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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


A small village on the edge of the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley, boasting a church and an inn, there is evidence of Staunton being occupied from Anglo-Saxon times. The village is mid-way between Coleford and Monmouth, close to the Welsh border.

Staunton is known for being surrounded by stones such as the Buckstone, the Suckstone and the Near Hearkening Rock and there are some fine walks linking these. The best-known stone and a local landmark is the Buckstone. When Lord Nelson and Lady Hamilton visited Monmouth and district in 1802, it was painted white in their honour. Up to the middle of the 19th century it used to rock on its base – however, in June 1885 a party of five travelling actors from the London Star Company and the landlord at the Agincourt Inn in Monmouth, having enjoyed an evening of sampling fine wines, managed to dislodge the stone and send it crashing down the slope. It split into several pieces, but was hauled back up the hill at great cost and to prevent further vandalism was cemented in place and no longer rocks.

From the Buckstone you can enjoy breath-taking views over the Welsh Mountains surrounding Abergavenny and nearer views towards Newland and Tintern.


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GL16 8NU
O/S Ref: SO 550125

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Situated on the A4136 Huntley to Monmouth road.

  • Coleford
  • Monmouth