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Wye Valley woodlands - Lower Wyndcliff, near Chepstow

Gateway to the famous Eagles Nest lookout, one of the best viewpoints in the Wye Valley

A woman walking down stone stones at Wyndcliff Wood

What's here

Dogs welcome
Parking
Picnic area
Walking trail

Overview

Wyndcliff Wood is a superb example of a lower Wye Valley gorge woodland with ancient hanging beech and yew as well as lime, ash and hazel coppice.

There is a waymarked walk (with 365 steps!) from the car park at Lower Wyndcliff to the famous Eagles Nest lookout which is one of the best viewpoints in the Wye Valley.

The viewpoint looks across the bend in the Wye to see the rocks of Wintours leap, the Severn bridges and estuary and, on a clear day, the Cotswold and Mendip hills.

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 trail

The walking trail is waymarked and starts from Lower Wyndcliff car park.

Eagles Nest Trail

1¼ miles, 2 kilometres, moderate or difficult (depending on route chosen)

The Eagles Nest Trail is a superb walk full of excitement and mystery to the famous Eagles Nest viewpoint. It was constructed in 1828 for the Duke of Beaufort when such dramatic viewpoints were fashionable.

The trail can be followed either clockwise or anti-clockwise depending on whether you want to go up or down the 365 steps.

Moderate route: For the moderate route, follow the waymarkers clockwise through attractive woodland to the Upper Wyndcliff Car Park. The route continues on to the viewpoint and then returns down 365 uneven steps.

Difficult route: Climb the 365 uneven steps first to head straight for the Eagles Nest viewpoint. The return route is either back down the steps, or to make a circular walk, head towards Upper Wyndcliff car park and return through woodland to Lower Wyndcliff car park.

 Wyndcliff Wood - Eagles Nest Trail panel

Other routes

Piercefield Picturesque Walk

Part of the historic Piercefield Picturesque Walk runs through Wyndcliff Wood. 

This became a popular route for tourists to the Wye Valley in the 18th century and many of its features still exist today.

Wye Valley Walk

The Wye Valley Walk passes through Wyndcliff Wood.

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. 

Wonders of Whitestone trail

Whitestone car park is the starting point for the Wonders of Whitestone trail with historic viewpoints overlooking the dramatic Wye gorge and river.

Find out more

How to get here

Lower Wyndcliff car park is three and a half miles north of Chepstow on the A466.

The OS grid reference is ST 527 973.

Car parking is free of charge.

Download the location map.

Directions

Follow the A466 from Chepstow towards Tintern. The Lower Wyndcliff car park is on the right after going through the village of St Arvans.

There is also a small car park at Upper Wyndcliff from where you can reach the viewpoint without having to climb up or down the 365 steps. The Upper Wyndcliff car park is on a minor road off the A466. Take the first left north of the village of St Arvans, signposted to Wyndcliff, and the car park is on the right. The OS grid reference is ST 526 971.

Public transport

For details of public transport visit www.traveline.cymru

Contact details

Tel: 0300 065 3000

Email: enquiries@naturalresourceswales.gov.uk

Related document downloads

Wye Valley Woodlands Location map PDF [311.1 KB]

Other places in South East Wales

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