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Maxine Howells photo of Caldicot Castle

Take a look at Caldicot this Autumn/Winter

Even though Covid restrictions are limiting the places to which we can travel, Monmouthshire businesses are still offering a huge range of products and services – on the high street and online, with several providing local delivery, too.

Check out these ideas in and around Caldicot, and, when guidance allows, why not take a trip there?

Caldicot Market

Every Tuesday and Saturday between 9am and 3pm, there’s a general market in Caldicot’s pedestrianised town centre. Check the Facebook page for news of the Winter market on 7th November and the Christmas markets on 5th and 19th December.

Castle Inn, Caldicot

The Castle Inn, on the edge of the Country Park, has expanded what it offers to help serve the local community. They have an online shop selling everything from milk and meat, to veg boxes and afternoon tea – with local delivery available. The Inn now has extra dining space inside heated marquees, and there’s a tempting selection of offers including Steak Night every Wednesday and Curry Nights on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Coach and Horses, Caerwent

For something completely different, head to the Coach and Horses in Caerwent, where you can take on the challenge of escaping from their brand new Puzzle Rooms - suitable for adults and children. Like many pubs, they’re offering takeaways – ranging from burgers and lasagne to full Sunday roast.

Caldicot Castle & Country Park

Caldicot Castle by Catherine Mayo

During these fine autumnal days, we can all benefit from getting out and enjoying Monmouthshire’s colourful landscapes. Close to Caldicot’s town centre is the 55-acre country park surrounding Caldicot Castle. Much loved by locals, this dog-friendly country park is criss-crossed with paths, and has a children’s play area. Follow this route for an enjoyable 45 minute walk. The Country Park and the car park in Church Road is always open, while the car park adjacent to the castle is open from 8am to 5.30pm.

Green Flag Award winners

Well done to The Cornfield in Portskewett and Caldicot Castle & Country Park on gaining the Green Flag Award 2020 in recognition of the high quality of these outdoor spaces. If you fancy more than a gentle stroll, try the fitness sessions held at The Cornfield.

Wrap up and go walking

Black Rock Lave Net Statue

As the saying goes…there’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing. So wrap up and explore these routes near Caldicot:

  • Roman Caerwent Walk Easy 2-mile walk one stile and two sets of steps
  • Mathern & St Pierre walk Moderate 2.7 mile walk with one steady ascent and five stiles
  • Black Rock Walk Easy 3-mile walk with one footbridge with steps and no stiles
  • Rogiet Countryside Park Flat paths through the former railway sidings which nature has reclaimed as meadows, scrubland and woodland.
Stretch your legs even further on the 14-mile Monmouthshire section of the Wales Coast Path which provides dramatic views of the two bridges across the Severn. Bring your sandwiches and a flask for a break at Black Rock picnic site. You can’t miss the new, iconic, wooden sculpture, next to the Black Rock Lave Net Fishermen’s net house. From this position overlooking the Severn estuary fishing grounds, the sculpture celebrates the tradition of the lave net fishermen who have practised their unique way of fishing in the Severn for centuries. Sculpted by local artist Chris Wood, from a 300-year old Welsh oak tree, it is said to be modelled on one of the current Black Rock lave net fishermen!

Visit Safely

When you visit Caldicot, please follow social distancing and government guidance, in order to help keep everyone safe. Look out for the 'We're Good to Go' tourism and hospitality industry kite mark for reassurance that the businesses you're planning to visit are following government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, ensuring processes are in place to maintain cleanliness and physical distancing. Please have a look at our Plan Your Visit page before you set off and check that the things you want to see and do are open and where facilities like toilets are available. For many places, advance booking may also be required. Please note that it's now mandatory to wear a mask in shops and inside public spaces and that group sizes for meeting indoors are limited to six people.

Please do not travel to Monmouthshire if you live in a local lockdown area of Wales or if you live in high incidence areas including all of Northern Ireland, central belt of Scotland (see: https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ssi/2020/318/regulation/2/made ), and areas in tiers 2 and 3 in England (see https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2020/1104/schedule/2/made for Tier 2 England and https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2020/1105/schedule/2/made for Tier 3 England).

Welsh Dragon