220 – Part 3. Exploring Chepstow and the Wye Valley / Louise and Melinda’s Wales Holiday

Today the  River Wye forms a natural border between the countries of Wales and England. In fact, curiously the town of Chepstow is situated half in Monmouthshire, Wales and half in Gloucestershire, England. In lower Chepstow an elegant arched cast iron bridge spans the river. This was built in 1810 and replaced former crossings constructed of wood.

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We took a stroll on the Welsh riverside where there is a park with a bandstand.

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On a formidable cliff adjacent to the river stands the mighty castle which dates back to the 11th century.

Here are some photos I took on a former visit to Chepstow.

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Chepstow’s Visitor Centre

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A Georgian street leading down to the river.

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Chepstow was once a port of some importance and was protected by sturdy town walls, which can still be seen today.

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The Priory Church of St Mary

We found a sweet little tea shop named the Tiffin in St Mary’s Street.

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Following the River Wye upstream you come to the village of Tintern. Here are the remains of a Cisternian abbey which was founded in 1131. It fell into ruin following the Dissolution of Monasteries ordered by King Henry VIII. This is a photographer’s paradise. As you can see we were graced by beautiful weather and clear blue skies.

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This magnificent historic structure is now preserved and cared for by the Welsh association known as  Cadw.

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Next to the Abbey is the Anchor Inn where we called in for refreshments and sampled a rhubarb and rose hip sponge cake with cups of tea. Delicious !

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Tintern village sits on the banks of the River Wye and is the heart of the lower Wye Valley. Steep, wooded hills, rivers, streams and leafy walks all add to the natural beauty of this beautiful unspoiled area. There are many interesting trails through the Wye Valley. Nearby is Offa’s Dyke, an ancient earthwork barrier built in the 8th century by Offa, King of Mercia to divide his kingdom with that of Powys (now Wales). Below are some views of the river.

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An abandoned old cottage. If only we had the money to buy it !!!

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Also in Tintern is the old Abbey Mill with small shops selling local crafts and souvenirs.

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Typical costume of Wales

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Welsh Love Spoons

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A Davy miners’ safety lamp and copper kettle

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Continuing on a little further is the Old Station Visitor Centre, with its tea rooms and picnic area. The station was built in 1876 and closed in the 1950’s. Old railway carriages contain exhibitions and various railway memorabilia.

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Carved wooden figure of King Offa of 8th century Mercia

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Carved wooden figure of King Tewdrig of Gwent

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Carved wooden figure of Eleanor of Provence, spouse of England’s Henry III. (It looks as if she has a splitting headache !!!)

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Wooden sculpture of Sabrina the princess / goddess of the River Severn

Continuing further up-stream we came to the small picturesque village of Brockweir, which is situated on the English side of the river Wye. The river is traversed by a cast iron bridge that was constructed in 1906. We took a wander along the riverbank and as you can see the river was in full spate. We then walked on through the village.

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Monk’s Hall dates from the 14th century.

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All photos by me © Louise Shapcott

(except where  photos have been rightfully accredited to the photographer / owner)

#chepstow #wyevalley #tintern #abbey #brockweir #wales #monmouthshire

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