Towns & Villages in the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean

Discover our Towns & Villages

Our historic towns and villages are one of things that make exploring a new area a delight. From the independent specialist shops to the monuments, important buildings and ancient churches plus all the great cafes and pubs to the interesting walks, cycle routes and days out, there is something for all tastes to be found.

If you're staying nearby you may want to stock up on provisions from one of the delis or farm shops, pick up some souvenirs or local produce, pop into a tourist information or enjoy a meal out. Click on any of the towns or villages for more information or browse the map to see where they are located.

Take your time and explore the old mining towns of the Forest of Dean, the castle towns of Monmouthshire or the market towns of Herefordshire. Even better find a great pub and have a long lunch!

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Goodrich

Small Herefordshire village that is home to a well preserved castle open to the public. Nearby Coppett Hill has good walks and great views of the Wye Valley.

Towns and Villages in or near Goodrich


Whitebrook

Small village in a steep sided valley by the Wye which was best known for its paper mills in the 18th and 19th centrury, the remains of which can still be seen. Site of a Michelin starred restaurant.

Towns and Villages in or near Monmouth


Newnham-on-Severn

A small village on the banks of the River Severn with walks, views and is one of the best spots to view the Severn Bore

Towns and Villages in or near Newnham


Chepstow - Cas-gwent

A bustling border market town, Chepstow is the gateway to the Wye Valley and Wales

Towns and Villages in or near Chepstow


Hereford

An old walled city, dating from Saxon times, Hereford is the area’s administrative, commercial, cultural and agricultural centre.

Towns and Villages in or near Hereford


Lydbrook

The village, with its rich industrial history, occupies the steep sided valley close to the Rive Wye. It is an ideal based for walking cycling and enjoying the river.

Towns and Villages in or near Lydbrook


Soudley

A small but thriving village with a series of ponds which are a haven to wildlife

Towns and Villages in or near Cinderford


Newent

Newent lies in the north of the Forest of Dean, this attractive, un-spoilt market town has buildings dating back to the 13th century and a half timbered market house.

Towns and Villages in or near Newent


Staunton, Near Coleford

Small village between Coleford and Monmouth close to the Welsh border. There is good walking around the village and from the Buckstone their are great views into Wales.

Towns and Villages in or near Coleford


Mitcheldean

Large and thriving community on the northern fringe of the Forest with old timbered houses, a fine church and an artisan brewery.

Towns and Villages in or near Mitcheldean


Skenfrith

Skenfrith sits on the Welsh (south) bank of the River Monnow, which is the historical boundary with England. Set in the middle of the village is historic Skenfrith Castle.

Towns and Villages in or near Abergavenny


Tidenham

Just to the north of Chepstow, Tidenham is bordered by the River Wye on the west and the River Severn on the south. Offa's Dyke path runs through the village with great views along the Wye.

Towns and Villages in or near Chepstow