Walking is an absolute must in and around Tintern. With so many hidden places to explore, it's no wonder the area has been so popular with walkers for hundreds of years in this Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We are directly on both the Wye Valley walk and Offa's Dyke path and services such as local pick-up, packed lunches, drying facilities and secure bicycle storage are provided. We have walking guidebooks and maps, binoculars, walking sticks and lots of suggestions to accompany your explorations.
Offa's Dyke Path - The outstanding and famous Offas Dyke trail explores both spectacular scenery and the history of the Anglo-Welsh border.
Wye Valley Walk - A lovely and breathtaking 136 mile walk along the Wye goes through meadow and orchard, from ravine gorges cloaked in woodland to rugged and remote uplands.
The Devils Pulpit - This is a walk which takes you high up above Tintern to the 'Devils Pulpit' where traditionally the monks thought the Devil was trying to lure away the young monks from the Abbey. Spectacular views over the Abbey can be seen from here. The walk continues with another spectacular view coming out of the woods ad down into Brockweir, there is a lovely country pub for rewards and refreshments. This is a 2 - 3 hour walk of medium difficulty.
Wordsworth Walk - Here is where it is thought Wordsworth wrote his famous 'Poem written a few miles above Tintern'. This is a lovely walk from the Whitestone Forestry carpark. It is a beautiful circlular walk with stunning views and benches inscribed with lines from Wordsworth’s poem. There is an optional diversion to the hidden waterfall which is believed to come from the healing springs of Trelleck. This is a 45 - 60 minute walk and is classed as easy. Or, medium difficulty about 2 hours, if you walk directly from our B&B up the Catbrook Valley.
365 Steps Walk - This is a beautiful circular walk with spectacular views from the Eagles nest lookout. Starting from the lower Wyndcliff Forestry Commission carpark. This takes you up past the upper Wyndcliff carpark then onwards on the Wye Valley walk up to The Eagles Nest. On a sheer rock cliff, magnificent views over both Severn Bridges and the entire Severn and Wye river estuaries . Then backtrack to a path descending the historic 365 steps which take you back to the carpark through the hanging forest (trees growing perpendicularly out of the rocks) with much interesting flora, fascinating rock formations badger and fox dens along the way. This is a medium difficulty walk and takes about 1 hour from the carpark. From our B&B it is about 2 1/2 to 3 hours.
The Brockweir Loop - This is a shorter and easier walk for those who would just like to walk for an hour. This takes you half way up the hill with wonderful views over the Wye Valley and is a nice woodland stroll. This is classed as easy although there is a bit of a climb at the beginning.
Tintern Old Station - A lovely stroll along the river, outside our front door, the Wye Valley Walk goes through St. Michaels Church (the church originally affiliated with the Old Rectory) and then back through Tintern Old Station, with a lovely tearoom, tourist information centre, wooden carvings of King Offa, Merlin and others, and a children’s play area.. This is classed as an easy walk although it can be muddy if there is a high tide. It is 45 min to one hour.
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