A10: The Lower Wye Gorge: Eastern Circuit. Extreme cliffs, extreme meanders and a mad Royalist leap.

This page contains a summary and map of the walk. Full route details and description will be added as soon as I’ve got time!

This is a circular walk which begins in Chepstow near the castle, and then goes over the Wye, steadily climbing until you area at the top of a 300 foot vertical drop. The return is through fields with views of the Severn estuary and its two bridges.


  • Grade: Easy-Moderate -There is an initial climb out of Chepstow which is on good surfaces, and also a stretch along the top of high cliffs with a wire-mesh barrier. The best views are from a clifftop perch, which is very exposed – and not suitable for those with vertigo, children, or dogs off leads. The return route is easy enough – except after rain when there’s a lot of mud (best quality Wye valley mud!)
  • Length: 4.5 miles
  • Key Features: Chepstow Castle; Chepstow old bridge. Views from high limestone cliffs near Wintour’s leap, overlooking Lancaut peninsula, extravagant meanders in the Wye, and the cliffs of the western gorge.
  • Refreshments: Chepstow

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