Wye Valley, Valleys Tintern, Monmouthshire - Wales where to go, what to see and where to stay in Wales

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The Wye Valley is one of the most dramatic and scenic landscape areas in southern Britain. From the source of the River Wye on the slopes of Plynlimon in Mid Wales to Chepstow where the river enters the Severn Estuary, the Wye Valley offers some of the most attractive and varied countryside in Britain. | Walkers can enjoy the Wye Valley Walk, which follows the Wye Valley - a 136 mile (218km) walk of startling contrasts from ravine gorge cloaked in woodland, through meadow and orchard, to rugged and remote uplands. From where it pours in rocky cascades from its mountain source to the battle scarred Anglo-Welsh borders with its ruined medieval castles. | The River Wye is the fifth-longest river in the United Kingdom and the upper part of the river passes through the settlements of Llangurig, Newbridge on Wye, Rhayader, Builth Wells and Hay-on-Wye before reaching Hereford, Ross-on-Wye, Symonds Yat, Monmouth and Tintern, and meeting the Severn estuary just below Chepstow. The total length is 134 miles (216 km). | The Wye Valley is one of the most popular locations for salmon fishing in the United Kingdom, and the Wye is also a popular river with canoeists due to the relatively slow flowing water - making it good for beginners - although the rapids at Symonds Yat are slightly more challenging. | The lower section of the Wye Valley is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) - an internationally important protected landscape straddling the border between England and Wales. The area designated as an AONB surrounds the 72-mile stretch from just south of the city of Hereford to Chepstow. This area covers parts of the counties of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Monmouthshire, and is recognised in particular for its limestone gorge scenery and dense native woodlands, as well as its wildlife, archaeological and industrial remains. Ross-on-Wye lies within the AONB itself, and Hereford, Monmouth, Coleford and Chepstow lie just outside its boundaries. | History buffs will appreciate the Wye Valley with many places to visit including castles at Chepstow and Monmouth and smaller castles at Goodrich, St Briavels, Ruardean, and Wilton. | The Cistercian abbey of Tintern, one of the greatest monastic ruins of Wales, stands on the banks of the Wye and is well worth a visit. Tintern Abbey was founded in 1131 by Cistercian monks, and is the best-preserved medieval abbey in Wales and an outstanding example of Gothic architecture.
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