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Wyndcliff Wood is a superb example of a lower Wye Valley gorge woodland with ancient hanging beech and yew as well as lime, ash and hazel coppice.
There is a waymarked walk (with 365 steps!) from the car park at Lower Wyndcliff to the famous Eagles Nest lookout which is one of the best viewpoints in the Wye Valley.
The viewpoint looks across the bend in the Wye to see the rocks of Wintours leap, the Severn bridges and estuary and, on a clear day, the Cotswold and Mendip hills.
Eagle's Nest Trail
1¼ miles, 2 kilometres, moderate or difficult (depending on route chosen)
The Eagle's Nest Trail is a superb walk full of excitement and mystery to the famous Eagle's Nest viewpoint. It was constructed in 1828 for the Duke of Beaufort when such dramatic viewpoints were fashionable.
The trail can be followed either clockwise or anti-clockwise depending on whether you want to go up or down the 365 steps.
Moderate route: For the moderate route, follow the waymarkers clockwise through attractive woodland to the Upper Wyndcliff Car Park. The route continues on to the viewpoint and then returns down 365 uneven steps.
Difficult route: Climb the 365 uneven steps first to head straight for the Eagles Nest viewpoint. The return route is either back down the steps, or to make a circular walk, head towards Upper Wyndcliff car park and return through woodland to Lower Wyndcliff car park.
- Free Parking
Map & Directions
Follow the A466 from Chepstow towards Tintern. The Lower Wyndcliff car park is on the right after going through the village of St Arvans. There is also a small car park at Upper Wyndcliff from where you can reach the viewpoint without having to climb up or down the 365 steps. The Upper Wyndcliff car park is on a minor road off the A466. Take the first left north of the village of St Arvans, signposted to Wyndcliff, and the car park is on the right. The OS grid reference is ST 526 971.
Public Transport Directions
Bus : The Route 69 bus runs hourly along the Wye Valley from Chepstow to Monmouth via Tintern, operated by Phil Anslow coaches on behalf of Monmouthshire County Council.