Manor Wood, near Monmouth

Small woodland in the Wye Valley

What's here

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.

 

Welcome

Manor Wood is on the edge of a quiet village on the eastern side of the Wye Valley.

It was once a busy working woodland and was home to paper mills, a corn mill and a cider mill.

There are remnants of charcoal and sawing pits and other signs of industry hidden away in the woods.

The two walking trails are short but challenging as you need to cross the stream in several places.

Next to the parking area, there is a picnic site, children's play area and large grassy area.

The children’s play area has a climbing frame, wobbly bridge, balance beams and swings.

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.

Manor Brook Leap

  • Grade: Strenuous
  • Distance: 1 mile/1.3 kilometres
  • Time: 45 minutes
  • Trail information: This circular trail follows some of the course of the Manor Brook and crosses the stream in several places. The ground is uneven, there are rocky sections and it includes a set of stepping stones. 

This streamside trail isn’t called the Manor Brook Leap for nothing - it crosses the stream in several places so be prepared for rocks, water and the odd leap!

Manor Wood Walk

  • Grade: Strenuous
  • Distance: 2 miles/3.1 kilometres
  • Time: 1½ hours
  • Trail information: This circular trail crosses the stream in several places and is steep at times. Be prepared for rocks and uneven ground. There is a narrow footbridge and steps on this trail.

The highlight of this trail through the woodland is the Whitebrook Valley viewpoint which has a bench to enjoy the view.

Wye Valley woodlands

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.

There are walking trails in three of our other woodlands at Beacon View, Whitestone and Wyndcliff.

Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

The Wye Valley 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.

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

Manor Wood is 6 miles south of Monmouth.

It is in the county of Monmouthshire.

Ordnance Survey map

Manor Wood is on Ordnance Survey (OS) map OL 14.

The OS grid reference is SO 523 062.

Directions

Take the B4293 from Monmouth towards Chepstow.

After 3 miles, take the left hand turning, signposted to The Narth.

Continue along this road and turn right at the crossroads.

Follow this road for 1½ miles into the village and the car parking area is on the left, opposite The Narth village hall.

Public transport

The nearest mainline railway station is in Chepstow.

For details of public transport visit the Traveline Cymru website.

Parking

Car parking is free of charge.

Contact details

0300 065 3000

enquiries@naturalresourceswales.gov.uk

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