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The Gwent Levels

Visit the scenic Gwent Levels on the banks of the Severn Estuary in Southern Monmouthshire. It's an area shaped by history, with the land reclaimed from the sea in Roman times, and evidence of this continuing to the present day. It also contains 8 ecologically important Site's of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and you can get up close with the animal & birdlife of the area at Gwent Wildlife Trust's Magor Marsh wetland reserve. 

Explore the history & heritage of the area through the ages, from the impressive Roman walls at Caerwent & medieval Caldicot Castle, to the living heritage of the Black Rock Lave Net Fishermen.

The levels are also filled with predominantly flat circular walks, making them well suited for all walkers. It's all tied together by the Wales Coast Path, winding its way along the coast all the way to Chepstow

Highlights of the Gwent Levels in Monmouthshire

Caldicot Castle

Black Rock Picnic Site

Caerwent Roman Town

Magor Marsh

Attractions & places to visit on the Gwent Levels

Black Rock Lave Net Heritage Fishery

The lave net fishermen of Black Rock promote the fishery as a heritage site and invite all to enjoy this last remaining welsh severn estuary salmon fishery which can be watched quite safely from the picnic site.

Dewstow Gardens and Grottoes

Dewstow Gardens & Grottoes is one of the most beautiful and fascinating historical gardens in Monmouthshire, South Wales. With beautifully landscaped paths and decorative beds, waterfalls and pools and a labrynth of tunnels and grottoes.

Caldicot Castle and Country Park

Immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the Castle’s exciting past. Caldicot Castle’s impressive structure is surrounded by an idyllic 55 acre Country Park. The castle grounds are now open every day 11am - 4pm.

The David Broome Event Centre

Wales' premier Equestrian Centre, and the UK's busiest. We welcome equestrian disciplines from grassroot to international level, including but not limited to Showjumping, Dressage, Eventing, Showing, Mounted Games and Carriage Driving.

Chepstow Museum

Chepstow Museum reveals the rich and varied past of this ancient town, once an important port and market centre.

Chepstow Castle (Cadw)

Beautifully preserved Chepstow Castle stretches out along a limestone cliff above the River Wye like a history lesson in stone.

Rogiet Countryside Park

Countryside managed park on the Gwent Levels.

Chepstow Bridge - Old Wye Bridge

Chepstow Bridge is the World's largest iron arch road bridge from the first 50 years (1780-1830) of iron and steel construction.

Sudbrook Interpretation Centre

Discover the history of Sudbrook and the Severn Tunnel, Wales' crucial rail link with England.

Warren Slade and Park

Woodland in Thornwell on the southeast edge of Chepstow. With dramatic views on top of cliffs at the lower end of The River Wye Gorge at Chepstow.

Black Rock Picnic Site

A great site to rest your legs offering panoramic views of the Severn Estuary and both Severn Bridge Crossings, it also offers parking if you wish to base yourself here.

Magor Marsh SSSI

Magor Marsh is the last relatively natural area of fenland on the Gwent Levels. From the fleeting glimpse of a kingfisher, to the sight of colourful dragonflies darting over the reens, this is an inspiring place to visit.

St Pierre Marriott Hotel & Country Club Golf

Marriott St. Pierre is built around a beautiful 14th Century Manor House set amidst 400 acres of tranquil parkland including two 18-hole golf courses.

Historic Magor Square

Perfect for a quick stop or longer stay, historic Magor Square retains a rural charm. Filled with pubs, bakeries, shops and more all surrounding our historic war memorial.

Caerwent Roman Town (Cadw)

An archaeologist’s paradise. Tribal capital of the Silures (Venta Silurum) - impressive fourth-century walls standing up to 17 feet (5.2m) high. Excavated houses, forum-basilica and a Romano-British temple also remain.

Where to Stay

Circular Walks on the Gwent Levels

Health Walk - Caerwent Walk

A 2 mile walk around the old Roman town of Caerwent.

Health Walk - Caldicot Castle

A 1.3 mile walk through Caldicot Castle Country Park.

Health Walk - Thornwell and Innage Walk

3 mile walk around the countryside to the south west of Chepstow.

Health Walk - Black Rock Walk

A 3 mile walk from Black Rock picnic area, using a section of the Wales Coast Path.

Health Walk - Mathern & St Pierre

2.7 miles from the village of Mathern, through farmland and the St Pierre golf course.

Health Walk - Bulwark Walk

2.6 miles around the Bulwark area of Chepstow, taking in the Wales Coast Path through Warren Slade.

Health Walk - Mathern & Wyelands

A 2.8 mile circuit in farmland between Mathern village and Chepstow.

Welsh Dragon