Wye Valley Woodlands - Beacon View, near Monmouth

Woodland walks with views to the Brecon Beacons

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Coronavirus update


Our sites and most visitor facilities are open but, under the current coronavirus restrictions in Wales, this is intended only for the use of people who live locally.


You are strongly advised – in line with current Welsh Government regulations – not to drive to any of our sites to exercise unless you have specific health or mobility issues.


We have changed the normal route for some of our trails to help you maintain social distancing – please follow signs on site.



Beacon View is the starting point for a couple of walks through the peaceful woodland of Beacon Hill.

Both walks pass through areas of recovering heathland. These open areas were cleared of pine trees to allow the heather to return. Grazing ponies help to keep aggressive species from taking over the heathland.

There are viewpoints along the way to enjoy far-reaching views over the Wye Valley.

Wye Valley woodlands

The woodlands of the lower Wye Valley are some of the most beautiful in Britain.

Every season brings something special: bluebells in spring, lush summer leaves, fantastic autumn colour, and the beauty of winter tree silhouettes.

Historic viewpoints off­er spectacular views across the Wye gorge and river, across to the Bristol Channel and the old Severn Bridge. You can enjoy these great views year-round but especially in winter, when the leaves have fallen.

The breath-taking natural scenery here has enthralled visitors for centuries, including painters and poets from Turner to Wordsworth.

Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

The woodlands are situated in the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

The AONB is an internationally important protected landscape straddling the border between England and Wales.

It surrounds a 58 mile stretch of the River Wye which is recognised for its spectacular gorge scenery, ravine woodlands and farmland.

Find out more about the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Closures and diversions

Please note:

  • Sometimes we need to close or divert trails for your safety whilst we undertake maintenance work or forest operations
  • Occasionally we may have to close a site in extreme weather, such as high winds or snow and ice due to the risk of injury to visitors or staff
  • Please always follow any instructions onsite and make sure you follow any temporary diversion signs in place

Walking trails

The walking trails are waymarked and start from Beacon View car park.

Beacon Bimble

1½ miles, 2.4 kilometres, easy

The Beacon Bimble is a circular walk on mainly wide level paths through woodland and areas of recovering open heathland. The viewpoint has a picnic bench and views over the Brecon Beacons.


Duchess Ride Ramble

3 miles, 4.7 kilometres, easy

Enjoy heathlands and woodlands on this mainly level circular walk to an avenue of huge Scots Pine trees and the Duchess Ride viewpoint. Here there is a bench and great views of the Wye Valley and, on a clear day, to the Black Mountains in the Brecon Beacons National Park.


Other route

There is a 1¾ mile (3 kilometre) waymarked walk in Manor Wood in the nearby village of Narth.

The small roadside parking area here has a grassy picnic site and children's play area.

How to get here


Beacon View is six miles south of Monmouth.

It is in the county of Monmouthshire.

Car parking is free of charge in Beacon View car park.


From Tintern follow the sign for Catbrook at the junction adjacent to the Wye Valley Hotel. Follow this road for about 2½ miles. Turn left at the T junction opposite Whitestone car park. Take the third turning on the right, opposite Beacon Lodge, and Beacon View car park is on the right after ¼ mile.

Download the location map.

Ordnance Survey map

Beacon View is on Ordnance Survey (OS) map OL 14.

The OS grid reference is SO 510 052.

Public transport

For details of public transport visit www.traveline.cymru

Contact details

Tel: 0300 065 3000

Email: enquiries@naturalresourceswales.gov.uk


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