Places to stay, things to do, good food and drink
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.
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.
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.
Whether cycling, climbing, caving or a gentle stroll is your style – you can find everything in this area.
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.
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.
Find out more about all the amazing activities and events in the Wye Valley here.
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