Chepstow to Tintern - Friday Route Recommendation

Route Recommendation Dec 18, 2020

Distance: 19.55km
Elevation Gain: 593m
Type: Trail
Route Link: Strava Link

One of my all time favourite routes; one I've done multiple times with friends and enjoyed immensely each loop.

Starting at Chepstow Castle, where there is a car park (paid parking, though very cheap on Sundays), you first go through the park into the woodlands on the western side of the River Wye.

Chepstow Castle itself
Start of the Wye Valley Walk

From here the trail leads you along the woodland skirting the river, to a viewpoint next to Giants Cave.  The trail itself continues through the short passageway.

Giants Cave

After this it leads you to the best part of the trail by far; the climb to the Eagles Nest.  This is a luscious, overgrown section where you clamber up rocky tracks to a view overlooking the whole of the Wye Valley, stretching all the way to the Severn Bridge.

The path up to Eagles Nest
The view from Eagles Nest itself, a great place to have a break

Our next section marks one of the most enjoyable trail running segments in recent memory; it's a slight decline all the way to Tintern, over roots and stones.  You can go pretty fast due to the slope and it feels similar to mountain biking, dodging the tree roots and jumping over rocks.

Tintern itself is known for its Abbey and the bridge over the river, a good place for a lunch stop with local shops & cafes around.

Tintern Abbey
The Old Bridge

Crossing the bridge takes us from Wales into Gloucestershire, where a long low lying track runs across the other side of the Wye.

The track then leads to a long climb up the hillside before hitting its apex overlooking the Wye from the east.

Before slowly descending back down to Chepstow Castle.

Bridge ending the run next to the castle itself

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Luke Merrett

Ex smoker and couch potato turned manic trail runner, wannabe ultra runner & proud Dad

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