Have a summit-inspired roadtrip
Whether you’re coming for a high-powered meeting with a world leader or a family break there are ample opportunities to discover what the Wye Valley and the rest of Wales have to offer.
The Bell at Skenfrith, Wye Valley by The Bell at SkenfrithAmid the green valleys and craggy coastlines of South and West Wales, you’ll find plenty to please your inner foodie – everything from chic contemporary restaurants to welcoming country inns. Abergavenny may be a small town, but is also the gastronomic capital of Wales. You’ll find delicious high-end fare and local seasonal produce at The Crown at Whitebrook, The Hardwick, The Walnut Tree and The Bell at Skenfrith.
Wine buffs can enjoy sumptuous tours and tastings at some Welsh vineyards including Monmouth’s Anchor Hill Estate, White Castle vineyard at Llanvetherine in Abergavenny or Parva Farm Vinyard in nearby Chepstow.
Tintern Abbey, Wye ValleyWales has 641 castles the last time we counted - more per square mile than anywhere on earth and there are is certainly no shortage of historic spots in Newport and the Vale of Usk. You’ll discover a delightful peppering of castles in the surrounding area including Usk, Chepstow, Raglan and Caldicot.
Just half an hour away, Tintern Abbey is the best-preserved medieval abbey in Wales, founded for Cistercian monks in 1131. It encompasses grand design and architectural detail of great finesse, a real beauty for keen photographers. Nearer still, Tredegar House is an imposing 17th century mansion set in 90 acres of parkland and gardens. The house and gardens are rife with rambling trails and nooks and crannies for kids (and the young at heart) to explore.
BikePark Wales, South Wales Valleys by CognationWhile you can enjoy all sports of crazy golf and high wire capers at the summit venue itself, there are ample opportunities for caving, climbing and abseiling throughout South Wales.
For ramblers, the surrounding Black Mountains are ideal for Sunday strolls and serious hikes, while Offa’s Dyke path is a mammoth 177mile National Trail… perhaps best walked in stages! Like a challenge? Then Bike Park Wales should feature on everyone’s activity bucket list. From novice bikers to the serious experts, there’s a trail to suit all abilities, whether you’re after an extreme or serene experience.
Antiques and boutiques
Cowbridge High Street, Vale of GlamorganPerhaps the Vale of Glamorgan’s most glamorous address, Cowbridge is a great place to browse for a (designer) bargain. Even for all the boutiques, galleries and cafés, Cowbridge remains the heart of the Vale’s farming community, and a great place to people watch. Be sure to stop for a pint at The Bear, a 12th century coaching inn – still doing a roaring trade. Closer still, Monmouth and Chepstow are both home to plenty of small independent stores and Antique shops.
And for something a bit different….
Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal, South Wales
- Hire a traditional canal boat and chug along the peaceful Brecon and Monmouthshire Canal. An ideal way to unwind and watch the world go by.
- Get a bird’s eye view of the green, rolling Wye Valley hills and surrounding peaks, with a balloon flight.
- Lord it up and be king of the castle, with a night’s stay at Craig-Y-Nos Castle between Swansea and Brecon, previously home to Opera singer Adelina Patti.
- Enjoy a pimms and get dressed up at Chepstow Racecourse.
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