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image for Viewpoint/Beauty Spot item typeBeacon Hill at Wye Valley Woodlands (NRW)

Viewpoint/Beauty Spot, free entry

Wild ponies grazing at Beacon Hill

Wild ponies grazing at Beacon Hill

Wild ponies grazing the heathland at Beacon Hill Wye Valley Woodlands

Details

There are two walks from the Beacon Hill car park.

Both walks pass through areas of heathland. These areas have been cleared of pine trees to allow the heather to return and, as the heather recovers, grazing ponies are helping to keep aggressive species such as birch, gorse, and bracken from taking over.

The Beacon Bumble (1 mile, 1.5 kilometres)
This walk is an easy circular walk on mainly level paths through areas of heathland.

The Duchess Ride Ramble (3 miles, 4.5 kilometres).
The ramble is a mainly level circular walk through heathlands and woodlands to an avenue of huge Scots Pine trees and the Duchess Ride viewpoint. Here there is a picnic bench and great views of the Wye Valley and, on a clear day, to the Black Mountains in the Brecon Beacons National Park.

If you visit at dusk on a warm summers evening in late May or June, you may be lucky enough to hear or catch sight of an elusive bird, the nightjar. These summer migrants can be heard ‘churring’ from the undergrowth and with patience you may catch a glimpse of one as it quarters the evening sky in search of moths.

Bring back the heath! - The Heathland Restoration Project

Heathlands and open space are an important part of a forest, providing a home for many plants and animals. Ancient forests had lots of heathlands but now lowland heathland is a rare and threatened habitat. Did you know the UK has about 20% of the world total?

We have identified areas in the Wye Valley that were heathland in the past and have cleared areas of pine on Beacon Hill to help it return. As the heather recovers, grazing ponies are helping to keep aggressive species such as birch, gorse, and bracken from taking over.

Directions:

From the B4293 in Trellech take the road signed ‘Llandogo, Catbrook, Tintern’ and then the first left (½ mile). The Beacon Hill car park is ¼ mile on the right.

Public Transport:

The nearest rail station is Chepstow.

The OS Grid Ref: SO 510 052

Accepts groups

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs 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
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • 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.