operates in the Forest of Dean and South Wales offering Gorge Scrambling
Experience, Guided open canoe river trips, rock climbing, guided
mountain biking at more
www.inspire2adventure.com

For surfing enthusiasts or those just wanting a go, Rest Bay in Porthcawl (about an hour by car) is a perfect setting.  Book yourself a lesson to include hire of equipment or just hire the board and wetsuit. www.porthcawlsurf.co.uk/

Be Creative
A cookery course
http://www.hartsbarncookeryschool.co.uk/classes/
Jewellery making
http://www.rebeccacrabtree.com/
Art Classes
http://www.wyearts.co.uk/

 

Local Events and Festivals

http://www.walksinchepstow.co.uk/
19th-23rd April 2017

http://forestactivitiesfestival.co.uk/
23rd April

http://wyevalleyaonb.org.uk/index.php/wye-valley-river-festival/
5th-19th may 2018

https://www.hayfestival.com
25 May – 4th June 2017

http://www.chepstowfestival.co.uk/
June -25th July

http://colefordmusicfestival.co.uk/
22nd/23rd July 2017

http://www.monmouthfestival.co.uk/
28th July - 5th August

http://www.castellroc.co.uk/
18th – 29th aug

http://www.abergavennyfoodfestival.com/
16/17th September 2017

https://www.brockweirsoapboxderby.co.uk/
30th September 2017

http://forestshowcase.org/
2nd October

Flavours of Herefordshire - October - www.flavoursorherefordshire.co.uk

Monmouth Show - August

Severn Bore - http://www.severn-bore.co.uk/

 

 

For further tourist information see;

www.visitforestofdean.co.uk
www.wyevalleytourism.co.uk
www.wyevalleyaonb.org.uk

 

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