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Once part of the hunting grounds of Chepstow Castle, Wentwood Forest offers walks with breathtaking views over the Severn Estuary. Its diversity of habitats means it is home to some wonderful wildlife. Visit in spring to enjoy the bluebells or in autumn to spot colourful fungi.
Wentwood forms part of the largest block of ancient woodland in Wales, and is a remnant of the continuous forest that once stretched from the River Usk to the Wye. There are a number of Bronze Age tumuli (funerary barrows) on the ridge tops, and in Roman times the wood was an important source of timber.
The forest was so important to the area that the ancient Kingdom of Gwent used to be divided into Gwent Uwch-coed ("beyond the wood") and Gwent Is-coed ("below the wood").
Nowadays it is the perfect place for a woodland walk.
Map & Directions
The main entrances are located at the two car parks: Foresters’ Oaks and Cadira Beeches, on the road to Usk. There are a number of other entrances, including Wentworth Gate which is closest to bus routes and the ancient Curley Oak.
The forest has an extensive network of roads, tracks, footpaths and bridleways, waymarked throughout, providing many walking routes. Paths are moderate with some short, steep climbs, and can be muddy in winter. The site is also a popular location for horse riding, orienteering and cycling.