Beacon View, near Monmouth

Walk through heathland and woodland

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

 

Welcome

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

Both walks pass through recovering heathland where open areas were cleared of pine trees to allow the heather to return.

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

Walking trails

The walking trails are waymarked from start to finish.

Look out for the information panel at the start of the trails.

Find out about walking trail grades.

Beacon Bimble

  • Grade: Easy
  • Distance: 1½ miles, 2.3 kilometres
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Trail information: This is a mainly level route with several gates. It starts on a wide path through woodland and goes through a gate onto a loose gravel path through the heathland. It returns through a beech tree avenue with a gentle slope downwards. There is a picnic bench by the car park and a picnic bench at the viewpoint (250 metres from the car park). 

Discover the return of an ancient landscape on this gentle walk through areas of recovering heathland.

Enjoy the views towards the Brecon Beacons at the viewpoint.

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Duchess Ride Ramble

  • Grade: Easy
  • Distance: 3 miles, 4.8 kilometres
  • Time: 1½ hours
  • Trail information: This is a mainly level route with several gates. It starts on a wide path through woodland and goes through a gate onto a loose gravel path through the heathland. It follows paths and tracks through the woodland before returning through a beech tree avenue with a gentle slope downwards. There is a picnic bench by the car park, a picnic bench at the Beacon Bimble viewpoint (250 metres from the car park), and a bench at the Duchess Ride viewpoint.

Enjoy woodland and heathland on this mainly level circular walk.

It goes past the viewpoint on the Beacon Bimble and then follows part of the Wye Valley Walk through an avenue of huge Scots Pine trees to the Duchess Ride viewpoint.

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Wye Valley Walk

The Wye Valley Walk passes through Beacon Hill woodland.

This is a 136 mile long distance walk along the River Wye between Chepstow and Hafren Forest.

You can join the route from Lower Wyndcliff car park - look out for the information panel and waymarkers.

Find out more about the Wye Valley Walk on the Wye Valley Walk website.

Wye Valley

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

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

Historic viewpoints offer spectacular views across the Wye gorge and river, across to the Bristol Channel and the Severn Bridges.

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

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. 

A range of partners work to conserve and enhance its beauty for now and the future.

Closures and diversions

  • Sometimes we need to close or divert trails for your safety whilst we undertake maintenance work or other operations.
  • 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 on site and any temporary diversion signs.

How to get here

Location

Beacon View is 6 miles south of Monmouth.

It is in the county of Monmouthshire.

Ordnance Survey map

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

The OS grid reference is SO 510 053.

Directions

Follow signs for Catbrook at the junction adjacent to the Wye Valley Hotel in Tintern.

After 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.

Public transport

For details of public transport go to the Traveline Cymru website.

Parking

Car parking is free of charge.

Contact details

0300 065 3000

enquiries@naturalresourceswales.gov.uk

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