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image for Forest or Woodland item typeWye Valley Woodlands at Wye Valley Woodlands (NRW)

Forest or Woodland, free entry

Wye Valley

Wye Valley

Wye Valley

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Head to this haunt of painters and poets - experience spectacular views

The woodlands of the lower Wye Valley are some of the most beautiful in Britain. Every season offers something special: bluebells in spring, lush summer leaves, fantastic autumn colour, and the beauty of winter tree silhouettes. Discover stately oak and beech trees as well as ash, cherry and small-leaved lime. Several viewpoints offer spectacular views across the Wye gorge and river, across to the Bristol Channel and the old Severn Bridge. You can enjoy these great views year-round but especially in winter, when the leaves have fallen.

The Wye Valley combines a unique blend of Welsh and English influences. A place of breathtaking natural scenery and the birthplace of British tourism, the Wye Tour has enthralled discerning visitors since the 18th Century (including the landscape painter William Turner). It is difficult to imagine today that the lower Wye Valley was once teeming with industry.

Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

The Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is an internationally important protected landscape. It surrounds a 45-mile stretch of the meandering Wye Valley south of Hereford. It straddles the borders between England and Wales, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Monmouthshire.

Recognised for its spectacular scenery, this living and working landscape is steeped in history and rich in wildlife, archaeological gems and impressive geological features.

Accepts groups

Children welcomeDogs accepted

There are several walking trails that start from the different car parks associated with the Wye Valley Woodlands. Please note: Sometimes we need to close or divert trails for your safety whilst we undertake maintenance work or forest operations. Occasionally we may have to close a site in extreme weather, such as high winds or snow and ice due to the risk of injury to visitors or staff. Please always follow any instructions onsite and make sure you follow any temporary diversion signs in place.

Open all the time

Prices

Free entry

Contact

Enquiries

0300 065 3000

Address

Wye Valley,
Between Chepstow and Monmouth,
GL16 7NZ

Location

Directions

Plan route to Wye Valley Woodlands  (NRW) using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SO 565156  Lat: 51.83800 Long: -2.63244

Chepstow, Monmouth, Newport, Ross on Wye, Cinderford, Coleford, Lydney, Chepstow, Caldicot, and Abergavenny are the nearest towns or villages.

The A 466 runs though the Wye Valley, between Chepstow and Monmouth.

OS Grid Reference: ST515932

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport

Facilities

  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted

There are several walking trails that start from the different car parks associated with the Wye Valley Woodlands. Please note: Sometimes we need to close or divert trails for your safety whilst we undertake maintenance work or forest operations. Occasionally we may have to close a site in extreme weather, such as high winds or snow and ice due to the risk of injury to visitors or staff. Please always follow any instructions onsite and make sure you follow any temporary diversion signs in place.