2016 Wales Year of Adventure in the Wye Valley


This year is Wales Year of Adventure, a celebration of experiences across the principality’s outstanding natural landscapes, which also celebrate its rich and distinctive culture.

Here in the Wye Valley, adventure is much more than adrenaline-fuelled pursuits like gorge walking, coasteering, surfing, wild swimming, canyoning or kayaking – it’s the chance to discover a rich heritage and culture, stunning scenery, wildlife, or a magical stargaze at the Dark Sky Reserve.

You can forage for food, sing and dance at the world-famous Eisteddfod, or take a 2,000-year journey through time from the Romans to cosmopolitan, modern-day Wales.

In the Wye Valley


At the heart of the Wye Valley is Monmouth, credited as the birthplace of modern tourism.  The area has a rich cultural heritage, attracting poets from William Wordsworth to Thomas Gray.  Today, the area offers attractions and activities to suit all interests, whatever the weather.

Picture by Clint Randall 

A fan of the small or silver screen? Take on the new Film and TV Trail to follow in the footsteps of characters from Doctor Who, Harry Potter, Merlin, Star Wars and Captain America.

This autumn Abergavenny will be a centre of food, fun and music as the annual food festival takes place in September.

Also, the annual celebration of Welsh arts and culture, Eisteddfod, will take place in the town for the first time in a century. Don’t miss the Monmouth Festival, Europe’s largest free music event.

Tintern Abbey

Immerse yourself in history with a visit to Tintern Abbey, one of the world’s greatest monastic remains, which features beautifully-preserved arches that echo to Gregorian chants. The area is also home to the 11th century Goodrich Castle, Chepstow Castle and Raglan Castle.

Get active on the River Wye in a kayak at Symonds Yat with Way2GoAdventures, or explore waterfalls with Inspire 2Adventure.

Whether cycling, climbing, caving or a gentle stroll is your style – you can find everything in this area.

River Wye

Walkers can discover folklore along countryside trails such as Offa’s Dyke. Legend says that at this symbolic border, a Welshman would have his ears cut-off if caught to the east of it, whereas Englishmen trespassing west would be hung.

Many food adventures can be had at globally-renowned producers.  Ancre Hill vineyard, with views of the Brecon Beacons, Parva Farm, a privately-owned winery, and Apple County Cider tours and tastings.

Parva Farm

Forage for wild mushrooms and herbs with the help of Humble By Nature, a working farm at Penallt. Nearby is one of the Telegraph’s Gastro Pubs of the Year, The Inn at Penallt.Take your taste buds on a journey with a meal at one of two Michelin-starred restaurants.  The Walnut Tree in Abergavenny offers an eclectic mix of dishes that use the finest ingredients. In Monmouth discover The Whitebrook, which serves locally-sourced food with freshly-foraged herbs.

The Whitebrook
The Whitebrook

Find out more about all the amazing activities and events in the Wye Valley here.

Whatever your adventure be sure to share it on Twitter and Instagram with #walesadventure #findyourepic #deanwye










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