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Our 5 favourite Monmouthshire park walks

This year, our parks and green spaces have been a vital lifeline to many of us during lockdown. They’re not just a perk of a great neighbourhood but a place for people to interact with each other and nature, helping to improve our mental health and wellbeing. Their trees remove a wide range of pollutants from the air and they provide natural habitats for many different animals. They're also some of the best places for a walk.

To help you make the most of our parks, we've put together a list of our 5 favourite Monmouthshire park walks. From picturesque views over the Wye Valley at Piercefield Park, to walks alongside the castle at Caldicot, these short trails will give you a new appreciation for our parkland.

#1 Caldicot Castle Country Park Walk

A green flag site for many years, Caldicot Castle Country Park is a 55 acre site surrounding the medieval castle. This 1.3 mile walk takes you through meadows and woodland, criss-crossing the Nedern Brook and around the large pond in the centre of the country park. You'll even walk in the bed of the old Caldicot Castle moat.

The Country Park is always open, with parking open 8.30am - 8.30pm every day. The castle itself is open 10am - 4pm Tuesday - Sunday between Easter and the end of October. Both the castle and country park are free to visit (except for occasional event days).

#2 Piercefield Park Walk, Chepstow

A Grade 1 Registered Historic Park & Garden, the Piercefield Estate in Chepstow was renowned in the 18th century for its Picturesque views over the Wye Valley and scenic gardens. It was a key stop on the Wye Tour, helping to usher in the birth of British Tourism.

You can experience these picturesque views for yourself on this 3 mile circular walk starting and finishing at the nearby Chepstow Leisure Centre. The walk takes in three Wye Valley viewpoints (The Grotto, The Platform & the Alcove) as well as walking past the remains of Piercefield House and alongside Chepstow Racecourse.

#3 Castle Meadows & Linda Vista Garden Walk

With 20 acres of riverside meadowland, Castle Meadows is a beautiful spot in the heart of Abergavenny, overlooked by Abergavenny Castle. The meadows are alongside Linda Vista Gardens, a Victorian formal garden now managed by the local community.

This 1.5 mile circular walk takes you around the meadow and through Linda Vista, offering great views towards the Blorenge Mountain. 

#4 Old Station Tintern Walk

Voted the UK's favourite park in 2011, the 10 acre site at the Old Station in Tintern has long been a Green Flag winner. The park offers riverside walks along the Wye Valley, a fantastic tea room, children's play area and plenty of picnic spots.

This 2.5 mile walk starts and finishes at the Old Station, and takes you along both sides of the River Wye between Brockweir and the village of Tintern itself. 

#5 Llanover Park

Enjoy a walk around the parkland of Llanover House, a 19th century estate built for Benjamin Hall (Baron Llanover), whom Big Ben is named after. This 3 mile walk crosses open parkland and countryside and skirts the boundaries of the current Llanover Estate as well as taking you alongside a section of the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal.

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