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Get out
==Get out==
*A few miles upstream from Chepstow, on the river Wye, are the ruins of the '''Cistercian [[Tintern]] Abbey''', founded in 1131. Perhaps in a few years it will be possible to cycle to Tintern safely if While the UK cycycling group [http://www.sustrans.co.uk/webcode/content.asp?ID=220 Sustrans] plan for have proposed an off-road [http://www.wyevalleycycling.org.uk/map.htm cycle cycling route along the former railway to Tintern[[Monmouth]] this has been rejected again recently due to local opposition, and consequently the re-instatement of the railway is sanctionedcurrently equally likely (i.e. not very). *The first part of the [http://www.wyevalleywalk.org/english/index.php Wye Valley Walk], which starts at the bottom of The Dell, by the Castle will take you to Tintern. The [http://www.offas-dyke.co.uk/index.php3 Offa's Dyke Path] will also get you there. Cross the 1816 Bridge over the Wye and follow the steep path up the hill on the other side. You really need walking boots because there are usually some muddy sections. Allow about 3-4 hours for either way. Go one way and come back the other is a good day out, lunching in [[Tintern.]]. * Go climbing at [[Woodcroft]], a couple of miles out of Chepstow, on the Gloucestershire side of the Wye. [http://www.ukclimbing.com/databases/crags/craginfo.html?id=51 Wintour's Leap] is a limestone cliff popular with climbers and considered "the gem of the Wye Valley".
*The [http://www.ndac.co.uk National Diving & Activity Centre] is at [[Tidenham]], a couple of miles away along the road to Gloucester ('''A48'''). Site open Wed - Fri: 9:30am - 5pm 1st dive 10am, out of water by 4:00pm. Friday/Saturday/Sunday & bank holidays: 8am - 5pm, Out of water by 4pm. Tel: 01291 630850, e-mail: [mailto:[email protected] [email protected]].
*Visit the [http://www.deanforestrailway.co.uk/station_norchard.html Dean Forest Railway] which is based at the Norchard Steam Centre, on the B4234 Forest Road between [[Lydney]] and [[Whitecroft]], about 9 miles from Chepstow. Entrance is free on non-passenger train days. An example of steam train fares is Adult: £6.50, Senior: £5.50, Child aged 5 to 16: £4.50, child under 5 is free, for all day, travel as many times as you like. But see the web site for alternatives: http://www.deanforestrailway.co.uk/timetable.html#fares.
*A map of the area (available from most good bookshops and tourist information centres in Chepstow) will allow you to plan your own walks - although beware that several footpaths marked do not exist or will not be in a suitable state. Nonetheless, this can allow some excellent views of the landscape without going far from Chepstow. Check that the map does mark footpaths clearly before buying however, as many don't.
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