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Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

The nation's favourite river, flowing through some of the most beautiful lowland scenery in Britain.

Attraction in or near Monmouth


Dappled wooded glades, eye-stretching views, ancient ruins, towering cliffs and gentle river meadows all hold the key to the lure of the uniquely special Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Just like our National Parks the Wye Valley is a protected landscape and safeguarded in the national interest. 

It is the combination of the dramatic and the peaceful in this superb river landscape which makes this an exceptional area for walking, cycling, canoeing and other outdoor pursuits. Long-distance trails, Offa’s Dyke Path and the Wye Valley Walk, as well as many miles of footpaths and bridleways give you the chance to discover the beauty of this special place.

The Wye Valley is rewarding at any time of year.  In spring, woods are carpeted with bluebells, wild garlic and wood anemones. During summer, the meadows come alive with wild flowers.  Autumn sees trees bursting into red and gold, and the crisp cold of winter brings crystal clear views to the Black Mountains, Golden Valley and across to the Forest of Dean.

This is castle territory. As a disputed border for more than a thousand years, signs of war and power are evident from the ramparts of Offa’s Dyke to the stone walls of Chepstow and Goodrich Castles.

Tourism started here and the Picturesque movement found inspiration, giving rise to a strong artistic heritage .

Discover relics of our agricultural and industrial heritage which shaped life in this border valley Gnarled Herefordshire orchards hint of the cider industry, tiny ancient meadows bordered by  stone walls speak of farming traditions, whilst industrial relics tell of a time when the Wye Valley was leading the way in industrial innovation, long before the Industrial Revolution began. 




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  • Free
  • Nature
  • Visitor Attraction


Hadnock Road
NP25 3NG

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  • Monmouth