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Welcome to our epic shores

This is Wales’ Year of the Sea. Monmouthshire has been shaped by water, both geographically and historically. The northern and eastern borders of the county are formed by the meandering Wye and Monnow Rivers, creating an often fought over borderland with England. The South has the ecologically teeming Gwent Levels along the Wales Coast Path and Severn Estuary. Then in the West you'll find the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal, a reminder of our industrial heritage, and the Usk River winding its way through the market towns of Usk and Abergavenny.

Welcome to our epic shores.

Year of the Sea highlights

Rivers, lakes and canals

Award-winning food & drink in Wales' food capital

A contested borderland shaped by water

Our recommended circular walks off the Wales Coast Path

1. Black Rock

2. Bulwark & Chepstow

3. Mathern & St Pierre

4. Mathern & Wyelands

5. Magor & Undy

6. Sudbrook & Portskewett

Discover our waterways

Walk the Wales Coast Path – the World’s first complete coastal path

Discover Roman camps, market towns and foodie delights along the Usk Valley Walk

Learn to sail, canoe, paddleboard and more on the watersports haven of Llandegfedd Reservoir

Follow the Wye Valley Walk through an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Walk, cycle, canoe or narrowboat along the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal

Take in hidden villages, ancient castles and beautiful scenery along the Monnow Valley Walk.

Discover more about Monmouthshire's Coast

Join the Lave Net Fishermen at Black Rock

Try your hand at Foraging on the Wales Coast Path

View the Monmouthshire Coast from the Sky

Discover Chepstow's history as a busy port & important market town

Welsh Dragon