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Autumn Colours in Monmouthshire

Americans call it leaf-peeping. The Japanese call it momiji-gari. Whatever you choose to call it, there’s nothing quite like the autumn displays in the Wye Valley when the leaves on the deciduous trees change from green to red, gold and orange as the temperature drops and the days get shorter. The best displays are usually in October and early November. So, with the autumnal equinox just around the corner (22 September) this is a perfect time to plan your visit to the Wye Valley.

The best walks for leaf-peeping in Monmouthshire

Health Walk - Tintern Walk

2.5 mile walk from the Old Station, Tintern enjoying both sides of the River Wye.

16 Goytre Hall Wood

A gentle 1.8 mile walk taking in woodland and the canal at Goytre Wharf south of Abergavenny.

8 Wentwood to Gray Hill

A strenuous 7.6 mile walk in woodland and common near Shirenewton.

12 Clytha and Bettws Newydd

A 6 mile walk along the Usk Valley Walk and back via Bettws Newydd and the National Trust’s Clytha estate, in countryside between Abergavenny and Raglan.

15 Llandogo Village

A 3 mile walk around Llandogo village in the Wye Valley.

The best autumn views

Gray Hill

Offering fantastic views over Wentwood and the Severn Estuary, the climb to Gray Hill is well worth the effort.

Devil's Pulpit Viewpoint

One of the most spectacular views in the Wye Valley, Devil's Pulpit looks over Tintern Abbey & the Wales / England border. Starting in Tintern, Monmouthshire, you cross into Gloucestershire before walking through woods up to the viewpoint.

Eagle's Nest Viewpoint & Wyndcliff Wood

Wyndcliff Wood is a superb example of a lower Wye Valley gorge woodland. There is a waymarked walk (with 365 steps!) from the car park to the Eagles Nest lookout which is one of the best viewpoints in the Wye Valley.

The Skirrid Mountaintop (Skirrid Fawr)

Enjoy stunning views over Monmouthshire and Abergavenny from the Skirrid Fawr (Big Skirrid), following a 2 hour (4 mile) circular route from the National Trust car park.

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Enjoy delicious local food

Fig Tree Espresso

Fig Tree Espresso is an independant coffee shop run two young people with a passion for delivering high quality coffee using beans that have been roasted locally.

Sugarloaf Restaurant at Raglan Garden Centre

We warmly welcome guests of all ages to our restaurant with family-friendly menus and delicious freshly-prepared food from our chef’s daily specials to light lunches.

The Anchor Inn

The Anchor Tintern dates from the twelfth century and is set in extensive grounds alongside the River Wye with the stunning backdrop of Tintern Abbey.

The Golden Lion

The Golden Lion is a highly rated and reviewed bar and restaurant situated in the heart of Magor Square.

The Bell at Skenfrith

The restaurant at the bell at Skenfrith has won many awards for its food, including 2 aa rosettes. most recently, we were very proud to have won the best place to eat - pub, as voted by the public, in the wales national tourism awards.

The Stonemill Country Dining

Country Dining at its finest, just outside Monmouth. Great food at fantastic prices.

The Whitebrook

Set in 1 acre of tranquil, landscaped gardens in the beautiful Wye Valley, 5 miles from Monmouth, The Whitebrook are proud holders of one Michelin star and 3 AA rosettes putting us amongst the top restaurants in the country.

The Hardwick

The Hardwick is a country pub and restaurant owned and run by chef Stephen Terry, who along with his wife Joanna, make it a priority to bring fantastic seasonal menus mostly prepared with local produce, to their customers.

The New Court Inn

We have lovingly restored this inn back to its former glory. All of our dishes are created from first principles by passionate, experienced chefs and our selection of real ales & ciders is the best for miles around.

TranquiliTea

Tranquilitea is a boutique shop/tea cafe which offers a wide selection of loose leaf tea from all around the globe.

The Walnut Tree

The Walnut Tree Restaurant sits on the B4521, two miles East of Abergavenny, and has been a famous inn and restaurant since it began in the early 1960’s.

Stone Rock Pizza

Stone Rock Pizza is a Multi National Award Pizzeria situated in the centre of Chepstow just a few minutes walk from the Castle and tourist Information centre.

The Parsons Nose Shop

Visit our Countryside Alliance award-winning shop & cafe in Dingestow, Monmouthshire. We produce award winning sausages, bacon, pies, pasties and homemade cakes.

Penelope's Cafe at Goytre Wharf

Penelope's cafe sits alongside the Monmouthshire & Brecon canal in the heart of Goytre Wharf. We offer Barista style coffee, cakes, hot and cold snacks and ice cream.

Parva Farmhouse Hotel & Restaurant

A 17th Century former farmhouse set yards from the banks of the River Wye, less than a mile from Tintern Abbey. It has been a guesthouse for some years with a loyal following, and now has a proper restaurant too.

The Rising Sun

We are a family run business located in the village of Pandy, near Abergavenny, Monmouthshire and only a few miles from the Welsh and English Border.

The Wild Hare Pub

At The Wild Hare, you will receive a true countryside pub experience alongside locally sourced, seasonal menus. With comfy sofas and a cosy log burner, there's nowhere better to enjoy a delicious meal or a pint of local beer.

Afternoon Tea at the Angel

The Angel Hotel is a member of the prestigious UK Tea Guild having previously held an ‘Award of Excellence’ since 2008. Only nine hotels outside of London have achieved this.

The Sloop Inn

The bar at the Sloop Inn is spacious and comfortable to local and visitor alike. The historic building is over 300 years old and was originally built as a cider house and mill.

Una Vita Italian Restaurant

Una Vita is a contemporary and modern Italian restaurant and cocktail bar located in the heart of Chepstow town centre serving the very best in Italian dishes using locally sourced produce.

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